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THE BACKGROUND Dhaka, the capital of Bangladesh, very recently (1-2 July, 2016) became victim of the worst terrorist attack in the history of its existence. The whole city is still in shock and struggling to cope with the horror of the incident. Now, more than ever,...

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The project DIFFERENT, BUT TOGETHER directed all its efforts to contribute to the best achievement of the main project goal to support citizens of different ethnicities from Gagauzia region from the Republic of Moldova to mobilize by empowering young women and men to...

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A Common Word Among the Youth is a global youth movement which brings together young people from a multitude of backgrounds to increase understanding of different cultures and faiths, promote peace and coexistence, develop skills to help local communities and deliver shared solutions in the form of local action


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ACWAY would like to wish all Jewish people and their loved ones who observe the High Holidays a very meaningful celebration! This year, Rosh Hashanah takes place from September 18-20 and Yom Kippur on September 27-28.

Here's one perspective on the holidays from ACWAY Fellow Anja Fahlenkamp (Jewish, Germany):

"The Jewish High Holidays are hugely important to me. They are a time of renewal, of looking back at the year and self-assessing the challenges and difficulties I have faced and how I have (or haven’t) dealt with them, of making amends, asking for forgiveness and resolving quarrels--with the world, with others, and with myself--and of starting fresh. To celebrate Rosh HaShana and to observe Yom Kippur, we go to the community prayer at the synagogue and maybe share a humble family meal after, but my family doesn't really celebrate the Jewish new year with big, family-centred celebrations like we would for Chanukkah or Passover. Instead, this holiday is really about the internal, individual spiritual process of cleansing and renewal. The joy of Rosh HaShana, the Jewish new year, combines perfectly with the physical and spiritual cleansing effect of fasting for our day of atonement, Yom Kippur, when we seek to make amends and so be inscribed in the Book of Life for the coming year. That is why I look forward to the High Holidays every year!"

Below, you can see a picture of me visiting Jerusalem, the most sacred city for Jews, during the time of the High Holidays in 2009.

***ACWAY Fellows: If you would be willing to share your perspective in the future on a holiday from your own tradition, please e-mail us at***

Chag sameach!

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📣📣ACWAY Call for Submissions📣📣

The G20 Interfaith Forum- IF20 is a consultative process that seeks to weave interfaith insight and faith perspectives into practicable policy recommendations to the G20. ACWAY has partnered with the IF20 for many years., and this year ACWAY has been asked to lead the development of a policy brief that addresses challenges facing children and youth around the world. We are seeking perspective on these challenges that draws upon youth and religious views.

We're pleased to issue the call for submissions to ACWAY Fellows and all young people who would like to contribute to the G20 Interfaith Forum. Please see attached document for more details.

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Happy International Youth Day!

In 2020, the main topic of International Youth Day is “Youth Engagement for Global Action”. The theme seeks to highlight the ways in which the engagement of young people at the local, national and global levels is enriching national and multilateral institutions and processes.

This year’s IYD seeks to put the spotlight on youth engagement through the following three interconnected streams:

1. Engagement at the local/community level;
2. Engagement at the national level (formulation of laws, policies, and their implementation); and,
3. Engagement at the global level.

As movement of young people engaged in interfaith harmony, we call our fellows and members to keep the engagement in such themes!

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ACWAY Fellow Talks with our guests Zack Munyani (Kenya), Lina Sakina Salim (Singapore) and Rawaad Mahyub (UK), will share reflections on their personal journeys in interfaith dialogue, their sources of inspiration, the (re-)shaping of their worldview, and their call to take action. This session will be a wonderful moment to get to know more about some of the ACWAY fellows and to connect on shared experiences. You can find the zoom link below!

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*Embodying Passion: From Narratives to Action*
*Date*: Sunday, 16 August 2020
*Time*: 10:00 CST 15:00 GMT 22:00 WIB
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If you missed it live you can still watch it. ACWAY was honoured to be a signatory to this Accord ...

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ACWAY wishes all Muslims and their loved ones who observe Eid Al-Adha a very meaningful celebration! This year, Eid falls on July 30-31.

