Interfaith, Intercultural dialogue and Peace building
Being born and raised in one of the most multicultural communities in Russia, from the young age I was exposed to peaceful co-existence between nations and religions. In Kazan, ethnic Russians and Tatars live side by side, despite cultural, religious and linguistic differences. Meanwhile, I have also seen and experienced the growth of tensions as a result of current governmental narratives. I find meaning and joy with working in building dialogue, conducting trainings in human rights and mediation. Please see below my local and international initiatives and engagements
Picture: Kol-Sharif Mosque in the Kazan Kremlin
Representing ACWAY @ Sharing good practices against discrimination and intolerance based on religion or belief
Nowadays, most of my peace building volunteer work is correlated with the youth-led non-profit organization “A Common Word Among the Youth (ACWAY)”, where I am a Head of Admin department. ACWAY is a global youth movement that brings together young people from a multitude of backgrounds to increase understanding of different cultures and faiths, promote peace and coexistence, develop skills to help local communities and deliver shared solutions in the form of local action. Our team organizes annual intercultural and inter-religious youth forums as well as works throughout the year to engage and support fellows in their activities.
October 2018, Leysin, Switzerland
Leading a training on "Negotiating the Non-negotiable in the context of Ethnic Conflicts"
Leading educational projects in Kazan in English for kids and teenagers to promote cultural and religious tolerance, peaceful conflict resolution and human rights. Participants followed a learning process and acquired competences in the fields of intercultural learning, dialogue and conflict transformation.