Zagreb, June 1st, 2022
It is with great pleasure that the Youth Initiative for Human Rights invites you to the presentation of the publication Shared Narratives: Supporting Reconciliation by Bridging the Gaps in Divisive Narratives which will be held on Thursday, 9 June from 6:00 to 7:30 pm.
The publication Shared Narratives: Supporting Reconciliation by Bridging the Gaps in Divisive Narratives was developed by over 100 young people from five countries in the region (Serbia, Montenegro, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Kosovo, and Croatia) with the goal to collectively critically examine the existing formal and informal versions of the history of the wars of the 1990s.
The author of the project, within which this publication was created, is Mario Mažić, the founder of the Youth Initiative for Human Rights – Croatia, who together with Maja Nenadović is the editor of Shared Narratives.
The quality of the project was also recognized by the National Advisory Commission on Human Rights, which in 2019 awarded the Youth Initiative for Human Rights – Croatia the award of the French Republic for human rights “Freedom-Equality-Brotherhood”.
The book Shared Narratives is a reconciliation advocacy tool. It was created by youth from the post-war generation. (…) The book stands as a testament to the fact that (young) people, when given the opportunity to meet and talk about controversial issues of the past, are able to do so without threats and violence. It also stands as a testament to the ability of youth to lead the reconciliation advocacy efforts , as the authors of the book have exhibited the maturity that escapes many of the current political leaders of our respective nations. – concluded Maja and Mario.
The presentation of the publication will feature some of the young co-authors from all five countries that were involved in the project: Nikola Kandić, Vuk Vujisić, Viktorija Stanković, Engjell Hamiti and Maja Žilić, while the discussion will be moderated by the program director of the Youth Initiative for Human Rights, Branka Vierda.
You may attend the event in person in the Novinarski dom at the address Perkovčeva ul. 2 in Zagreb. All interested who are unable to attend in person may follow the event online since it will be broadcasted via Zoom. Both formats of the event will include simultaneous translations into English.
We kindly ask all those who are interested to register for participation in person or online using the following form by 9 June at noon.
This publication was developed as part of a project within the fellowship program Alliance for Historical Dialogue and Accountability of the Columbia University Human Rights Institute in New York, USA. It was conducted by the Regional Network of the Youth Initiatives for Human Rights in collaboration with PAX for Peace from the Netherlands with the support of the Robert Bosch Foundation from Germany, Charles Stewart Mott Foundation, the European Commission, and the French Embassy in Zagreb, Croatia.