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How ending violence against women and girls became my passion

A remarkable young man from Tanzania, 24-year-old Mwasapi Kihongosi won the global UNiTE T-shirt design competition in 2011, climbed Mount Kilimanjaro in March 2012 and led a Caravan for Change against violence and harmful traditional practices in November 2012. Mwasapi tells us how the plight to end such forms of violence became his passion.

“I did […]

2 September 2013|News for Youth, News Stories|

Commission on Social Development discusses youth issues

On the sidelines of the Commission on Social Development meeting in New York this week, the U.S. Mission to the UN and the International Labour Organization (ILO) convened a special forum bringing together key stakeholders to explore the challenges in implementing successful strategies.

Salient facts that came out of the forum were that young people represent […]

2 September 2013|News for Youth, News Stories|

Regional Focus: Partnering with Youth to Build Democratic Societies in the Arab Region

Egypt: Assessing Governance from a Youth Perspective

In Egypt, young men and women drove the 25 January revolution because they have been economically, socially and politically excluded. As the country now moves forward with a new government and Constitution, a DGTTF-backed project will work through an experienced national partner, the Social Contract Center, on youth-focused governance assessments focused […]

1 September 2013|News for Youth, News Stories|

New law in Kyrgyzstan toughens penalties for bride kidnapping

The practice of bride kidnapping is widespread in Kyrgyzstan and is still considered by some as a valuable tradition.

“According to these ‘traditions’, when a Kyrgyz man wants to get married, he picks a bride and starts to arrange her kidnapping. This is a grave violation of human rights. Women often experience physical violence and rape.

They […]

1 September 2013|News for Youth, News Stories|

Egypt commits to implementing regional project to strengthen youth volunteerism

1 September 2013|News for Youth, News Stories|

Child Marriages: 39,000 Every Day – More than 140 million girls will marry between 2011 and 2020

Joint press release by UNFPA, UNICEF, WHO, UN Women, the United Nations Foundation, World Vision, Girls Not Brides, Every Woman Every Child, World YWCA and The Partnership for Maternal, Newborn and Child Health.

NEW YORK, 7 March 2013 – Between 2011 and 2020, more than 140 million girls will become child brides, according to United Nations […]

1 September 2013|News for Youth, News Stories|

Men in the kitchen: cooking up change in Mozambique

“Once we’re in the kitchen, cooking as we know it, we learn a lot. … I didn’t used to be comfortable. … I would return from work hungry but just because [my partner] was not home, I couldn’t eat,” admits Augusto Magaia, a 25-year-old man who lives in the suburbs of Maputo, the capital of […]

1 September 2013|News for Youth, News Stories|

Africa’s Greatest Assets Are Young People

Africa Renewal Interview with the UN Secretary General’s Envoy on Youth, Mr Ahmad Alhendawi

You have just been appointed the Secretary-General’s Envoy on Youth. What will be your role?

An envoy is someone who takes a message and promotes it. To be the Secretary-General’s Envoy requires taking his message and promoting it among the youth around the […]

1 September 2013|Envoy’s news, News for Youth|

UN Envoy on Youth Addresses Second International Young Leaders Assembly

1 September 2013|Envoy’s news, News for Youth|

Youth call for more engagement in local government

The Commonwealth Local Government Young People’s Forum (CLGYPF) took place on 13-14 May 2013 at the Munyonyo Conference Centre, Kampala, Uganda in the lead-up to the Commonwealth Local Governments Conference  (CLGC) .

The youth forum brought together young professionals, elected councillors and other key stakeholders working with local government across the Commonwealth to examine what local […]

1 September 2013|News for Youth, News Stories|