Pule Jawan literally means “Bridges of Youth” in Dari, Urdu and Hindi. The aim of Pule Jawan is to transform the conflict in South Asia by highlighting youth perspectives on common challenges and aspirations in Afghanistan, Pakistan and India. Pule Jawan provides a platform to discuss issues usually ignored in the debate about security, economy and society in the region. It aims to create a paradigm shift in the discussions about peace and reconciliation in our region by sharing success stories and bringing together the youth in online and offline spaces. In Pakistan, this initiative is facilitated by Bytes for All, Pakistan with support from several different national and international organizations.
The security of Pakistan, India and Afghanistan are inextricably linked. Where, there is dialogue between the people of these countries, it tends to be the elites or the usual voices from civil society. Those, who might bring a fresh perspective to the issues are the amazing youth, whose voices are usually absent from the discourse. Unfortunately, the role of mainstream media has been minimal in helping solutions. Their coverage is limited to simple reporting, and in some unfortunate instances, it has fueled the intrigue and escalated mutual suspicion between the countries. New media technologies offer a huge opportunity for youth to link virtually, create new networks and change the discourse towards positive, more constructive outcomes.
Who can participate?
Social media activists & young leaders from all over the country will participate in a Country Forum to be held in Islamabad and work together as a network, across the borders with other activists in Afghanistan, India and beyond. The main theme of this Country Forum is "Celebrating diversity - Social media connecting Pakistan & beyond!"
An interest in security issues, conflict resolution and policy advocacy are much more desirable than technical skills on the Web. The forum welcomes youth leaders, artists, photographers, musicians, media practitioners, geeks, policy researchers and activists. To kick start the initiative and seed the network in Pakistan, a 2-day face to face meeting of selected 30 participants will be held on 11-12 April, 2012 in Islamabad, Pakistan. Please note that this is an event with full 2 days of commitment; so all the participants either from Islamabad or elsewhere will have to commit themselves for the entire duration. Further details on the program will be shared with the selected participants. If you wish to participate in this forum and be part of this vibrant regional network, please respond the call for participation by 1st April 2012. Selected participants will be notified by 4th April, 2012. Boarding/lodging for outstation participants will be borne by Bytes for All, Pakistan. For more information, you can write to info[at]bytesforall.pk.