Announcing new Youth Network – World BEYOND War

Announcing The World BEYOND War Youth Network (WBWYN) – it is run by youth for youth. Young people (aged 15-27) involved or interested in peacebuilding, sustainable development, and related fields can join at no cost. The network will work on:

  • Equipping young peacebuilders: The network creates space for young people and other change makers to build their capacity around war abolition and peacebuilding work, through training, workshops, and mentoring activities.
  • Empowering young people to take action. The network provides ongoing support to youth to carry out their own projects in three areas: demilitarising security, managing conflict without violence, and creating a culture of peace.
  • Growing the movement. The network connects and supports a new generation of war abolishers by bringing youth and adults together to work on issues related to peace, justice, climate change, gender equality, and youth empowerment.

We are partnering with the Canadian initiative “No Fighter Jets Campaign” and Canadians launch campaign to cancel fighter jet procurement with National Day of Action for #ClimatePeace – World Beyond War . . . to redirect funding from military spending to humanitarian needs.

A webinar that was held on May 14th (see below) – it is a sample of our work for peaceful people of all ages. This event was put together by our new World BEYOND War Youth Network.

We want to introduce the Youth Network and invite all young people to join it.

How do I join the WBWYN? Click here to apply. For further information please email

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This is info on our Webinar that was held on May 14, 2021
Open to All: War and Militarism: An Intergenerational Dialogue Across Cultures

We were delighted to be partnering with the Commonwealth Secretariat for what was n interesting and informative webinar.

We will explore the causes and effects of war and militarism in different settings, and showcase innovative approaches being used to support youth-led, intergenerational peacebuilding efforts at global, regional, national, and local levels.

The webinar will offer cross-cultural perspectives on militarism and war from Africa, Asia, the Middle East, and Latin America. It will feature inspiring speakers from World BEYOND War, the Commonwealth Secretariat, and their respective youth networks: the World BEYOND War Youth Network (WBWYN) and the Commonwealth Youth Peace Ambassadors Network (CYPAN). The webinar is designed to be a place for sharing, learning, and envisioning new possibilities for action.

The Panelists were:

  • David Swanson – Co-founder and Executive Director. World BEYOND War – USA
  • Dr. Terri-Ann Gilbert-Roberts – Research Manager, The Commonwealth Secretariat – Jamaica
  • Chiara Anfuso – young peacebuilder and activist, and member and Co-chair of the World BEYOND War Youth Network – Italy
  • Christine Odera – Coordinator of the Commonwealth Youth Peace Ambassador Network, CWPAN) – Kenya
  • Tareq Layka – Dentist, activist, peacebuilder, and member of the WBW Youth Network – Syria
  • Fahmida Faiza – Lawyer, Youth Policy Advocate, Peacebuilder – Bangladesh
  • Angelo Cardona – Human rights defender, peace and disarmament activist, and member of World BEYOND War Youth Network and Advisory Board – Colombia
  • Epah Mfortaw Nyukechen – Founding President of the University of Buea International Relations and Conflicts Resolution Students’ Association – Cameroon


  • Dr. Phill Gittins – Education Director, World BEYOND War – England
David Swanson is an author, activist, journalist, and radio host. He is cofounder and executive director of and campaign coordinator for Swanson’s books include War Is A Lie. He blogs at and He hosts Talk Nation Radio. He is a Nobel Peace Prize nominee, and was awarded the 2018 Peace Prize by the U.S. Peace Memorial Foundation. Follow him on Twitter: @davidcnswanson and FaceBook.
Terri-Ann is the Research Manager (Economic, Youth and Sustainable Development) at The Commonwealth Secretariat. She has over 17 years of experience in research, policy and programme formulation in international development, regionalism and youth participation in labor markets, justice systems and governance processes. Terri-Ann holds a Ph.D. in Politics from the University of Sheffield, an MSc in Development Planning (Distinction) from the University College London and a BSc (First Class Honours) in International Relations from the University of the West Indies.
Chiara Anfuso, a member and among the founders of the World Beyond War Youth Network, is a young peacebuilder and activist from Italy. She currently is in her final academic year of a Bachelor’s degree in International Relations and Organizations (BSc) at the Leiden University.
Christine Odera is a fierce youth advocate for peace, she is the Coordinator and among the founders of the Commonwealth Youth Peace Ambassadors Network which brings together young people from across the Commonwealth to upscale and optimize grassroots, national, regional and Pan-Commonwealth efforts to promote peace, respect & understanding and preventing violent extremism.
Tareq Layka is a dentist, activist, and peacebuilder. He is one of the founding members of the World BEYOND War Youth Network (WBWYN) . His work focuses on the interdisciplinary nature of issues facing the world ranging from Global Health to peacebuilding and human rights activism. His interests originated from living through the conflict in Syria and witnessing the dynamics of the war and its effects on all aspects of life.
Fahmida Faiza is a youth peacebuilder and social activist from Bangladesh. After completing her legal education from the UK, she is currently working as a safeguarding expert drafting and implementing policies to protect women and children in the South Asian football industry from all kinds of harassment and abuse. As a youth leader from her community, Fahmida has dedicatedly worked with the Commonwealth, UN, OIC and other international stakeholders to ensure an environment for young people to thrive and free from violence.
Angelo Cardona, a member of World BEYOND War’s Youth Network and Advisory Board, is a human rights defender, peace and disarmament activist. He is representative of Latin America in the Council of the Nobel-peace prize winning International Peace Bureau (IPB). Co-founder and President of the Ibero-American Alliance for Peace, member of the International Steering Committee of the Global Campaign on Military Spending.
Epah Mfortaw Nyukechen is a final year student at the University of Buea, Cameroon reading a BSc in International Relations and a minor in Conflict Resolution. He is a former student of War, Diplomacy and Global leadership at King’s College, London, UK. He believes in learning through understanding numerous perspectives as a necessary tool for not only transforming ideas into workable solution that would work for all but providing sustainable development of an individual, community, society and the world as a whole.
Phill Gittins is the Education Director for World BEYOND War. He is a practitioner-scholar with over 20 years’ leadership, programming, and analysis experience in the areas of peace, education, psychotherapy, and youth and community development. He holds a PhD in International Conflict Analysis, MA in Education, and BA (First Class Honours) in Youth and Community Work.

NB: We promote events at a wide variety of times chosen by WBW or by coalitions we are working with. We know that any one time is not convenient for the whole globe, so we try to vary the times. We also stream every webinar to our youtube page and post the videos at to be watched at your convenience.

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