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WORDS HEAL THE WORLD

On the first session of the exciting series DEN meetings that would be held this year we were presented with a vibrant range of projects that would be a part of DEN. One such projects is called Words Heal the World. It was presented by a student of University of Westminster ‎Beatriz Buarque ,who is studying in the Department of Politics and International Relations. Beatriz presented her project with a lot of passion encouraging other students to be a part of it. Here’s what she had to say to us-

“Recently, many extremist groups have been using the Internet for recruitment/incite attacks all over the world. Despite global efforts to identify and eliminate violent content on the Internet, they keep appearing on Facebook, YouTube, and Twitter. On the other hand, we have many organizations that have been using words to fight extremism, but few people know their work. Therefore, I developed the digital platform Words Heal the World to increase the visibility of these institutions and deconstruct extremist messages. I invite you to visit our website to know how it works: www.wordshealtheworld.com

HOW ARE WE GOING TO DO IT?
The students who join me will attend events held by these institutions and write stories/make videos about it in a creative way so as to catch the attention of young people. We'll share these content on the website, our Facebook page, Twitter and on our YouTube account that has been recently created. Students will also be encouraged to attend academic events / events held by security institutions regarding radicalization/extremism – there are really many things happening here in London in this sense!
To sum up, we'll use our creativity through words and images to show the world what has been done, what people have been discussing to prevent radicalization/extremism.

HOW WILL IT BE IMPORTANT TO YOU?

  1. You'll be part of a project that really intends to make a difference in our world. Some governments have encouraged civil society to come up with ideas to tackle extremism. Tech companies are trying to do their best and we can help because we have the freshness of youth. We use social media channels all the time. Let's use it to spread peace!
  2. Every content produced/edited by each of you will be credited. So, you can use it as portfolio.
  3. I am a journalist with 10 years of experience in the newsroom. Therefore, I can help you finding the best way to write, finding a story that will be interesting and so on.”


We request all the students to come join our team to make a difference. Let’s to do our bit and make this world a better place to live in.

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Latest Updates

Currently, we have been working with 17 organizations and students have been producing content to prevent radicalization, such as live streaming discussing the use of hijab to let people know that Muslim women don´t feel oppressed by it; and stories about events related to this topic.

During this year, we´ll have exciting activities: we are starting a short-documentary to deconstruct the myth that Muslim women feel oppressed by the veil; we´ll make another documentary to hear youth´s opinion about radicalization, and we´ll launch a global social media campaign to encourage mothers to dialogue with their sons and prevent the spread of extremist narratives.

Words Heal the World is a project that has already drawn the attention of some international institutions due to its innovative and pioneer character. Therefore, it will certainly help you boost your CV and you´ll be doing something to effectively make a difference in our world!

For regular updates and to connect with us follow us on Facebook-

https://www.facebook.com/wordshw/

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