My name is Yasmina Benslimane, I am a 24-years-old young Moroccan woman currently pursuing my MA in International Law and the Settlement of Disputes at the United Nations Mandated University for Peace, in Costa Rica. As many of you, I don’t have a dream, I have many. Politics and International Relations have always fascinated me. After studying Politics as a major in my undergraduate studies at Saint Louis University, Madrid, I have started to acquire the analytic skills to understand some of the complexities of our modern world. Politics are an opportunity to contribute to making a change in our troubled world. The interest for the field arose in my childhood thanks to both my grandparents who were politicians.
Having evolved in an environment where political issues were always discussed, I considered the field at an early age. Therefore, knowledge and understanding of it was a genuine interest. It is also primordial as “In our age, there is no such thing as keeping out of politics, all issues are political issues” (Georges Orwell). Politics are often perceived as a corrupted milieu and a way to gain money, power, and fame. Today, few people can change this distorted vision and struggle for a better world. Our generation should strive to defend the right values: democracy, social justice, equality, and tolerance.
There is still a long path to world peace. Everyone is part of the solution to achieve it, especially the youth. Together, we can brave all the challenges. We can all make a difference.