Baha’i Youth Conference Scotland 2014 ‘to inspire a generation for a better world’

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Dundee, Scotland: A conference organised by the Baha’i Council for Scotland aimed to equip and assist young people across Scotland, to bring a positive change in them and in their respective communities.

The youth conference, held in Dundee from 31 October to 2 November, focused on how to bridge gaps, build friendships and become better citizens of our communities and societies. It was a follow up to a larger series of international events organised by the Baha’i community which over fifty thousand young people from all around the world attended.

The material used in the conference was inspired by the founder of the Baha’i faith, Bahá’u’llah, who taught his followers to treat fellow beings with love and respect.

The participants of the conference were aged between 18 and 30. They came from different faiths, backgrounds, races, religions and cultures, and all participated with eagerness and interest.

The group was encouraged to reach out to children in the formative age range of 12-15 who may need support, advice and guidance from their older peers, to help them make good choices, improve their situation and improve their communities.

The attendees were asked to model plans to build up a society, which was then presented to the whole group.

Participants of the Baha'i Youth Conference Dundee 2014

Participants of the Baha’i Youth Conference Dundee 2014

Global Minorities Alliance Chief Executive, Manassi Bernard, said of the event:

“Youth is the future of our world. We need to invest our resources, time and support into such positive community led initiatives where their potential can be maximised and their efforts appreciated to bring a change.

Vice-Chairperson of the Alliance Shahid Khan, who also attended the conference on behalf of the Alliance, added:

“We are thankful for this wonderful opportunity given by the Baha’i Council for Scotland, which has engaged our youth in a positive, constructive and useful manner.”

Mr Khan also applauded the spirit of the Baha’i community which extends the values of tolerance, respect and understanding to people of all backgrounds.

Allan Forsyth, Secretary of the Bahá’i Council for Scotland, said that “it was so encouraging to see youth coming together with a desire to make a difference in the world and a shared vision of how this can happen. We are delighted that members of organisations with a similar vision, such as Global Minorities Alliance, participated, as our powers are multiplied when we work together with others”.

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Global Minorities Alliance calls for equality for LGBTI Community worldwide

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Global Minorities Alliance calls for equality for LGBTI Community worldwide

Johannesburg, South Africa: A Glasgow based human rights organisation calls for the societal change in a fight for the rights of the persecuted LGBTI community in South Africa and worldwide.

During the recent lecture at the Johannesburg’s Monash University Campus, the representative of Alliance, a Johannesburg- based human rights activist Cleora Broens, raised awareness about the challenges of African women that are being hounded by their male counterpart due to their sexual orientation.

In 1996, South Africa became the first country in the world to promulgate anti discriminatory law of homophobia however, like many other countries around the world LGBTI community face unprecedented challenges and hostility every day due to their sexual orientation.

It is estimated that nearly 80 countries around the world where LGBTI members face criminal sanctions and subject to all kinds of humiliation and persecution.

During the lecture Miss Broens said: “Corrective rape (subject to gay community in a bid to ‘cure’ them) has spiked in the recent past which is causing issues for the communities already torn apart with issues like economic deprivation and discrimination. She said, that more than 10 lesbians are gang raped weekly.

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GMA’s representative-cleora-broens-middle-with-students-of-international-relations-at-monash-unviersity

 

The event was attended by University students of International Relations who later quizzed about the various ways South African society can come forward to stop this discrimination against the gay community in Africa.

It is estimated that at least 500 lesbians become victims of corrective rape every year in South Africa and that 86% of black lesbians in the Western Cape live in fear of being sexually assaulted.

Victims of corrective rape are less likely to report it because of the negative social view of homosexuality.” said Miss Borens.

Global Minorities Alliance Chief Executive, Manassi Bernard, said that “Human rights are for everyone and we need to step up our efforts both on the societal, and International levels to root out any discrimination by raising awareness as well as reaching out to the communities through effective grass root projects”.

We are committed as an organisation to fight against all forms of prejudices and injustices against all communities to demand fair, equal and fundamental rights for everyone” Mr Bernard further maintained.

Earlier this year, Global Minorities Alliance organised a talk during the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow University to highlight human rights abuses in the Commonwealth Countries and demanded for equal rights and protection where communities are torn apart with institutional or societal prejudice.

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Press Release: Commonwealth states should uphold charter values, says Global Minorities Alliance

Speakers: L to R: Mridul Wadhwa, Deirdre Flanigan, Shahid Khan and Peter Tatchell

Speakers: L to R: Mridul Wadhwa, Deirdre Flanigan, Shahid Khan and Peter Tatchell

The Commonwealth theme of ‘welcome’ is a distant dream for some citizens in commonwealth states, says Global Minorities Alliance.

Global Minorities Alliance (GMA), a Glasgow based human rights organisation which fights for the rights of the minorities worldwide, organised a discussion panel at Glasgow University Memorial Chapel to discuss the human rights issues present in member states of the commonwealth.

The talk was the part of GMA’s campaign to raise awareness of human rights abuses, from the anti- conversions laws in India to the criminalisation of LGBTI communities in a number of the African countries represented at the Commonwealth Games.

The event was an opportunity to create a space for concerned people to share and learn from each other’s experiences as well as to discuss human rights issues at home and abroad.

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