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YEKI HASTIM

About Yeki hastim

“Yeki Hastim” means “We are One” in Farsi.

“We are one” is a project which I started since 2010 and it’s about expanding the culture of peace. I believe this idea will start from the human mindset, in order to create this mindset in the world, I truly believe people should be active to raise awareness about the culture of peace as I think, that peace will affect all aspects of our lives.

About REZA ABEDINI SOHI

I was born and raised in Tehran and have studied Textile Engineering. I was acting as the Commercial Manager in our family business in Hygienic Cellulose Industry. After some time, I was exporting the goods to Afghanistan and then I decided to help the Afghan people to make their own factories. The corporation between us, was based on loyalty and trust which resulted in expanding our business to 4 factories.These four factories were managed by them and at the end it was their own business. Three main reasons why I choose to travel are: I was always passionate about traveling the world to expand my vision and get a better insight of how the world is connected. It was interesting for me to share my views and my stories with others in Iran. As you may know our country had limited relationship with other countries so It was interesting that through my lens a lot of Iranians could join me and see different parts of the world. For me traveling is one of the most important elements that helps to open the mindset of people towards different cultures, languages, nations, ideas, religion, gender etc.

CULTURE OF PEACE

Differences are created by lack of understanding and recognition. I think it is important to explain what culture of peace is. Peace is a state 

or period in which there is no war but

“Culture of Peace” means peace with different element in our life such as:

1- Nonviolent society 

2- Environmental peace 

3- Respecting/helping people with disabilities 

 

4- Respecting each other’s nationalities, religions, languages, nations and genders 

5- Refugee peace 

6- Cultural heritage

7- Communication 

8 -Value of life and family itself

9- Freedom of speech and freedom itself 

10- Society commitment

11-Individual rights  

The concept of cultural peace is to create a better future for our children and the next generations. It starts from inside of each human being and then, it gets to be collective such as relationships between two persons, family, society, and international relations with other countries.

I strongly believe that in order to expand the culture of peace we need to start accepting others in how they are no matter their beliefs, color of skin, gender, nationality, age and etc

MY PROJECT

My project has two main steps:

1. Raising awareness

2. Call to action which is a long process. I believe for raising awareness I need attention and for attention I will be needing two important factors:

– Entertainment 

– Content  There will be an explanation under each caption that I post and this will give my followers a sense of what culture of peace really is about from my point of view of my daily life.

Sinc e I starte d traveling I noticed different cultures and societies which created an understanding for me that the world basically has the same problems (lack of the culture of peace) when it comes to the children. I tried to bring their attention to a different aspect of life was the opposite of what people were sharing on social media.Media helps us to make people more aware about the sensitivities existing in our society in regards of culture of peace and this will be a starting point for people in our society to think about peace. Media helps us to raise social sensitivity as well as social awareness towards culture of peace, consequently It provokes such discussions in public gatherings. I believe that each one of us are centrum of the world and the world has lots of centrums.

• I was always passionate about traveling the world to expand my vision and get a better insight of how the world is connected.

• It was interesting for me to share my views and my stories with others in Iran. As you may know our country had limited relationship with other countries so It was interesting that through my lens a lot of Iranians could join me and see different parts of the world.

• For me traveling is one of the most important elements that helps to open the mindset of people towards different cultures, languages, nations, ideas, religion, gender etc.

MY ACTION

I heard the stories from different people during my travels, it was interesting how close the people believes were and are and how they truly have the same dreams no matter black or white, male or female. 

I walked 600km in Africa, 500km in Latin America, 300km in Camino Santiago and 250 km in Eastern Asia in order to be closer to the people of these countries and to be involved in their daily lifestyle and spread my messag .Traveling was the first step of my project and during my travels I saw the differences such as cultures, societies and human lifestyles and their story telling started opening my mind to be more interested in how the world reflects upon the human’s differences but again how similar we are at the same time. This made me realize that we are all in the same boat and we all have the same happiness and sorrows.

“Yeki Hastim” project is an individual movement that hopes to reach to a collective participation.

I met the NGOs in order to practice volunteer work and got the opportunity to get their experiences and this helped me to bring me closer to the reality of the cultures they have. 

Our main focus is on children because the world of tomorrow will inherit the children of today. 

I started to bring awareness to the people by making fabric signature in four languages (Farsi, English, Spanish and Portuguese) – saying “We believe that every human being comes into this world innocent desiring safety, love and peace. Let’s reach to this dream by starting with the children”.  The reason why I chose the fabric signature was because of 3 reasons: 

  1. to be able to write their thoughts and feelings. This makes it more authentic and active as it makes them think even for one minute. This way they can easily express their feelings by writing, signing and etc. 

   2.This also gave me an opportunity to bring more awareness about my own country and showing the people the image Iran really has and is not only what they see in the media and getting to know our culture more in depth especially about that we also have interest in being pacifists. 

  3.its visual for the people and that they became interactive together by this fabric and brought them even closer no matter the differences they have and they became ONE even for just a second.   

During my travels, UN contacted me in order to collaborate in regards of Peace Day.I was honored to have had the opportunity to have the UN helping me in making the Iranians more aware about the Culture of Peace.  

My plan is to first ensure that the Iranians have a decent awareness about what the Culture of Peace is really about and afterwards this would be a step forward to open a bridge between the world and Iran to bring more understanding about the actions we have taken here in Iran and also Iran to get better opportunities for expanding “WE ARE ONE” project.

In order to expand the culture of peace we need

 to be involved and create various projects such as workshops and conferences. Traveling will also be a big part of this project as it helps exchanging cultures and raising awareness about differences. Another idea and goal is also to support other activities in regards of charities and NGOs for more unity because at the end of the day this is what “WE ARE ONE” is about

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