By Leadership Board Member, Chinedu Thomas Ekwealor, Sub-Saharan African Region The transition from childhood to adulthood is a critical stage of human development. The extent to…
In the spotlightOctober 21, 2014
Should the age of Candidacy be the same as the Voting Age? Global Online Debate NOV 7, 12:00 pm EST
Please join us for 2nd online global debate on November 7th, 12:00 pm EST.
Topic: Should the age of Candidacy be the same as the Voting Age?
We often emphasize the need for youth’s political participation. Should there be a limit to how involved youth should be in politics and should that limit be determined by age? Is age a good indicator for ability? What does having age restrictions mean in practicing democracy?
Join the Debate and hear all of the varying perspectives!
The debate will be streamed live on Google hangouts and YouTube
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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 spotlightSeptember 29, 2014
Member Spotlight: Luciana Grosu
Join us in sending a big congratulations to Luciana Grosu our new Member in the Spotlight. Read more about her below and see her profile here
1. What first got you interested in youth issues?
As a young person, I wanted to change the world ( and I still want, despite my bitter experience with the long time it takes to get from words to action) , so I thought that the most logical way to start is to join a strong and diverse global youth movement such as WYMD. I became a member after being a finalist in WYMD 2008’s Youth Essay Contest.At that time I was invited as a youth participant to attend the World Youth Movement for Democracy 5th Assembly in Kyev.
I was also the World Youth Movement for Democracy 2010 Essay Contest Eurasia Regional Winner for the 2010 Essay Competition.
Unfortunately, over the last few years, I saw most of my national civic involvement efforts failing and I can say that I never really had the chance to put in pratice any of the ideas I expressed in writing.
Nevertheless, I still have a huge respect and admiration for WYMD members and I still hope to be able to join them one day in a global democracy-related initiative.
2. If you could have any policy or law reform happen in your country right now, today, what would it be?
I am a passionate supporter of the ancient , but innovative idea of direct democracy, an utopical political regime where citizens make and vote laws directly, with little to no political representatives being involved.I have quite a few ideas concerning the way such a political system could function in practice. Of course, I am aware I have no hopes to see this disruptive change implemented in my home country in the next 300 years or so…
3. What global issue do you feel strongly about?
I feel strongly about corruption and the issue of global corruption which I imagine as a network of networks of all corrupted political representatives coming together to rob the world of its beauty and generosity.Actually, we all know at least 10 politicians who should go to prison , yet roam free leading us and imposing us their injustice. Corruption is unfair, than we do we accept as a natural thing of life ?!
4. What is your favorite quote and Why ?
“They who can give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety deserve neither liberty nor safety.” ― Benjamin Franklin
I believe that those people who accept dictature and lack of freedom, agree to trade both comfort and liberty for a meaningless life. This is true for Romania during the dictatorial regime of Ceausescu, but it is also true for my country and many other countries today.
5. What is the most inspiring event or change that you have seen in the last few years?
I’ve seen young people from Europe, Middle East and America taking into the streets with no fear and no desire to keep remaining silent . Many protests movements were born and many failed. But I believe the very spirit of protest remained : the courage to say « no » and the awareness that there is solidarity between us despite our differences.
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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