My Experience of Joining the One Young World Summit 2018

We are one world, we are one people, we are one humanity, we are one destiny, and we are one blood[1]. If the world around us fails, we never can be successful!

Be authentic to who you are and be who you are. We need to bring humanity back. It starts with connections-it starts with the brain and the heart[2]. The cost of solving the problems is cheaper than not solving them. You don’t have to be alone and don’t have to do it alone. Bring other people with you. The world changes when we work together.[3]”We are not so divided actually. We are one people travelling around one planet, together. My home is earth”.[4]

Mobility is definitely a fundamental need and Partnership is the key. It brings us together and make social life possible. Mobility is changing dramatically; how do we organize mobility is the key to success.  The former Public Prosecutor of South Africa, Thuli Mandonsela says, “Focus your dreams on the world you want to live in, find areas to step up and advance integrity and form connections to advance your dream”.

Your purpose should be to making the world a better place. We need the knowledge, the skills and the energy of the young people. Making money is not the only goal of the economy. We need people not only for the salary. The purpose should be to work for everyone and for all around. These two things should go together! You need to have purpose and sustainability. Which world do you want to leave behind? Dare to focus on the challenges of the problem, and dare to mobilize. Our voice and our influence could be used with youth to create a different agenda and apply the skills in the communities. “Do not let the voices of doubt to put out your fire”[5]. “You are not a leader by status, you are a leader by action. Believe in your potential, believe in your ideas and believe in your vision”.[6]

800 million people suffer from hunger and they do not know whether their children will be alive or no. 820 million will not have the skills by 2024 to enter into the job markets. Less than half of the people know the skills that are required for the workplace. What are the future skills we need to know? Workers need to be given life skills. Out of 1.8 billion entering the workforce, 1.5 million of them will not have the skills for the work of tomorrow by 2030.[7]Workers need to be taught skills so they can navigate their skills. We do the work not because its easy but because its hard to do. Education should not end at schools. We need to invest in education. Education for individual opportunity, for success, for a civilized society, and for citizenship.[8]How we work in the work place for the future? We need to have a digital curriculum based on the world demand.

We also suffer from a climate change and we cannot mobilize other people if the world goes on like this. Education needs to be inclusive and education needs to be digitalized. We also need to address new forms of energy and should be determined to create a brighter world.

Moreover, we are facing the issue of ethics. The ethical values differ from context to context and the expectations to abide by some ethical values differ from each other in different settings. Consider trust as a currency of ethics and you need to create and generate trust alongside spreading the trust. We need to ask ourselves “Is it the right thing to do and it is ethical thing to do?”. When ethics is an issue silence is never an option!!.

We are good at the what and how questions. We need to concentrate more on the why question. Start more concentration on why do I do a certain thing? And how can we change it? You don’t have to re-invent everything. You can improve it and see what is the level of sustainability you can bring. For example, for entrepreneurship we ned to design our own financial institutions on how to create a bench mark partner. Define the systems and have the courage and step in and take the lead and challenge the status quo. We are to have Deep listening, and patient engagement, understanding and collaboration, and stubborn optimism! WE NEED TO ASK OURSLEVES How we can have Sustainability, digitalization, and Urbanization.

Reimagine our self and see the world how we see the world from space. WE ARE ONE PEOPLE, TRAVVLING ONE WORLD. “When I came to earth, I felt I am home. Although I was in kazekestan”says Astronaut Ron who has been to space. We need to have more collaborations; Image of earth raise, and collaboration, Principle of earth rise: Peace and Harmony. Planet is evolved and thrived fro everyone. Future of our planet could be the manifestation of the world we saw from the space[9].

Global conflicts have affected more than 68 million people around the world[10]. say. We need a greater sense of compassion, humanity, and a greater sense of recognizing the cause of migration[11]. We need to imagine a better future in order to create one. We have to think from our heart, but act from our mind. Its your world, its your now and its your future so lets work on it[12]. There is more power in the young people than in the people in the power[13]. If you don’t do politics, politics will do you. The skills of the future are not tech skills. Its how you combine those skills with soft skills, employability and entrepreneurship[14]. SO step in, take political positions, run for offices, and be the leaders!

Thank you One Young World and the City of Love and Confidence and Peace and Justice (The Hauge) for your great hospitality! My experience was an incredible one and I truly thank you for providing such a platform! Thank you the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs for providing me with the Enterprise for Peace Scholarship. I am more empowered with having a global family! Very much looking forward to joining you for next years and years!!!

[1]Mohamed Amersi

[2]Paul Polman

[3]Naomi Campbell in the One Young World 2018.

[4]Astronaut Ron Garan

[5]Naomi Campbell says,

[6]Olu Odubjabo

[7]Jamira Burley

[8]Former Prime Minister of the UK, Hn Gordon Brown

[9]Astronaut Ron Garan


[11]Kumi Naidoo

[12]Former President of the Ireland

[13]Bright Kaomi

[14]Kenny Mafidon


YWLC-Bamyan (Young Women Leadership Conference in Bamyan) Refelction!

