Speakers focus on youth, role of media
In a session moderated by Isobel Abulhoul, CEO of the Emirates Literature Foundation, participants discussed four key points: Social impact of tolerance on today's youth, empowering people of determination, using tolerance to achieve peace, respect diversity, combat racism and the challenges facing government / non-governmental organisations in promoting peace and tolerance.
Sultan Al Mutawa Al Dhaheri, Executive Director, Community Engagement and Sports Sector at the Department of Community Development - Abu Dhabi; Hubertus Hoffmann, Founder and President of the Global Tolerance Initiative in Germany, Juliana Uribe Village, CEO and Founder Movilizatorio, Republic of Colombia attended the session under Tolerance Pillar of the two-day summit.
The speakers focused on the meaning of true tolerance and how to motivate students.
For his part, Dr Abdul Latif Mohammed Al Shamsi, President and CEO of the Higher Colleges of Technology, said that the late Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan, Founding Father of the UAE, initiated the message of tolerance and propagated it as an approach and way of life.
Dr Einas Bint Sulaiman Al Eisa, PNU Rector of Noura Bint Abdulrahman University, focused on the youth and their understanding of the meaning of true tolerance, pointing to the need to develop regulations that make youth capable of keeping up with the changes.
Dr Hubertus Hoffmann said, "We all look different, but we meet in our human essence," adding that all countries must consider having tolerance ministers.
He added: “We need a positive vision, to be good global figures who are able to protect human values, not the ones who silence difference of opinions.”
Juliana stressed on the adaptation of technology to promote tolerance among youth in order to establish open and transparent dialogues with them. At the end of the session, the participants considered that technology poses a great challenge, in the wake of radical groups spreading negative ideas and promoting the concepts of exclusion and inciting hatred speeches among people.
The second session reviewed tolerance projects of 6 students from universities and schools in the UAE. Speakers at the media houses warned against using media negatively and creating common ground for human understanding
Media Tolerance Pillar at the summit discussed the role of media to promote a culture of tolerance. Mohammad Fahad Al Harthi, Editor-in-Chief of Sayidati, Arrajol and Al Jamila Magazine from Saudi Arabia; Mohamed Khairy, Egyptian director and producer, attended the session moderated by Daleen Hassan, head of Euronews, UAE Bureau.
Mohammed Fahad Al Harthi talked about the role of media in highlighting issues that may need enactment of legislations. He shared an investigative report published in the magazine Sayidati on the issue of child marriages, which contributed to the enactment of a law determining the age of marriage.
Anelise Borges shared her experiences with migrants, refugees and the hardships they experienced while crossing the Mediterranean.
Dr Ramesh Kumar Vankwani, who represents the non-Muslim minority in the Pakistani Parliament, believes that there is an urgent need to educate the community and individuals on how to deal with the mainstream media as well as social media. He added that the media has become the most influential platform in shaping awareness and determining trends and principles for the betterment of society.
Attended by Dr Sarah Al Madani, Board Member of Sharjah Chamber of Commerce and Small and Medium Enterprises in the UAE, Anas Bukhash, Founder and Managing Director of Bukhash Brothers, UAE, and media personality Munther Al Muzakki, the social Influencers session called for communication pioneers to be cautious and support the culture of dialogue.
Participants urged to social media sites to follow values of moderation and join in the efforts to combating hate speech and violence.
Dr Sara Al Madani said that influencers in social networking sites should take responsibility for what they broadcast and realize the extent of its impact on the recipient, stressing the need to adhere to the customs and traditions of the UAE.
Anas Bukhash pointed out that the world of social networking is full of falsehood and deception and people have to be careful in believing them while Munther Al Muzakki talked about the power of social media which has become a part of life, and urged parents to be the role models for their children.