• In the spotlight

    April 21, 2016

    2016-2017 Hurford Youth Fellowship Application. Apply Now!

     

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    The Hurford Youth Fellowship Program, facilitated by the World Youth Movement for Democracy, seeks emerging democratic leaders from around the world committed to building their leadership skills, enhancing their organizational talents, and harnessing their potential. In this program, three young activists spend four months per year at the World Movement for Democracy Secretariat in Washington D.C., during which time they contribute to the advancement of the World Youth Movement for Democracy.

    In consultation with the World Movement for Democracy Secretariat and World Youth Movement Leadership Board, Hurford Youth Fellows engage in strategic meetings, conduct research, organize and lead presentations, and run online discussions and information-sharing sessions on issues confronting democracy. The results of the Fellows’ projects will be compiled, presented, and shared globally in a creative manner

    APPLICATION DEADLINE: All application materials must be submitted by 18 May 2016

    SUBMITTING YOUR APPLICATION: Applicants are asked to submit the following:
    - Applicant Form;
    - C.V./Resume;
    - Two Letters of Recommendation

    All application materials should be uploaded to the online application

    PREPARING YOUR APPLICATION MATERIALS: The Applicant Form has four sections: (1) Personal Information; (2) Project Proposal; (3) Curriculum Vitae/Résumé; and (4) Two Letters of Recommendation. Each applicant must complete the entire FORM. Please note that incomplete application forms will not be reviewed.

    Project Proposal: Your project proposal is the most important part of your fellowship application. It should be clear, concise, and comprehensible to individuals outside your own field or concentration. Your proposal, in no more than 1200 words, should describe your proposed plan for organizing your fellowship activities. In your proposal, please ensure that you respond to the following specific questions:

    1. What is your proposed theme for your fellowship project?
    2. What are three specific online discussion topics or questions under your theme?
    3. How would you conduct research and develop information materials that could be used for broader dissemination and/or online discussions?
    4. How would you contribute to the further development of the World Youth Movement for Democracy?
    5. How would you plan to benefit from your time in Washington for your professional development as well as your organization’s work?

    Strong proposals will exhibit the following characteristics:
    - A clear focus & rationale, with practical relevance for strengthening the participation of youth in democracies.
    - The outline of a well-defined theme, with tangible benefits to colleagues & counterparts in your field.

    Curriculum Vitae/Résumé: Please prepare a curriculum vitae or résumé and attach it as a separate document.

    INSTRUCTIONS FOR REFEREES
    Thank you for agreeing to write a letter of recommendation for an applicant to the Hurford Youth Fellows Program at the National Endowment for Democracy (NED). Your frank appraisal of the applicant and his or her fellowship project proposal will greatly help us in our selection process. For more information on the Hurford Youth Fellows Program, please go to www.wymdonline.org 

    Letter of Recommendation Guidelines
    We would greatly appreciate your candid comments on the following:
    - The length of time and context in which you have known the applicant
    - Your opinion of his or her background, qualifications, accomplishments, and experiences
    - Your appraisal of the proposed project and the applicant’s ability to complete it on time
    - Your views on the suitability of the applicant and his/her project to the Hurford Youth Fellows Program
    - Any other information you feel is important to share concerning the candidate

    Once the applicant identifies their referees and provides their email addresses within the application portal, an automated email will be sent to the referee’s email address. The automated email will give the referees login credentials to access the application portal in order to upload the letters of recommendation. Letters of recommendation must be submitted in English or accompanied by an English translation. Please format your letter as a MS Word Document (.doc) or Adobe PDF (.pdf).   Please note that letters of recommendation should not be shared with applicants.

    Click Here  to download the information handbook and application guidelines.

    Click Here to access the online application.

     Deadline: The deadline to submit your letter of recommendation is 18 May 2016.

    For questions or further information, please contact:

    World Movement for Democracy Secretariat
    National Endowment for Democracy 1025 F Street, N.W., Suite 800
    Washington, DC 20004
    Tel.: 202-378-9700
    E-mail: youthfellows@ned.org
    Website : www.wymdonline.org

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  • In the spotlight

    February 18, 2016

    Welcoming New Fellow, Ateki Seta Caxton

    Hi, my name is Ateki Seta Caxton, I am from Cameroon and one of the 2016 Hurford Youth Fellows. I am very honored to be selected as a Fellow, and I am excited to get started. During my fellowship I shall be examining more generally the role of technology in bridging divides and fostering youth political participation and will be working with the World Movement for Democracy here at the National Endowment for Democracy. Together with other youths from around the world, we shall have the opportunity to explore different aspects around my topic and hopefully share useful strategies and best practices. Please check out my bio below as I look forward to engaging with you. Stay tuned……..

     

    Mr. Ateki Seta Caxton is the Executive Director of Network for Solidarity, Empowerment and Transformation for All in Cameroon, where he works to empower youth, and promote peace and democracy. During his fellowship, he is focusing on the role of technology and social media in engaging youth in politics, and will explore how online campaigns can be used as a tool to address legal reforms. Following his fellowship, Mr. Caxton plans to develop a campaign to reduce the voting age from 20 to 18 in the 2018 general elections in Cameroon. He will also develop a strategy to mobilize African youth to participate in the African Movement for Democracy network.

