“Youth and Multiculturalism in Austria Session 2: Promoting peaceful coexistence in a pluralistic society” (Austria)

IAYSP-Austria organized on February 11, 2021, at 7 pm, the 2nd session of IAYSP series Youth and Multiculturalism in Austria with the subtitle Promoting peaceful coexistence in a pluralistic society” on Zoom. Around 50 people participated in the panel discussion.

The panelists were Džemal Šibljaković, a lecturer at St. Pölten University of Applied Sciences, a coach for deradicalization, Martha Bißmann, a former member of parliament, and Anastasia Fusco who works as an Adviser on Youth and Security in the Office of the Secretary-General of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE).

Džemal Šibljaković highlighted that we need new narratives promoting more peaceful coexistence in our society. Martha Bißmann mentioned that we should talk again about Austrian history, as we have a very multicultural and diverse background. Furthermore, she said that we should have more multicultural festivals to celebrate our peaceful coexistence. And that more people in the parliament should have migration roots to create a better balance, like the one New Zealand or Canada have.

Anastasia Fusco mainly explained that OSCE focuses on the human dimension, such as human rights. And now they are working on the political dimension offering training to young people.

Afterward, the audience could ask questions to the panelists allowing them to have a lively and great discussion on this topic.