Daily Archives: 1 September 2013

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

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New law in Kyrgyzstan toughens penalties for bride kidnapping

This poster of a woman who was bride-kidnapped –with tape on her mouth to symbolize her inability to speak out– was produced by the UN for the 16 Days of Activism against Gender Violence Campaign 2011, Kyrgyzstan. Photo credit: UN Gender Theme Group Kyrgyzstan/Baktybek Meimanbekov The practice of bride kidnapping is widespread in

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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

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Men in the kitchen: cooking up change in Mozambique

Augusto Magaia recounts how the cooking programme has changed his perspective on gender roles. (Photo courtesy of HOPEM) “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

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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

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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

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West Asia: What Youth are Doing for the Environment

Bring the rubbish get the gift, Iraq Students were not aware of throwing rubbish into the bins. Unfortunately they had the behaviour of dumping the waste out of, especially around, the rubbish bins. We think that being gained a good habit to our children is not easy because of that, in this project one of

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Youth Organizations Form a Pact for Social Transformation in the AIDS Response

AIDS activism has radically changed since the beginning of the epidemic. Young activists in countries around the world are increasingly demanding HIV services to be tailored to their needs and claiming their seat at the decision-making table. In order to reach these young activists, UNAIDS organized the meeting “Youth and UNAIDS: A pact for social

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