YWLC (Young Women Leadership Conference) was conducted from Dec23-Dec28, 2017 in the peaceful heart of Afghanistan, Bamyan!

YWLC had a series of activities regarding ethnic harmony, effective listening, effective communication, trust circle, decision making power, self Awareness, and self discovery, action plan implementation, community mapping, needs assessment, and leadership Skills. We also had national and international speakers who are exemplary leaders in their communities. Our speakers were Wais Khairandewsh, Azadah Raz Muhammad, Naomi Bugre, Raj Kumar, Basel Osama, Nabila Waqef, Kubra Atayee, Shero Project, Anika, Freshta Ibrahimi, Matiullah Rahmati, Mason West, and Zahra Hussaini. All the speakers shared at least one common factor which was the desire to serve humanity and humans, to see smiles on other faces, and to start working for brining that smile, not to wait for others, rather to be the force to bring the change!

Mahboba Hussaini, YWLC-Bamyan Participant, states “I was feeling frustrated in the past, I thought I am a girl and the society does not need my contribution, someone else might be there to change the things! BUT now after YWLC I am very energetic and I consider myself the strongest person. I do understand that my country needs me and I should be a counter force against all the bad things and be a responsible citizen of my beloved country”

The Young Women Leaders in Bamyan are exceptional leaders and a true representation of the resilience and natural strength of Afghans! They are the driving forces of change, with power, determination, and vision…

Angela Samar states, “I learned that I should not only think for myself or my family, but consider the broader picture and empower everyone around me, we women are the changing forces and have the potential to change the world”!

Aqela Nasrat, another participant, says “We discovered our potentials and strengths in YWLC”. 

Ruqya says, “I have big goals for the future, I was confused where to start from to achieve my goals in the past, YWLC was a push for me to take the step and I see myself near towards achieving my goals, I know where to start from, and how to get where do I want to end up! I am equipped with enough tools and confidence!”

Our participants stated that YWLC has shown that the young women coming from Bamyan are the strong women of this land. They also stated that we are creating a support network of women who support each other in each sector!

Visiting Bamyan was such a great experience for me. I saw the inner peace, the calmness, the hard work, the love, the strength, the hope, the intellectual power, the commitment… in my beautiful people! Spending the last days of the year in Bande Ameer, in Bamyan near Buddah sculpture was truly a great ending of the year! Very much looking forward for exploring it again!

Peace &Women’s Leadership

Looking at the countries around the world, coming together, showing commitment, and dedication for preserving democracy and for maintaining, strengthening and sustaining democratic values is a great step towards strong democratic institutions, a strong government and a better, peaceful, prosperous and a more democratic world! Women’s engagement in the peace process and in combating extremism is a crucial point that needs serious consideration from democracies around the world.

I strongly believe that Women are the main forces, powers, inspirations, and leading factors that can achieve sustainable, systematic and real win win peace. Women are the root causes of a peaceful family. We should integrate such powerful forces! If women Lead this process, this is the time where extremist narratives are countered, a new perspective and more innovative ways of approaching the clashes/disagreement are presented!

We need to provide platform for women to have a meaningful decision making power in leading the peace process. Afghanistan and the International Community should have a strong political will, and a greater support for women’s leadership in the peace process. As a young woman living in Afghanistan, I truly understand that how strongly Afghanistan needs and should have women leading this process. I confidently say that with women’s meaningful and true engagement and leadership in this area, the policies, strategies, and negotiations to maintain peace in the country and in the region will be successful. 

There is no ground not to include women in the peace process. They should not be ignored not only because that they have the right, but also that how can a society ignore half of the human force, their capacity, intellect, and their great contribution towards a sustainable country. This is the very right time for women to lead the Peace Process.

My People

Love to my people!

My people love and celebrate diversity

My people are kind, and strong, and powerful

My people are thoughtful, and compassionate

My people have a firm determination

My people think beyond race, language, color, sexual orientation and faith.

My people are against hate and prejudice/ biasedness!

My people know/understand themselves, understand the people/the environment around them

My people are visionary, they know where they want to end up and define the vision for themselves, the community, and the world

My people are honest and direct communicators

My people want to get the outcome with due consideration given to everyone’s legitimate interest and with keeping the relationship

My people know how to effectively manage conflicts and crisis

My people are in the cycle of liberation!

My people are deep analyzers, self reflectors, and better simplifiers!

My people are compassionate, love friendship, and conquer hearts and souls with the internal values and love!

My people are global citizens.

My people are peace builders!!

Participated in the Generation Change Fellowship by the United States Institute of Peace (USIP)! I am astonished and amazed how the vibes of love, prosperity, relationship and bond building, and the true sense of compassionate feeling of “MY PEOPLE” is deeply integrated in the heart and soul of humanity!!


