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Emina Frljak

  • Islam
  • Bosnia and Herzegovina
  • Female
  • Bosnia and Herzegovina
  • Southern Europe
  • KAICIID Fellows

Biography Narrative

Programme Coordinator, Youth for Peace

Emina is the programme coordinator at Youth for Peace, an organization based in Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina. She also serves as an International Youth Committee Member within Religions for Peace and as a Board member of the European Interfaith Youth Network of Religions for Peace. She holds a BA in educational sciences from the University of Sarajevo, where she is finishing her MA in the same field. She is also doing her second MA in interreligious studies and peacebuilding, a joint programme of three theological faculties (Faculty of Catholic Theology, Faculty of Christian Orthodox Theology and Faculty of Islamic Sciences). Emina has a long-standingrelationship with peacebuilding processes in BiH, but also internationally. She is active in the field of interreligious dialogue through her engagement in Youth for Peace, Religions for Peace and United Religions Initiative. Her expertise includes designing and facilitating educational programmes and her main passion and interest is facilitation of training and workshops, mostly on topics of peacebuilding, dealing with the past, religious traditions and interreligious dialogue. Particular interests are in the field of peace education, interreligious education and citizenship education and she uses social media for education and awareness raising purposes and is currently coordinating an online campaign aimed at countering hate speech.

Interreligious Activities and Initiatives

Detect, React and Protect – Combating hate speech through counter and alternative narratives
Aim of this initiative was to equip young people in BiH to become able to recognize and react to hate speech but also to offer an alternative to hatred. Seminar Detect, React and Protect – Combating hate speech through counter and alternative narratives was held in Sarajevo, BiH from 16th to 18th of September, 2021. In this seminar, we gathered 20 young people from all over the BiH and together with experts offered them a series of sessions in which they were able to learn more about hate speech but also to practice what they’ve learned. On the other hand, youth across Europe and all those who were interested had the opportunity to be a part of four webinars that were organized on the following topics: 1. Youth initiatives in Europe on countering hate speech – good practices and challenges; 2. Interfaith dialogue as an alternative to hate speech; 3. Freedom of expression, freedom of religion or belief and hate speech – how to reconcile them and 4. Countering hate speech: interfaith and intergenerational perspectives.