OIC: Promoting culture and youth leadership values as vehicles to combat extremism and Islamophobia

December 3, 2017 Off By Web Desk

Kuala Lumpur (OIC-UNA) – The Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) hosted its first ever Global Cultural Week and Value-Based Leadership and Youth Empowerment Training 2017 in partnership with the International Islamic University Malaysia (IIUM) from November 27 to 30.

The integrated program consisted of several events, activities, and training. By launching the cultural week, the OIC is aimed at strengthening value-based solidarity and leadership in the Muslim world in an environment of cultural unity and diversity. The program comes as a deep response to the urgency of empowering youth leaders with the knowledge of cultural values and virtues, ethics and leadership skills.

In her speech during the closing ceremony of the Global Cultural Week, the OIC’s Director of Culture, Social and Family Affairs Dr. Mehla Talebna noted that in this critical period in the Islamic World, the Muslim Communities are facing biased approach to their culture from the Non-Muslim world. Governments, Institutions and governmental or non-governmental organizations, have to engage even more in real dialogue on the role of virtues and values in addressing issues such as extremism, radicalization, Islamophobia.

She added that the OIC is encouraging the process of bringing together youth leaders and activists within universities to participate in promoting Muslim solidarity and cultural exchanges through real events and activities that will strengthen the spirit of unity and enhance the culture of caring & sharing; exposing youth leaders to applied aspects of value-based leadership.

Dr. Talebna also asserted that developing strategies and action plans to promote cultural exchange and dialogue, integrating Islamic revealed knowledge and values in academic disciplines and educational activities, restoring leading and progressive role of Muslim Ummah in all branches of knowledge will contribute to disseminating the noble values of Islam throughout the world.

The OIC global culture week brought together youth leaders, institutions, organizations and universities to participate in cultural events and empowerment programs, to promote Muslim unity and cultural exchange.

The program also provided a universal platform for youth leaders to engage in real dialogue on the role of virtues and values in addressing issues such as Islamophobia, sectarianism, terrorism, sustainable development, environment, poverty among others.

Source: International Islamic News Agency