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Lejla Hasandedic-Dapo

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

Biography Narrative

Europe CC Liaison Officer, United Religions Initiative (URI)

Lejla is a psychologist, psychotherapist, lecturer, researcher, activist, peacebuilder and volunteer from Bosnia and Herzegovina. She is currently doing a PhD in psychology at Ankara Yildirim Beyazit University in Turkey while working as a United Religions Initiative (URI) Europe CC Liaison Officer. In addition to this, she is a Board member of the European Interfaith Youth Network (EIYN) which is part of Religions for Peace Europe. She was a Youth Ambassador at URI and co-founded Youth for Peace, an organization that positioned itself as one of the most prominent youth-led organizations in Bosnia and Herzegovina working in field of peacebuilding. She is an international trainer for Learning to Live Together (LTLT) and holds a diploma in Islamic studies from the University of Sarajevo.

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.