One Young World Day #3
Day three of One Young World’s agenda included some hard hitting discussions on global and local issues. Topics included Human Rights, Gender Equality, the role of sports in society and a very interesting plenary session on conflict resolution with a focus on Northern Ireland.
The morning Human Rights session posed the question ‘Can the UN rise to the challenges of today?’ Delegates shared their views, stories and suggestions for a greater, unified approach to human rights. Having strong leadership, relevance, focus and an open mind will overcome any challenges faced in the future.
An agenda on stereotypes and role-models brought us to our next session on Bridging the gender gap. A panel of powerful female influencers including Ali Hewson, Michelle Phan, Meghan Markel and May a Sanbar spoke about women in business, in the home and gender equality in the media. We are blinded by stereotypes in the media. It’s time to remember who our real role models are. Our Grandparents, Parents and siblings are the real people we should look up to. Meghan Markel of Suits fame, told of a story from her youth and urged us to remember however small you think your voice is, it will get noticed.
Gallery from the One Young World Summit in Dublin – Day 3* Photos credit One Young World
The topic of Conflict Resolution in Northern Ireland brought us to lunchtime. An interesting session on Peace agreement in our country and the struggles we still face and will continue to face in the future. It was incredible to see opposing IRA and UDA factions sitting side by side.
The afternoon was taken up at breakout sessions.
The DublinTown breakout session was co-led by Richard Guiney, CEO, and Head Keiron Rose Planner for Dublin City Council. The talk addressed issues including town planning, shifts in modern cities to greener options and more digital options, as well as the planning difficulties in maintaining a balance across the age groups inhabiting a city. What was perhaps more educational, was the discussions to follow. Hearing the perspectives of the different cultural and socioeconomic backgrounds in the room opened up discussions about Dublin and Ireland.
The evening activities finished up with a pint of the black stuff and a silent disco at the Guinness Storehouse. The day was eye opening, thought provoking and humbling.
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