COMMITTED TO PEACE
Reach Out To Asia organised its seventh Empower conference in Doha which attracted close to 500 young people aged between 17 and 26 from over 20 countries who gathered to discuss how they can better contribute to peace.
HE Sheikha Al Mayassa inaugurated the conference in the presence of the Minister for Youth and Sports HE Salah bin Ghanem Al Ali and Sümeyye Erdogan, daughter of the Turkish President, who delivered the keynote address. HE Sheikha Al Mayassa stressed the importance of youth in changing the global media narrative on Islam in general, and Qatar in particular. Saying she is proud of ROTA's journey and especially the youth-led Empower conferences, she said, “This year we want to focus on peace. We will help each other become more open-minded, accepting of different ideas and learn mutual respect.” Over two days, the participants attended several workshops and panel discussions, and announced the formation of a special task force to give young people a more prominent voice in building “peaceful and inclusive societies for sustainable development” across the region.