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OSCE brings together young people, influencers and government professionals in Tajikistan to discuss raising awareness of youth crime prevention

On April 23 and 24, the OSCE Transnational Threats Department (TNTD) and the Office of the OSCE Coordinator of Economic and Environmental Activities (OCEEA), in collaboration with the Program Office in Dushanbe, held multi-stakeholder workshops with young youth. people, influencers and government professionals to discuss how social media can be used as a platform to increase youth awareness and resilience about involvement in crime.

During the workshop, young people, influencers and practitioners discussed trends and challenges in youth crime, as well as the opportunities that social media offers to promote youth resilience to recruitment and involvement in crime.

Participants also reflected on the key audiences, styles, platforms and effective messages that can be used for youth crime prevention awareness campaigns on social media. Meaningful engagement of young people and promoting their voices in building resilience in youth crime prevention and in promoting a culture of integrity using social media was a cross-cutting theme of the workshop. The event also facilitated networking and the exchange of experiences and good practices between colleagues and between sectors in the field of youth crime prevention.

The results of the workshop will help develop a targeted social media awareness campaign in Tajikistan. The campaign will support the implementation of the National Drug Control Strategy of the Republic of Tajikistan for 2021-2030. The Strategy is one of the few in Central Asia and emphasizes the use of online tools and the involvement of youth, influencers and bloggers to raise awareness among young people about the dangers and realities of involvement in illegal activities and substance abuse, through provide alternatives and positive examples.

The campaign was implemented within the framework of the OSCE-wide multi-year extra-budgetary project “Enhancing Youth Crime and Drug Use Prevention through Education on Legality and Awareness Campaigns Addressing the Threats of Organized Crime and Corruption”, funded by Germany. Other donors supporting this project are Andorra, Italy and Poland.