Former Shelter City Guest Irwin Selected as One Young World Peace Ambassador

The One Young World Summit 2018 will take place in The Hague from the 17th to the 20th of October. During the Summit, young talent from global and national companies, NGOs, universities and other organisations are joined by world leaders, functioning as the One Young World Counsellors. The summits offers a great possibility for delegates to interact, debate, formulate and share innovative solutions to help achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

Irwin from Burundi who is one of our former Shelter City guests has been selected as a One Young World Peace Ambassador. As an Peace Ambassador, Irwin has been selected to promote and accelerate young leaders in preventing and countering violent extremism, peace-building effort and conflict resolution.

Irwin works on advocacy for human rights and social development in  the areas of LGBTI and sex workers’ in Africa. He works both locally and regionally to fight for these human rights. As a member of the advisory board of the 2016 Mandela Washington Fellowship, he represented the full diversity of over two hundred fellows from fourteen countries in East and Central Africa. In 2016, Irwin edited Walking the Tightrope: Poetry and Prose by LGBTQ Writers from Africa, a poetry anthology that seeks to challenge and engage individuals and institutions that consider homosexuality immoral. The anthology has valued him recognition by being featured in the first-ever fiveFilms4freedom 2016 Global List by the British Council – increasing visibility on his work and profile as a Human Rights Defender.

Are you curious to read Irwin’s view on the state of peace in his country and how he thinks that his work contribute to countering violent extremism and a sustainable peace? Please clik here.