All posts tagged with: #YouthForChange

Voices of Youth Inspire! "Use Music for A Good Cause"

Posted December 16, 2014 Avatar Rahel Kristi Ardiana

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“Music gives a soul to the universe, wings to the mind, flight to the imagination and life to everything.” –Plato Youth and music is two inseparable things. We can find music basically everywhere in our daily life and we can see that very often music is used as a tool to engineer change in our community. And throughout history, music has been a vehicle for enacting change in the world. “If we can make music for a good cause and shine a light to people around us, why not...

Teens and HIV/AIDS

Posted December 14, 2014 Avatar MariaJoseCelis

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The HIV and AIDS awareness day was a while ago (December 1st) .A few weeks ago I watched a video from one of my role models Troye Sivan. In this video he talked about HIV and AIDS, and the importance of being informed about it. He said that some days ago he had watched a movie called The Normal Heart, it was about HIV and AIDS. He gave a brief description of the events in the movie that lead him to come to the sudden realization that him, a 19 year old gay man, who has had a ‘’...

Our Children

Posted December 13, 2014 no picture Ashley Van Heerden

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Corrugated iron shelters poverty. Cold smoke escapes cold bodies. Warmth is a luxury. Safety is a wish on an eyelash. Humanity decays in overpopulation. It’s the forgotten corner of our beautiful mother city, Cape Town. Khayelitsha, a corner society swept under the rug; a rug that we walk over every day, a rug that we never wash, that lies as a result of our political policies. Children are parents. Children are gangsters. Children are killed. I’m a student who ha...

Stop early marriages!

Posted November 18, 2014 Avatar Pona Bana

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The youth summit held in Kinshasa on October 29, 2014, was a day filled with learning about early marriages and the disadvantages that they cause in young peoples’ lives, as well as a discovery of the many talents of children. The summit brought together 80 children from different organizational structures: child reporters, students from the National Art Institute and Academy of Fine Arts, and children supervised by the NGO War Child; all accompanied by their supervisors....

This Should Be the Norm

Posted November 11, 2014 no picture Essi

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Imagine: you're sitting in first period when you realize that you really have to pee. Your teacher lets you out with a stern glance and a sharp "be back in five minutes." You walk down the hallway to the bathrooms and are faced with a dilemma: the signs depict a male bathroom and a female bathroom, but you know that you are neither truly male nor female, you are more of a mystical creature, undefined by the strict laws of gender put in place by society. Choosing randomly, you rush...

My name is Habon, I am a 17 year old youth advocate. I have been campaigning in Bristol about Female Genital Mutilation for three years as part of a youth group called Empowering. Empowering have been very active in the campaign against FGM by hosting our own conference and performing our own poetry. It’s your wedding day. They said it would be one of the happiest days of your life. At your friend’s wedding the bride and the groom had shed tears of joy. You thought that would...

We had the pleasure of talking to Leyla Hussain, the co-founder of the charity Daughters of Eve. Daughters of Eve works to protect young girls and women who are at risk of female genital mutilation (FGM). She is also the Chief Executive of Hawa's Haven, a collective of Somali women campaigners and activists who raise awareness about gender-based violence in the UK and the horn of Africa. Here at #YouthForChange, we were really interested in hearing what she had to say about young...

Hello, my name is Cherifa and I am a young Muslim from the western part of Cameroon. I am a youth volunteer with the Cameroon National Association for Family Welfare (CAMNAFAW). I will be representing CAMNAFAW when I come to London to be part of the #YouthForChange panel. Young people represent about 43% of the population in Cameroon. They are the main force on growth and development but unfortunately their voices are not heard and they are not prioritized as it should be. They...

Not ready to say “I do” in India

Posted July 11, 2014 Avatar #YouthForChange

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Hi, Im Vedika, I’m 19 and I am representing The Family Planning Association of India (FPAI) on the @YouthForChange panel. The issue of youth sexuality and child marriage is a huge challenge facing our country. I noticed that there is still much hesitation amongst the youth during discussion on young people’s sexual rights or youth sexuality with teachers or other elders including parents. Youth are the backbone of a nation. They can change the future of society with their...

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