LONDON, England, Friday January 19, 2019 – Bahamian Jasper Williams has been named a One Young World and European Commission Peace Ambassador – an initiative developed to accelerate the efforts of young leaders in preventing and countering violent extremism, building peace, and promoting conflict resolution globally.
She is a programmes director for Rights Bahamas, promoting individual rights and the rule of law, educating young people in building campaigns that support human rights and gender equality.
Williams was selected to join the Peace Ambassador network as part of a nationwide search for the world’s most impactful young peacebuilders. In the two years since the initiative was launched, One Young World and the European Commission have identified 120 young leaders from 97 countries building lasting peace. The work of Peace Ambassadors focuses on both the direct and indirect causes of violence – ranging from countering the harmful effects of environmental change to promoting social inclusion.
The Bahamian joins other One Young World Peace Ambassador from Liberia, Burundi, Cameroon, Tunisia, Rwanda and Myanmar.
Founder of One Young World, Kate Robertson, said young people have a pivotal role to play in sparking the new movements that lead to positive change, and in seeing them through. She said the Peace Ambassadors selected over the last two years are living proof that this is the case.
“They are all doing outstanding work to build a safer and more peaceful world in the face of some of the biggest challenges humanity has ever faced – from the spread of violent extremism to the catastrophic effects of climate change or rising socio-economic inequalities,” Robertson said.
As a Peace Ambassador, Williams was invited to participate in the annual One Young World Summit, the global forum for young leaders. Held in The Hague, The Netherlands the Summit brought together 1,800 delegates from every country and sector. Other participants included former UK Prime Ministers John Major and Gordon Brown, Nobel Laureate Professor Muhammad Yunus and Naomi Campbell.
In March, the Peace Ambassadors will be gathering again in Kigali, Rwanda, for ‘United Futures: Lessons from Rwanda’, the One Young World Caucus on Preventing and Countering Violent Extremism.
Neven Mimica, European Commissioner for International Cooperation and Development, said the European Commission was delighted to partner with One Young World on the Peace Ambassador programme for two reasons.
“Firstly, because more than 600 million young people are currently living in fragile and conflict-affected areas across the globe. And secondly, because young people themselves have a crucial role to play in preventing and countering violent extremism, peace-building efforts and conflict resolution.
“The ambition for the Peace Ambassadors is to encourage and empower young leaders to play an active role in building cohesive and peaceful societies – which the European Commission believes is key to achieving sustainable peace,” Mimica said.