The Arab Youth Forum – Change Makers

Funded by the Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands / A initiative from Ma3mal 612-Think Factory

The forum aims to provide Jordanian youth with the opportunity to discuss various experiences and theories in the actualization of human rights in Jordan in order to move from a place of theory to practice with tangible and measurable results. At the same time, the convening of various human rights activists and filmmakers into one space provides the opportunity for youth to network and interact with various figures in those scenes in Jordan. This works as a motivational tool for those active and not active to participate further in the collective visualization of positive change in the Arab world and more specifically in Jordan. The structure of an open forum helps ensure a more open space for dynamic interaction and conversation between participants.

 

2011

2011 marked the first edition of the Arab Youth Forum. Within this edition, Karama brought together young filmmakers, bloggers, journalists and photographers from around the Arab region. During three days, and with the support of media specialists in the region, both participants and the invited audience have been searching for ways to enhance film documentation quality in the engagement with human rights issues.

 

2012

Funded by Hikma Pharmaceuticals / In cooperation with Media Expert Aroub Soboh

After the big success of the Arab Youth Forum – Change Makers in 2011, the Karama Team decided to dedicate the forum in 2012 to the Jordanian youth and its concerns regarding human rights issues, violations and guidelines.

The forum focused on the role of youth within the steps of Karama third edition’s: ‘’Know…Act…Think…Know…Think…Act’’ cycle and how youth from within this cycle actualize positive change in the future of the Arab region and Jordan. Participants include social media, film and community activists.

The attendees of the forum discussed selected topics expressing 2012’s U.N. International Human Rights Day theme: ‘The right of Participation and Inclusion in Public and Political Life’.

The following topics of discussion were addressed:

  • Forms of Exclusion and Discrimination in Jordan
  • The Reality of Human Rights in Jordan
  • The Exclusion of Women in the Jordanian Political and Social Space
  • Human Rights and Children
  • Who is the “Other” and How do we Exclude him/her in Jordan?
  • Human Rights Filmmaking and Social Media Reception in Jordan