Ouhejjou Rokia is a PhD candidate at the Doctorate Center for Human and Field Studies in the Mediterranean World at the University of Mohammed V. Faculty of Arts and Humanities in Rabat, Morocco. She holds a master’s degree from the University of Sidi Mohamed Ben – Abdallah Faculty of Arts and Humanities and a diploma from the University of Moulay Ismail Faculty of Arts and Humanities, Meknes.
Ouhejjou is passionate about building bridges between researchers and scholars on the subject of dialogue between followers of different religions. She organizes training courses for students in universities and other educational institutions on nonviolent communication and social mediation to eliminate violence, extremism and hatred. In this context, she has authored many articles on the subject, including: “The Role of Religious Discourse in Activating Mechanisms of Dialogue of Civilizations”, “The Means of Social Communication and its Role in Achieving Spiritual Security and Dissemination of Values of Dialogue” as well as co-editing books on terrorism and extremism and the dissemination of a culture of peace, coexistence and dialogue.
Her motto in life is “No matter how long the night is, the sun must rise.”
Interreligious Activities and Initiatives
Youth Camp on Dialogue
The initiative is a youth camp not only for Moroccans but also for African and European youth, and for different religions (Islam, Judaism and Christianity). The duration of the camp will be between five to seven days depending on the budget to be secured. The participants will learn about each religion, as well as launch a competition that begins at the beginning of the camp and ends at the end in various fields of art (singing theater, sculpture, poetry, music …). The theme of these competitions will be on dialogue and peace. At the end of the camp, we will plant “dialogue” trees and establish a youth dialogue forum with all participants of the camp.
Moroccan Youth Camp to counter Violent Extremism
The initiative will be a summer camp for young people aged from 20 to 35. Many IRD related activities will be offered during the 5 days long camp, such as training on IRD, site visits, educational workshops etc. The number of participants will be 20 to 30 youth.