Wiyiyit is a Center for Civil Discourse organized around the core principle that open, fair and honest debate, characterized by respect for opposing viewpoints is essential to a Healthy Free Society. Wiyiyit’s mission is to advance the values of respectful discourse and to call on all Ethiopians to embrace civility and reject demagoguery in public, media and personal lives.
As John Wesley once put it, “there are many doctrines of less essential nature…In these we may think and let think; we may agree to disagree. But meantime, let us hold fast the essentials”
There are so many things that bind us together than divide us. Lack of Civil Discourse has caused communication refit in our society be it at home or in Diaspora. As a society we must come together, respect every voices and opinions even if we don’t agree with each other. We all agree on the freedom of our people, fundamental human rights, and economic independence. How we can achieve those are not by imposing our point of views on each other rather have common consensus that is acceptable to most. That is where Wiyiyit comes in to give a platform for Civil Discourse.
“My hope is for us to come together not only embracing shared beliefs and values, but acknowledging our differences in ways that promote respect and appreciation. To ask for a shared vision is a fair and legitimate human proposal; what is not fair and legitimate is to dictate the ways on how we get there. If we are to emerge from the long shadows that can engulf us, we must talk with each other, come to understand each other, and renew ourselves and our perceptions of each other.”
– Alma Abdul-Hadi Jadallah