Building peace in the minds of men and women

10th UNESCO Youth Forum

Ciara Beth Ni Ghriofa

“I’ve always been interested in technology and, more specifically, how technology can be applied to real-life situations in order to make life easier, particularly for people with disabilities. As I have Autism, I feel like I have a unique insight into what does and what doesn’t work in a therapeutic environment. Creative technology has really helped me to come to terms with my diagnosis so I decided to build an app that helped other people with Autism by helping them to make and maintain eye contact more comfortably.”
“Encouraging inclusivity and empathy are so important. I’m certain that so many conflicts could have be prevented if people demonstrated empathy and really listened to what the other person was really trying to say. Because I’m a bit different, I’ve always struggled with being included in things and there really isn’t a lonelier feeling than being left out. That’s why I’m so passionate about inclusivity. No one should be excluded just because they look, think or act differently.”
”Youth today are a generation of real change-makers and it is vital that we lead by example. We can’t wait for government officials or educational authorities to push inclusivity and empathy. We have to do it ourselves until it becomes a societal norm.”