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Shahid Rehmat

Shahid Rehmat

Biography

Shahid Rehmat belongs to a minority Christian community in Lahore, and works as an advocate for the rights of religious minorities; inter and intra-faith harmony, peace, and tolerance; and countering religious violent extremism. For the past eight years, he has served several NGOs and IGNOs as a volunteer activist, including but not limited to, The Catholic Youth Commission of Pakistan, National Commission for Inter-religious Dialogues and Ecumenism (NCIDE), National Commission for Justice and Peace (NCJP), Ecumenical Youth Parliament, Youth Development Foundation, Pax Romana IMCS, Pax Romana ICMICA, and World Faith. Having faced discrimination for being Christian, he helped found Interfaith Youth in Action (IYA) in 2008, an organization committed to building bridges among youth of diverse faiths, cultures, and communities through alternative and community service activities. Through his short but meaningful journey, he has learned to analyze the challenges confronted by Pakistan’s young generation today, particularly minority youth. His organization has completed 10,000 service hours, trained more than 1,500 youth, including 535 young female leaders mostly in post conflict communities in Punjab and Sindh, about conflict resolution, negotiation, conflict mapping, interfaith harmony, religious tolerance, and peace building skills through practical social action and community service projects. In addition to his extracurricular activities, he was recognized in 2013 as a Human Rights Defender in Pakistan by Front Line Defender, Ireland; presented an Intervention at the United Nations Forum on Minority Issues in Geneva, Switzerland; and runs different peace advocacy campaigns for interfaith harmony and minority rights in Pakistan. Shahid is also an Acumen Pakistan Regional Fellow, part of the inaugural class in 2013.

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