Afghanistan’s Young Leaders Conference, hosted in Kabul by the ArtLords, an activist artist group, was held from December 1-4 with the participation of 130 young women and men from 12 provinces of the country and also representatives from Afghan communities in the US, Australia and Germany.
In the past year, participants in the conference held programs in their provinces under the name of “Let’s Talk,” in which the young shared their "words of the heart" in discourse, street paintings, and exhibitions, the ArtLords said in a statement.
At the Kabul conference, the young participants discussed security, peace, ceasefire, Afghanistan’s peace talks, the economic situation, jobs, improving the quality of education, mental and physical conditions, mental and physical abuse, and the path toward the future, it said.
At the gathering, young people from Colombia, Sri Lanka, the US and Switzerland also participated online.
At the gathering, the young urged the Afghan government and Taliban to call a ceasefire.
Music, paintings, local dress, kites, films, poetry and dance was were also part of the Afghanistan’s Young Leaders Conference, it mentioned.
ArtLords was established in 2014. It is a global grassroots movement of artivists motivated by the desire to pave the way for social transformation and behavioral change through employing the soft power of art and culture as a non-intrusive approach.
ArtLords is to promote the message of peace in Afghanistan through the expressivity of the arts and culture which has 7 offices in Afghanistan and an office in Virginia, US.