Nina Forgwe

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Nina Forgwe

Studies:
Pan African University Institute of Governance, Humanities nd Social Sciences- African Union Commission

I am passionate about

I am passionate about peace and stability in my country, my region and the world at large. I am passionate about women and youth empowerment. I am engaged in the promotion of peace education and I work towards achieving positive action in Preventing violent extremism. I recently created the Teagan Alternatives Project were I empower youth and communities online and offline. As former Executive Director for the Organization for World Peace African region, I pushed forward dialogue and lobbied for the restructuring of international thought away from destructive tendencies and towards peaceful non-combative strategies to solve conflicts. I am passionate about volunteering; I am passionate about gender equality, human rights and good governance. I, therefore, engage in women empowerment projects, work for the empowerment of young people as leaders of today and leaders of tomorrow. I believe in strategic communication and using social media as an effective tool to reach a greater audience.
I engage in these activities because I strongly believe dialogue and mediation are more effective ways of resolving conflicts; using violence to end violence is not the solution. Secondly, I strongly believe that the only difference between the contribution men and women make in the world is opportunity. If women have the same opportunities and access to these opportunities men have in my country, there will be a marked and great difference. Finally I believe as a young person, I have to be positively engaged in the drive for change if I want the change to happen.

Actions

Since moving to Botswana from Cameroon a few months ago, I have reached out to local organizations in my community with empowerment trainings through the Teagan Alternatives Project. Secondly, back in Cameroon, through the REPAIR Series; meaning Rebuilding Peace through Actions with Inclusive Reach. This was a two semester program by the Network for Solidarity, Empowerment and Transformation for All (NewSETA) and funded by the National Endowment for Democracy (NED) Washington DC – USA. I was invited by the organizers to give talks on (1) Communication in Conflict and Conflict handling styles and (2) Gender and Peace/Gender and Conflict. This was particularly successful and inspiring because I was able to provide over 50 young people from 10 regions of Cameroon with tools on how to prevent violent extremism. I trained them on how to foster the peace culture which has had a great impact as they have in turn trained other young people in their various regions; especially in the North of Cameroon where the effects of the Boko Haram Terrorists are being felt.

Secondly, young people’s attention can be gotten on social media. With the Facebook, Instagram and twitter pages of the Organization for world peace (OWP), a youth led NGO represented in North America, Australia, Asia, Europe and Africa, where I am director for the African Region, I have used these outlets to write articles creating awareness and using fun and contemporary methods to attract young people to engage and promote peace education in peace building and consolidation. This has been successful and because young people in my region are restructuring their thoughts away from destructive tendencies towards peaceful non-combative strategies. Over three Thousand Young people follow the OWP on Social Media.