Changing the Middle East By Elie Obeid YOUTH! That word has been at the roots of electoral programs, the ground for any desired change,…
In the spotlightJanuary 15, 2015
Upcoming Online Discussion: Jan 20, 11am (EDT)
Please join us for an online discussion on January 20, 11AM (EDT)
Topic: Identifying Spaces for Youth in Social Change Processes
It is evident that youth have the power to effect social change. How and where those efforts to make an impact are best concerted is up for discussion.
Join the discussion and hear all the varying perspectives, approaches and examples from youth around the world.
The online discussion will be streamed live on Google Hangouts and You Tube.
Click here to watch the discussion live! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RtZga4PlK8g
In the spotlightDecember 4, 2014
Member Spotlight: Stevie Leonard Harison
1. What first got you interested in youth issues?
It is when I fully realized that youth is the key player for the world’s future and I almost being too late to optimize my life as youth. Besides that, I did self-reflection and then took strong commitment to both empowering myself and helping younger generation to maximize their potentials at the same time.
2. What are some of the groups and activities you are involved in?
Besides my membership in WYMD, I am involved in several national and international NGOs such as International Youth Network (IYN) which focus on youth empowerment, Indonesia Anti-corruption Youth Club (SPEAK) by Transparency International Indonesia which focused on anti-corruption education and youth movement, Youth for Human Rights International (YHRI) which focused on human rights and youth, Asia Youth Climate Network (AYCN) which focused on youth and climate change. Last but not least I established youth-led initiative named Inspirator Muda Nusantara, a youth-empowerment network in Indonesia through sharing information, knowledge and experience to inspiring young generation to be shining future leaders of the nation. For activities, I strongly passionate on issues such as democracy and youth rights, climate change and sustainable development, peace and multiculturalism, and youth empowerment. I joined many conferences, forums, and seminars related to those issues and sharing the experiences through my networking.
3. What is the situation in your country right now that makes your organization’s work particularly relevant?
In Indonesia now, we are facing ‘demographic bonus’ of which youth is the largest group in our population pyramid. It is serious challenge and big opportunity at the same time. If youth are not empowered, it would causes acute social problem but if youth are empowered, it would generates positive impacts to the development as whole. This is the main reason for my organization, Inspirator Muda Nusantara, focused on and work for issues of youth empowerment. We want to engage young generation to be actively participated in our golden era of national development through motivating them to produce their own achievements based on competencies and capacities. Besides that, we know that our country is multicultural country although it is also the world’s largest Moslem country, but our organization strongly committed to save national integrity and maintain peaceful and harmonious circumstances. Inspirator Muda Nusantara is not affiliated with or belongs to any kind of group, we are independent and inclusive not-for-profit youth organization whose members are diverse in backgrounds. Additionally, Inspirator Muda Nusantara is one of signatory parties (youth-led organization) from Indonesia in the Global Partnership for Youth 2015 by the United Nations Secretary General’s Envoy on Youth.
4. If you could have any policy or law reform happen in your country right now, today, what would it be?
I will process two policy reforms; one is for national social security program which focused on how to provide marginalized children and youth groups a better livelihood with supports from multi-stakeholders [not only government] based on holistic approaches; and two is for education curriculum which address the urgency of comprehensive learning program that not only contains conventional teaching and education but also practical and inspirational extra-curricular / non-academic activities. These reforms would bring young generation in my country to a better and brighter future than before.
5. What is your favorite quote and why?
- “ Democracy cannot succeed unless those who express their choice are prepared to choose wisely. The real safeguard of democracy, therefore, is education. ” (Franklin D. Roosevelt). Because I strongly agree that without proper knowledge and complete information which derived from education, we are such a blind man in the political system that cannot walk in the right way and even potentially can walk in the wrong way. Education is the key pillar to a mature and substantial democracy.
- “ Young people should be at the forefront of global change and innovation. Empowered, they can be key agents for development and peace. If, however, they are left on society’s margins, all of us will be impoverished. Let us ensure that all young people have every opportunity to participate fully in the lives of their societies. ” (Kofi Annan). This best quote pointed out very clearly that youth really play very important role in determining the world future and motivates me to contribute optimally for the young generation in both domestic and international levels.
In the spotlightOctober 21, 2014
Thanks for your involvement with World Youth Day for Democracy 2014
World Youth Day for Democracy was a success! Thank you for sending in all of your photos and videos in support of prisoners of conscience. We received many photos and videos from around the world. We look forward to using your contributions in our larger campaign with CIVICUS to urge the release of these human rights activists!
In the spotlightAugust 18, 2014
Introducing our 2014 Hurford Youth Fellow, Rami Soud from Jordan.
Hurford Youth Fellow Rami Soud is from Jordan where he is the Vice President and Director of International Relations at the HIKAYA Center for Civil Society Development. During his fellowship, he will be organizing online discussions on youth roles in social change processes and exploring how youth movements and pressure groups can contribute to democracy promotion. His fellowship will run through mid-December. Following his fellowship, Rami hopes to create an alliance of civil society organizations in the Middle East region that can share their expertise and experiences with youth activists.
See Rami Soud’s Profile here.
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