A plenary session during the OYW Summit.
One thing is clear in my mind, there is an urgent need to act and bring more positive change to the world. Sometimes we feel paralyzed by the need to change. We know the solution, but think it is too big or impossible to realize. If the speakers at OYW convinced me of one thing, it’s that nothing is impossible when you set your mind to it and do not compromise your goals for others. The incredible young people who took to the stage to share their experiences are true change makers – bold, strong, and compassionate.
Bogota, Colombia did not become the host city of the Summit by chance. Prior to the peace treaty signed in 2016, Colombia had experienced war for half a century. Some victims of the war shared their stories of resilience, like a young Colombian woman who was kidnapped by FARC gorillas and kept hostage for several months. Now that the war is over, the Columbian people are recreating their lives to overcome the destruction of the previous years. That same young woman is now leading a project helping former kidnappers, like the ones who took her, to adapt to regular civilian life, to integrate into a peaceful society. I have such admiration for this young women and others like her. Her sense of humanness, empathy, and forgiveness is my inspiration to believe in a better future.