Aniqah Zowmi has a passion for youth engagement at all levels of government and civic organization. She is a Member of the Youth Advisory Group to the Canadian Commission for UNESCO (CCUNESCO), through which she provides youth perspectives to support CCUNESCO’s mandate. Zowmi is currently serving a term as a Youth Representative to the United Nations Department of Global Communications (formerly the Department of Public Information/Non-Governmental Organizations) Youth Steering Committee.
She recently completed a term with the Amman, Jordan mission of the Italian NGO Un Ponte Per…, working on a project disseminating basic mental health literacy to Syrian refugees and vulnerable Jordanians. In Summer 2017, Zowmi designed and facilitated a six-week long social enterprise e-course to youth entrepreneurs from the Middle East and North Africa Region, including Lebanon, Jordan, Egypt, and Morocco, to develop budding social enterprises. She has been an invited speaker for events such as the Lebanon Dialogue Initiative’s Annual Forum in Jounieh, Lebanon, and the Sustainable Development Training Programme at Wilfrid Laurier University in Waterloo, Canada, on topics from sustainable development to peacebuilding and youth engagement.
Zowmi most recently completed a term as Lead Author for the UNESCO Mahatma Gandhi Institute of Education and Peace for Sustainable Development’s publication, a Youth-Led Guide on Preventing Violent Extremism through Education, which was launched at the UNESCO Annual General Meeting in Paris, France, in November 2017.
Zowmi is pursuing a Master of Arts in Social Justice and Equity Studies at Brock University, expected to graduate in Spring 2019. She hopes to create a future that will allow her to leverage the voices of young people to build communities and co-create solutions to the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals.