MISSION AND VISION OF THE 8TH WORLD ZOROASTRIAN YOUTH CONGRESS
Vision: Reigniting Connections
Mission: To coexist harmoniously despite our differences (encompasses notions of diversity & Inclusion)
1. Religious Education & Identity - This theme will provide delegates with insights into the rich history of Zoroastrianism and how it relates to their current values, behaviour, and overall identity.
2. Social Responsibility - This theme will address a range of issues, from sustainability to human rights, and explore the role that young Zoroastrians can play in tackling these challenges.
3. Networking and Opportunities - This theme will highlight career pathways in media, entrepreneurship, design and more, as well as opportunities to network and create lasting connections with others.
The 8th World Zoroastrian Youth Congress (8WZYC) is set to be held in London from July 21st - 26th 2023. After 27 years the World Zoroastrian Youth Congress has returned to London, where it will galvanise over 515 Young Zoroastrians from over 15 different countries.
The Zoroastrian faith, which has endured for over 3500 years, carries a profound message of Good Thoughts, Good Words, and Good Deeds. In a world increasingly divided, with a current population of only around 200,000, it is crucial to gather the next generation to ensure the survival and development of this ancient religion. The 8WZYC aims to host a variety of speaker sessions, workshops and social events to foster diversity and inclusion within the Zoroastrian community.
The congress wishes to reignite connections by inspiring young Zoroastrians to address the challenges of dwindling numbers and leverage their diverse population. Over 70 distinguished speakers will share insights on various topics, including inter-faith marriage, LGBTQ+ relationships, conversion, and the achievements of young Zoroastrians in media, arts, and sports.
In addition to the enriching sessions, evening events will provide a platform for youth to network, engage, and explore different aspects of their identity. Attendees will have the opportunity to experience Persian dancing and instrumental performances, fostering connections that transcend borders and amplify the global voice of Zoroastrianism.
The overwhelming response to the 8WZYC is a testament to the significance of this event. Despite the religion’s dwindling population, ticket sales for the congress in London sold out in record time. Young Zoroastrians eagerly embraced the chance to visit one of the world's most vibrant cities, where the mission of the congress - to coexist harmoniously despite our differences - is exemplified.
The 8th World Zoroastrian Youth Congress promises to be a transformative experience, uniting young Zoroastrians from around the world and empowering them to shape the future of their community. This event will not only celebrate the rich heritage of the Zoroastrian faith but also inspire the next generation to embrace its values and contribute to a more united and sustainable world.
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