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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.

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