Here's one perspective on Eid from ACWAY Fellow Lina Sakina Salim (Muslim, Malaysia):
"In my region of Southeast Asia, Eid Al-Adha is considered the minor Eid between the two Eids that we have (the other is the Eidul Fitr), which is contrary to what is celebrated in other Muslim majority countries. Nevertheless, it is a merry celebration, and families get together and enjoy the day by feasting on the festive food and visiting extended families around us. Eid Al-Adha is known as the Feast of Sacrifice, and I am reminded of the sacrifices of our prophets and predecessors in spreading the message of God to humanity. This year, for the first time, I am officially participating in the Qurban, or the ritual slaughter of a sheep that I have purchased in a village in Indonesia. By doing my Qurban overseas, I am donating all of the meat to the needy there. May Allah accept my deeds and my sacrifice this year.

Included here is a photograph of me celebrating Eid Al-Adha with my family in Singapore two years ago, which reminds me that this year I will not be able to be with my parents due to COVID-19 travel restrictions and a photo of our family gathering to send off my mother-in-law, who was fortunate to go and perform her (hajj) pilgrimage to Mecca last year at this time."

***ACWAY Fellows: If you would be willing to share your perspective in the future on a holiday from your own tradition, please e-mail us at***

Eid mubarak!

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Sharing examples of young people turning up...
tune inUS Embassy and Gen Lab jointly invites you to the online dialogue on - Support your Community: Volunteerism and Social Distancing.

Reg. is mandatory -

Join us online with youth leaders to learn how they are supporting local volunteerism and contributing in their community while maintaining social distancing during COVID-19. Learn how you can help.

Program Date and Time: Thursday, June 25; 3:00-5:00 p.m.

Moderator: Ratul Dev, ED - Gen Lab

Guest Speaker :

• Rawaad Mahyub, CEO at The Humanitarian Forum, Director at A Common Word Among the Youth (ACWAY), United Kingdom

Event Brief:

Youth and their initiatives are playing vital role to combat COVID 19 and its mayhem. Starting from social media to providing basic food supplies they are pivotal along with government and not profit initiatives. At this moment organizations have come forward, providing food, supplies, medical needs and moral supports. Volunteers are working relentlessly to ensure that no family goes hungry. And all these also require social distancing and huge deal of management planning. Youth and Netizens have so far leaded many initiatives keeping social distancing their priority and at the same time many are working on absolute voluntary basis. We are here to learn from youth leaders who are showing us the path during these dark hours. Join us online and learn how to lead in social work and support your community during COVID maintaining social distancing.

To attend, please register here:
Registration deadline: Wednesday, June 24 at 12:00 p.m.

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ACWAY Fellows: Join us this Sunday 7th June for our next ACWAY Fellow Talk focused on fundraising with Irshad Osman!

Please email to RSVP and for the Zoom link.

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Our ACWAY fellow Sibu Szymanowska #TakingtheLead during UN World Interfaith Harmony Week! #UNWIHW ...

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In the context of the UN World Interfaith Harmony Week, we are glad to announce one more activity implemented. This time in Madagascar.

Organized by our fellow Tsiry Randrianavelo, the Green Peaceful Weekend gathered 180 people from the ages of 3 to 70. The event focused on an activity called "seed of peace planting". As a consequence of the encounter, 2500 seeds were planted and the participants were trained in medicinal trees identification. The group also engaged in activitites regarding awareness of peace concepts..

#TakingTheLead #UNWIHW

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Sunday, February 2nd, 2020 at 2:42am
As United Nations World Interfaith Harmony Week ( @wihw) approaches, we want to highlight the amazing projects and activities that are being conducted by ACWAY Fellows in honor of this week and interfaith engagements. Check it out!

#ACWAY #TakingTheLead
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Sunday, January 26th, 2020 at 8:06am
#ACWAY is thrilled to be participating in @UN @wihw with the launch of #ACWAYFellowTalks. Our first webinar will be on Feb 2, featuring youth reps from @InterfaithWorld @uriglobal themed Engaging Institutions: Leveraging Principles and Practice. #ACWAYTakingtheLead #UNWIHW ACWAYProject photo
Tuesday, October 8th, 2019 at 11:46pm
We wish good festivities on Navratri, Durga Puja and Dussehra to those celebrating!

In 2019, Navratri is celebrated between Sept 29th and Oct 8th, while Durga Puja takes place from Oct 4 to Oct 7, followed by the immersion of Durga idols, Dussehra, on Oct 8.
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Friday, October 4th, 2019 at 11:09am
This month ACWAY's icon has tuned pink for a very important reason.

Did you know that October is the Breast Cancer Awareness Month?
Religion and breast cancer have more to do with each than you think.

Check our last post on fb to know why: