EoF young people’s commitment to rebuilding an economy rooted in peace and Human Rights

We young economists, entrepreneurs and change-makers of the world, called upon to give a soul to the economy, we say: Stop! Stop the war, put down the weapons, get back to the path of dialogue.

Our hearts are deeply painful for the Russian-Ukrainian crisis. We ask for everyone’s commitment so that the time prophesied by Isaiah may get close: “They will forge their swords into plowshares, their spears into sickles; people of a nation will no longer raise their sword against another nation, they will no longer practice the art of war” (Is 2, 4).

We, young people, can no longer tolerate resources diverted from education, health care, and our present and future to build weapons instead and fuel the wars needed to sell them.

We want to tell our children that the world at war is over forever.

For this reason, we share and bounce the words of Pope Francis: “Every war leaves our world worse than it was before. War is a failure of politics and humanity, a shameful capitulation, a stinging defeat facing the forces of evil” (Fratelli Tutti, 261).

Also, we express our solidarity with all those who are trying to wage a battle against human rights violations, repression and violence.  Especially, with those in Iran and Afghanistan who are protesting against crimes and abuses affecting women in particular. The  Economy of Francesco is doing what the people to whom the event is dedicated have asked: make our voice heard, do not forget us“.

That is why since December 2022 we have started with a series of reading marathons that report the stories of the book One Thousand and One Nights. The narrative device of this book reminds us that narration is also a place to go to try to defeat death: a sign to celebrate and defend the value of words and their generative capacity for salvation, the fundamental right to express oneself, to protest, to defend and fight for life, rights and freedom. May it be women and young people who generate the necessary first words of the new world that needs to be born.