We are very proud to inform that our Core Group member – Julia Maria Koszewska, has been awarded Silver Cross of Merit Award by the President of Poland, for “outstanding achievements in public service activities, for achievements in developing, enhancing and spreading religious, intellectual, artistic and political culture, for educational activities for children and youth”.
The Cross of Merit is a Polish civil state award. It is awarded by the President of Republic of Poland for “exemplary public service or humanitarian work that goes above and beyond the call of duty”. Julia is one of the youngest to receive this award ever.
Julia has been active in numerous public initiatives in Poland and wider Europe, in the field of civil society, youth policy, advocacy for women and youth and their empowerement, peace work, interfaith dialogue, human rights, access to information and knowledge and other. Throughout the years she was a leader of organizations such as: KIK (Club of Catholic Intelligentsia), JECI-MIEC European Coordination, Pax Romana IMCS (International Movement of Catholic Students) and Pax Romana ICMICA (International Catholic Movement for Intellectual and Cultural Affairs). She was one of the founders of Religions for Peace, European Interfaith Youth Network (RfP-EIYN) in 2006, and has been a member of our Core Group (EIYN’s governing body) since then. We know her as a good leader and passionate activist with a big heart, dedicated to promoting peace, interfaith dialogue and youth and women’s empowerment.
Wa are proud of you Julia! Congratulations!
Nuclear weapons. Are they still a problem we could really face? More than 60 years after the end of World War II? Isn’t that issue out of date and definitely out of fashion? Is there anything to talk about? These questions could distinctly be heard at the ICAN Civil Society Forum and International Conference on “Humanitarian Impact of Nuclear Weapon” which took place in Oslo, Norway, March 2-5, 2013. EIYN actively took part in this event. Read below a personal account of the conference by EIYN’s representative to this event - young religious leader – Rafał Socha, from Poland.
EIYN’s representatives during ICAN Civil Society Forum
EIYN’s member organization – youth group of Interreligious Council in Bosnia and Herzegovina “All Together” launched, in partnership with Religions for Peace Global Interfaith Youth Network, first initiative of youth “Restoring Dignity” campaign in Europe! The event took place on February 25, 2013, in Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina (B&H).
100 people took part in all-day long event that included: training course for youth, promotion of Bosnian edition of “Restoring Dignity” toolkit, and panel discussion with speakers from largest religious institutions in Bosnia and Herzegovina. Continue reading
We are delighted to introduce to you a second Global Youth Interfaith Network’s (GYIN) newsletter! Click here and read collected stories from different regions around the world highlighting interfaith youth activities. News from Asia, Americas, Europe, Africa! Plus Religions for Peace Deputy Secretary General’s message for the GYIN in preparations for the 9th World Assembly of Religions for Peace, that will take place in Vienna, Austria, on November 18th, 2013.