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Religions for Peace, European Interfaith Youth Network is represented by Julia Maria Koszewska (member of EIYN's Core Group) at annual conference on human rights of OSCE – Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe, taking place now in Warsaw, Poland.

The conference started on 24 September and will last till 5 of October. Religions for Peace is represented there by 3 members of European Council of Religious Leaders, Religions for Peace (ECRL): Stein Villumstad – secretary general of ECRL, Julia Maria Koszewska -member of ECRL (representing at ECRL our youth network), Mahrezia Labidi - ECRL member and vicechair Chair of Constituent Assembly of Tunis, as well as Emir Kovacevic – General Secretary of Inter-religious Council of Bosnia&Herzegovina.

The conference consists of many interesting sessions, and it launched different guidelines tools for tackling urgent problems. For us youth, the most interesting outcomes of the conference, so far, are:

1. Presentation of two new sets of education guidelines: The Guidelines on Human Rights Education for Law Enforcement Officials and the Guidelines on Human Rights Education for Secondary School Systems were produced to promote effective human rights education. The publications are available both online and in print, just click on the links.

2. OSCE and partners call for enhanced co-ordination in combating violence against women. As combating and preventing violence against women and girls, is a theme of our new EIYN's campaign: "Restoring Dignity. Religious Youth say NO to violence against women", we are happy to hear that the participants of OSCE's conference called for "greater co-operation among international and national organizations is needed to prevent and combat the problem", as "Violence against women continues to be one of the most widespread and pervasive human rights violations globally, including in the OSCE region," said June Zeitlin, the Special Representative of the OSCE Chairperson-in-Office on Gender Issues. For more news on that click here.

"We, the youth of different faith groups, are determined to live together in peace and mutual appreciation. We are united in the belief that it is our duty to play a crucial role in overcoming violence and striving for justice. This ideal will only be achieved through interfaith cooperation, which will be facilitated by the establishment of the European Interfaith Youth Network (EIYN)"; Geneva declaration