#peacebuilding#GenerationChangeFellows #YouthLeadersAcrossAsia

Youth Leadership, Stronger Leadership: A Connected World, and aligned Policies; Harmonious society

I think the most significant obstacle to peace in my community is the dominant extremist, culturally deep rooted, historically well practiced, systematically inherited, pre conceptual “conservative ideologies/practices” which have given rise to some many other problems. This extremist ideology manipulates the younger generation in violent ways and they start joining opposition groups of the government. From the other side, the Afghan government is a new democracy. Warlords have been active in Afghanistan for the past decades. The warlords want to make corruption and disruption in the country more common, since a weak Afghanistan is in their best interest. Youth are getting violent, getting more engaged in extremism and terrorism. Consequently, youth are being used as distractive units in the society instead of constructive units and systems.

I am a firm believer that youth should step in to assume leadership. Young people are the true forces of change, they have a lot of energy, motivation, and innovative approaches of how the future/present of this planet should look. Brining youth together, and paving the way for them to  work strategically to develop policies which shape the governments, the leaders, the world in every sector and are affecting youth participation in social, economic, political, security and peace related issues is one of the very best ways to bring understanding, peace, love, harmony, and development in the countries.

Participation in the One Young World Summit will be an enriching experience since I am closely working with the grass root level, connecting youth to the top level leadership, and working on strategies for enhancing youth’s leadership especially in peacebuilding. It will be a pleasure to share my experiences as a young Afghan woman contributing to youth’s leadership across the country, raising young responsible leaders and paving a way for them to find their potential. Moreover, participating in this program is a chance to enhance the skills to be more effective regarding conveying more systematic strategies alongside youth from across the world as a strong connected network which affect youth’s leadership globally. This will be a rewarding and life changing experience, connecting youth to a diverse, well connected like-minded strong network from across the world.

One Young World Summit is the biggest youth gathering opportunity. Young people listen to extraordinary leaders, establish long lasting friendships and contacts, and observe and analyze the action plans of young leaders from across the world, which in turn gives them the opportunity to reflect, see the commonalities and find a middle ground for partnership across borders. It is an enriching experience to know more about shaping the narratives and how can we contextualize it in our country. Engagement globally with strong and capable youth from across the world working together for a better youth lead world is one of the great things we could do for a peaceful world.

Acceptance and Respect for Diversity!

All human beings have one thing in common which is their desire for happiness. You want happiness, and I want happiness. You do not want suffering and I do not want suffering. This is what makes us one. We cannot get happiness at the expense of someone else’s happiness. You need to be confident and courageous enough to build your society and your home without harming others. Without confidence you cannot build your country and without having compassion and education you cannot serve the nation. Humans should make efforts with wisdom and education which should be mixed with love, passion, and compassion. We should try our best and work hard. The honesty to serve your country with love and kindness will make the nation the greatest one.

Human beings like to call everything its own property. We like to call… my book, my way, my opinion, my sect. These factors lead us to fight each other because of the feeling of belonging and superiority over others due to the “ my things”. If we say that the thing is ours, and we all can use it together in its most effective and productive way with more efficiency, the point of “my” will no longer exist as a distractive factor which creates enmity, separation, discrimination… among human being and create a false perception of arrogance and superiority.

As younger generation, we are able to educate people to lets study together, bring different groups together, discuss together, make friends from diverse sectors, and remove the misunderstandings. Do not go out with a weapon but bring them together in peace because we humans do not favor war and can be altogether in peace and humanity.

Reflection on the Dalai Lama’s Sayings and his wordings…

Find Your Inner Peace and Conquer the World with Genuine Love and Compassion!  

Meeting young people from across the world who are sharing a similar vision and responsibility to bring peace to the world gave me an inner peace that together we can create a more compassionate, loving and caring world for everyone!

We live in a world which has been suffering from war, terror, poverty, conflicts, violence, hatred, and materialistic selfish desires (No matter whatever part of the world we live in). However, the counter forces against these negative forces are stronger: we share love, compassion, peace, determination, smile, optimism, responsibility, a thirst for inner peace, and a desire and love for oneness while at the same time welcoming and celebrating our diversity.

We have at least one common factor with everyone and everything, which is our existence and being! To exist and live in harmony and peace, let’s not consider the “we versus them”, or “we and them” or “ours and theirs “pre-occupied stereotypical strong beliefs.

We can achieve local and global peace and of course there is no reason to say that it is not possible. Peace starts from within ourselves, our inner peace, peace in mind, peace in actions, peace in thoughts, peace in body, and peace in everything. “Its all about the inner peace” (The Dalai Lama). How you internalize it and how this internalization affects others around you which in this process you externalize it unconsciously with only your being and presence and consciously with externalizing it through different means and strategies.


I met the Dalai Lama as part of the USIP Youth Leader’s Exchange Program. I listened to his voice, saw the truthfulness in his words, heard the voice of his hearth which was full of inner peace, saw a power in his eyes, and a compassion and love in the way he touched the hands and a natural divine strength, optimism and realism in his vision!

Dalai Lama said that fear is creating uneasiness and it creates violence. To deal with it, we need to hate the action not the actor. Genuine love, compassion and forgiveness is the one which is expressed for the enemy. We need to figure out the ways to integrate the person as a healthy person in the society which will help the person and the society as a whole. More importantly, it helps us, the inner peace within us and the compassion in us!


Gharsanay Amin