  • In the spotlight

    February 18, 2016

    Welcoming New Fellow, Goma Devi Bastola

    Ms. Goma Devi Bastola is the President of the Rural Women’s Network Nepal (RUWON Nepal) where she works to promote human rights, education and social justice for rural women and youth. During her fellowship, she is focusing on how civil society can work with community leaders and political actors to make girl’s education a priority in rural communities. In addition, she plans to focus on the role of technology in addressing sexual violence against girls and promoting girl’s access to education in rural communities. Following her fellowship, Ms. Bastola plans to develop online tools and training; highlighting how empowering marginalized women and youth through education can lead to better governance and democratic practices.  She will also develop an outreach strategy to encourage Nepalese youth networks and organizations to become engaged participants in the World Youth Movement for Democracy.

    In the words of Ms. Bastola-

    I am Goma Devi Bastola from Nepal. I am the Hurford Youth Fellow 2016 in National Endowment for Democracy and I am the President of Rural Women’s Network Nepal (RUWON Nepal) www.ruwonnepal.org.np . RUWON Nepal is a national network. It is an autonomous non-governmental feminist social organization working for the education, rights and social justice of rural, poor and marginalized women, youth and children in Nepal since 2007.

    I am also a rural woman and I grew up and attended school and university in rural Nepal (Sindhuli District), and have firsthand experience living as a girl, youth, and woman in rural Nepal. This has given me insight into the situation of children, youth and women living in rural Nepal, as well as the specific challenges and inequalities they face. Based on this experience, I decided to work in the field of women’s and girl’s rights, education, and empowerment. I believe in equality. More specifically, men and women should have equal opportunities to live healthy, safe, and free lives. These goals align very closely with the vision of RUWON Nepal, which states in its constitution: “In Nepal especially in rural areas, the condition of the women and girls is very vulnerable. They are suffering from domestic violence. They do not get a chance to be educated. They lack good opportunities for development. Most of them are totally dependent with their husbands, fathers or male members in their family. They do not even know their own rights”.

    Being a rural woman and working on the issues of rural women and girls gives me a lot of energy, excitement and satisfaction. I am a young woman of 25, working in a big network in Nepal. Women and girls have so many expectations from my side. I have to help and support girls during their school and university education, make aware to rural youth and women the issues affecting democracy and peace.  Single, rural women need economic empowerment or support from our organization. Our government does not provide such support for NGOs so through this network I am hopeful to get some support for my work in Nepal. So if you are interested to support our work please feel free to contact me atgoma@ruwonnepal.org.np , or ruwonnepal@gmail.com

    I believe in equality. More specifically, men and women should have equal opportunities to live healthy, safe, and free lives. These goals align very closely with the vision of RUWON Nepal, which states in its constitution: “Here (in Nepal) especially in rural areas, the condition of the women and girls is very vulnerable. They are suffering from domestic violence. They do not get a chance to be educated. They lack good opportunities for development. Most of them are  totally dependent on their husbands, fathers and other male members of the family. Most of them do not even know their rights”. So I, through RUWON Nepal aim to make rural women and girls economically, occupationally, educationally and politically active, aware, independent, and skillful, and empower them so that they can participate effectively at national and international levels.

  • In the spotlight

    January 26, 2016

    Member Spotlight: Fatou Bintou Sallah

    1.    What first got you interested in youth issues?

    Growing up as a female in Africa, where boundaries and restriction are laid either clearly or impliedly on what a woman can do or say, and to what extent she can go to achieve her dreams, I knew I had to make a difference. I got interested because I wanted to make a change in my society, continent, and world at large especially in the lives of women and children. The tool that was at my disposal was advocacy on issues that often times were swept under the carpet, such issues like low levels of girls education, early marriage, Female Genital Mutilation (FGM), domestic violence and abuse amongst others. I felt that if we the youths come together with a stance on these issues, it will make all the difference. Because recently the government of The Gambia imposed a ban on FGM, an ancient practice that had been a norm for generations immemorial

    2.    Groups & Activities you are involved in

    1. i.              Think Young Women- Assistant Secretary General

    TYW actively addresses issues affecting young women by building their leadership skills by implementing trainings and seminars, and strengthening their voices to create more impact and support to achieve women’s rights. TYW has also provided the space to empower and uplift young women to be able to speak out against issues affecting them such as Violence against Women, most importantly FGM. Most notable of our activities is the organizing of a National Youth Forum on FGM every year where youths from all over the Gambia and all relevant stake holders convene to discuss and brainstorm on ways forward for issues affecting young women and girls; to which at the end, a communiqué is developed to be submitted to the government of The Gambia. Other activities include showing solidarity with other young women around the world who have their rights violated, one such activity was the Bring Back Our Girls Campaign in solidarity with our sisters in Nigeria. Additionally, another tool we constantly use is the media; radios and tv but most importantly social media where a lot of impact has been made.

     ii.            Give 1 Project- Executive Secretary

    The GIVE1 Project is a global non-profit, voluntary and development oriented organization that aims to engage young people as leaders in creating and building strong and healthy communities. Some of the activities include a monthly Give1 talk where specific guests are invited to talk to the young people on a variety of topics that are meant to help in molding their lives. -Quarterly tech-camps for girls in high schools where they are training on computer software and hardware which is geared to encourage young girls to venture into technology fields which is a male dominated field considering the number of women involved in this part of the world. – We also run a farm in one of the rural villages to encourage people to grow what they eat and inculcate the spirit of entrepreneurship in the youths.

