“We are not only the future, the men and women from tomorrow. We are the present. It is today that we organise this forum with young people from all four corners of the world.
It is today that we rise to speak.”
Jamila, inaugural address of the 1st FIJ
For the past eight years, the ‘Forum international des jeunes de quartiers populaires du monde’ (FIJ), engl. ‘International Forum of young people from popular districts of the world’, has aimed at enforcing young people of the world to reclaim their legitimate space in creating and shaping the political and social structure of our societies. Organized by the associations Quartiers du Monde, Chantier Jeunesse Maroc, Espace pour l’Avenir et Jeunes pour Jeunes, it is one of few events that value the initiatives of young people and promote their ‘empowerment’.
Here you can take a peek at the preliminary programm.
To the young people of popular districts, who usually lack the privilege of travelling, it offers the possibility of meeting fellows from all over the world to exchange their stories and experiences. It creates a space of open debate and exchange in a setting that promotes peace, democracy, diversity and equality and objects to any sort of discrimination. Voluntary interpreters enable the communication among the french, spanish and arabic speaking youth.
This year, the 4th edition of the FIJ will take place in Salé, Morocco. Young people from the popular districts in Morocco, Senegal, Mali, Bolivia, Colombia, Brazil, France, Algeria, Tunisia, Palestine and Canada will meet from the 23 to 25 of october to compare notes and to debate issues of high importance to them, as: possibilities for political participation of young people; gender and gender relations; migration; and economical autonomy. The forum is organized by and for the young people, who spent the past year preparing the different workshops and conferences they will run.
As in the past years, we applied for and received funds from local, national and international organisations to support the event. Unfortunately, we still lack the funding for communication and PR, as well as for accommodation and part of the travel expenses.
Therefore, we turn our appeal to you today: Please help us gaining the complementary budget to make this 4th edition of the forum just as much a success as the editions before!
Support us in empowering the youth of the popular districts of the world!