For the second year in a row, I had the chance to represent my country at an international gathering of Amnesty International youth activists. This time, it was a training of trainers on Sexual and Reproductive Rights, which a lot of you must know, is a cause I hold very close to my heart. The training took place in Hammamet, Tunisia from May 24th to May 28th in the presence of three delegations: Algerian, Tunisian, and Moroccan.
Over the span of four days and a half, we had the chance to reinforce our prior knowledge on Sexual and Reproductive Rights. This covered everything from going over the My Body My Rights campaign again to discovering sexual orientations and identities. We also had the chance acquire tools to plan, execute, and evaluate workshops on SRR.
The actual training was extremely interesting and got me thinking about what I can do within the AUI Amnesty International Club next year. However, what will stay with me forever is the interactions and dynamics between some of the people I got the chance to meet.
Whether it was while designing a workshop, sharing different aspects of our cultures during a Cultural Night, or halfway through all the sleepless nights I spent playing cards, my trip to Tunisia taught me a lot of things. I learned that no matter where we come from, no matter how different we think we are, or how prejudiced we might be, all we have to do is truly listen to each other to get to our ends. Nothing will ever get done as long as we stand divided, shouting at each other.
I am sure this is not the first time I am saying this, but it does no harm to repeat it: It really does not matter how long you’ve known someone, so long as they touch your existence in one way or another. On our second day in Tunisia, I was told that Tunisians have such a big heart they love fast and very easily to the point it is almost a running joke. I guess I got to experience that first hand.