    3.    Situation in my Country

    Both organizations namely Give1 Project and Think Young Women address some of the pertinent issues in my country. Currently, there are laws in place protecting children and young women but there is a huge divide in sensitization as in people do not know that there are provisions that protect them from violation and abuse and so the status quo of domestic violence, early marriage and so on continues. TYW comes in by doing mass sensitization on people’s protected rights and the avenues to use to obtain redress in the event a right is violated.

    Give1 Project’s main aim is to reduce the incidence of unemployment amongst recent graduates which is a major problem globally but a growing trend in the country by encouraging entrepreneurship through trainings and seminars and motivating the youths especially girls to venture into different careers that youths usually shy away from.

    4.    Policy or law reform

    That there is stricter enforcement of existing legislation especially in relation to the most vulnerable groups in society who often times are voiceless and cannot stand up for themselves.

    5.    Favourite quote and why?

    “At his best, man is the noblest of all animals; separated from law and justice he is the worst.” – Aristotle

    Because I am a die-hard fan of the rule of law and I believe that all men are equal regardless of social status, race or creed and should be treated as such. And indeed law and justice is a necessary element in society, otherwise mankind may easily fall into anarchy.

     

  • In the spotlight

    October 20, 2015

    Corruption In Disasters

     

    In a rare opportunity, three remarkable youth activists, from countries affected by the world’s worst disasters in recent years, discuss corruption  in disaster responses.

    Their stories show the disturbing realities currently happening in disaster locations in Haiti after the 2010 earthquake, in the Philippines after the 2013 Super Typhoon Haiyan, and in Myanmar after this year’s massive flooding.

    Despite the billions of dollars of aid received, thousands of disaster victims remain homeless. Humanitarian aid, if not outright stolen, is ineffectively disbursed or questionably liquidated. Displaced victims ultimately suffer a wide range of human rights abuses.

    Paneled by Haitian social activist Louino Robillard, Burmese youth leader Saw Htet Aung, and Filipino journalist and World Youth Movement for Democracy Hurford Youth Fellow Makoi Popioco, this documentary is a call for justice for all marginalized victims of disasters, internally displaced people, and refugees all around the world.

    Help us get people talking about corruption in disaster responses! Share this on your social media accounts.

    Do you also have a similar experience as the panelists? Let us know your stories too! Interact with us on Facebook and Twitter.

  • In the spotlight

    February 11, 2015

    Iniciando conversaciones sobre Latinoamerica y el Caribe

     

    latinoamericaParecer ser una realidad para todos que la situación de los Derechos Humanos en Latinoamérica es un tema que amerita atención y mucho trabajo en estos dias. La represión, la intimidación y el intento de supresión de derechos como la libertad de expresión, el derecho de asamblea o de asociación, el derecho a protestar o a pensar distinto (disentir) están en el ojo del huracán desde unos meses en nuestros países latinoamericanos.

    Esto por un lado ha impulsado a muchos más jóvenes a trabajar por lograr el respeto de las libertades y establecimiento de mejores condiciones en sus distintas naciones,  muchos más jóvenes nos hemos involucrado con temas políticos, con activismo y organizaciones de sociedad civil. Aunque por temas que no suelen ser positivos, esas situaciones adversas han estado sacando un lado positivo de nuestras sociedades: el espíritu de lucha democrática de muchos de sus jóvenes.

    Y el World Youth Movement for Democracy es un espacio que trabaja para apoyar estos liderazgos, por eso que queremos  fortalecer la presencia de temas relacionados a Latinoamérica y el Caribe en nuestros espacios digitales. Fomentar las publicaciones de noticias, oportunidades, reportes o consultas referentes a la región, y propiciar espacios para la interacción de la comunidad miembro del WYMD en torno a estos contenidos.

    Para iniciar estas publicaciones queremos conocer sus opiniones sobre el anuncio del restablecimiento de relaciones entre Cuba y Estados Unidos, anunciado el pasado 17 de diciembre de 2014 por los gobernantes de ambas naciones.

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    ¿Crees que esta es una nueva oportunidad para el activismo democrático en Cuba?

    ¿Crees que ahora habrá oportunidades para los jóvenes cubanos de tener acceso a las tecnologías y nuevas formas de comunicación?

    ¿Qué retos crees que implica esta medida para el activismo democrático de la isla y la región?

    ¿Cómo ves la gestión de libertad y amnistía para los presos políticos de la isla, tras este anuncio?

    ¿Cómo crees que influirá esta decisión en la cooperación democrática entre jóvenes de la región?

    Por favor comparte tus opiniones, esperamos sus comentarios. – ATNC

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