CANCELLED: Talk With Ms Hajer Sharief, Winner of the 2016 Students Peace Prize
Regrettably, the talk with Ms. Sharief has been cancelled due to travelling problems. We will inform you about the new date for her talk in due course.
By gathering different groups of people to dialogue in a highly unstable country, the Student Peace Prize winner has worked her way from organizations at ground level in Libya to becoming an important participant in the international political environment.
Award winner Hajer Sharief, photo: SPP
The Students Peace Prize (SPP) was established in 1999 – an initiative from volunteers at the International Student Festival in Trondheim (ISFiT) – and is awarded every two years to students or student organizations working to promote peace, human rights and democracy.
Built her own organization and works with Kofi Annan and the UN
Hajer Sharief (23) is awarded the Student Peace Prize of 2016, which was announced on September 29, 2016. This young law student witnessed the bombings and the civil war in Libya in 2011 closely, and has since that time been an active contributor to including women in peacebuilding processes. Despite her young age, Ms. Hajer Sharief, has built up her own organization in Libya, and is working together with both Kofi Annan and the UN.
Started up a civil society network
Through witnessing the horrible situation in Libya, Sharief was inspired to start up the civil society network Together We Build It. By gathering different groups of people to dialogue in a highly unstable country, the Student Peace Prize winner has worked her way from organizations at ground level in Libya to becoming an important participant in the international political environment. Sharief is currently working with implementing UN´s Security Council resolutions 1325 – Women, Peace and Security and 2250 – Youths, Peace and Security. Her work is highly significant in Libya.
Appointed to UN expert group
In fall 2016, Hajer Sharief was appointed by UN’s Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon to work in the expert group for further development of resolution 2250. She is also a part of the network Extremely Together, supported by the Kofi Annan Foundation, where she together with nine other participants tries to find positive prevention measures against violent extremism among young people in the world.
Hajer Sharief is a glowing example that youth is not only tomorrows leaders, but also are capable of taking leadership today. She symbolizes hope to the Libyan people in a situation that is otherwise hopeless. Hajer Sharief is the next winner of the Student Peace Prize, on behalf of all Norwegian students.
- Introduction of the Students Peace Prize and the winner of the 2016 round, Ms. Hajer Sharief (Thomas Halvorsen, 5-10 minutes)
- Talk by the winner of the 2016 round, Ms. Hajer Sharief (30 minutes)
- Q & A session (20 minutes)