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INTERNATIONAL YOUTH MEDIA SUMMIT seven voices in time
IT IS NOT BECAUSE THINGS ARE DIFFICULT THAT WE DO NOT DARE IT IS BECAUSE WE DO NOT DARE THAT THINGS ARE DIFFICULT

Violence and War
Gun Control; Gangs; Crime; Child Abuse;
Nuclear & Bio weapons; War as a solution; The Middle East 

6th summit coordinator for VIOLENCE

...Domestic violence, school violence, violence against animals...

Text by Mr. MACIEJ PALYSKA, POLAND
WHO defines violence as "intentional use of physical force or power, threatened or actual, against oneself, another person, or against a group or community, that either results in or has a high likelihood of resulting in injury, death, psychological harm, maldevelopment, or deprivation."

The Seville Statement on Violence is a scientific statement which says that peace is possible, because war is not a biological necessity. Governments openly say that peace is valuable to them and that they want to avoid conflicts, but the fact is that world countries spend 12 times more money on the military than on aid for the developing countries, which makes politicians' words difficult to believe.

In addition to “big” violence like war, we are surrounded by different forms of violence in everyday life. Domestic violence, school violence, violence against animals is common. Media bomb us with aggression, every day we are exposed to information about it which results in fear of other people. The computer game industry is producing more and more violent games and these are sold to a growing audience. The same is going on in the film and music industry, which gain profits by promoting aggression.
There isn't much a single person can do against these issues. But united and organized we can influence other people's awareness and try to promote anti-violence values. We can start from ourselves by standing up against violence (both physical and psychological) that we face in the streets, in our schools, in our neighborhoods. Promoting peace is the only way we can influence people's thinking.
In this summit we will try to create and send this message to as broad an audience as possible and show to the world that there are people who care. A famous quote attributed to Edmund Burke says “All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is that good men do nothing.” We need to be aware that we are responsible for what is happening in the society.
We will try to connect this topic with other issues presented in the summit:

  • violence is directly connected to health and life;
  • relation between violence and democracy is a very controversial problem and it's always coming back whenever there are cases of its abuse by the police;
  • youth is exposed to violence on many levels from school and media to domestic violence;
  • poverty is commonly blamed for being the reason for violent crimes;
  • in many countries women are discriminated and violence against them is still tolerated and treated as something normal;
  • despite many actions against using animals in medical experiments vivisection on live creatures is still a part of the production process in many branches of industry.
“I object to violence because when it appears to do good, the good is only temporary; the evil it does is permanent.”
Mahatma Ghandi

“There are more pleasant things to do than beat up people.”
Muhammad Ali