Voices of Youth and U-Report came together to create this #2022Wrapped
This year young people around the world raised their voices on the issues that matter to their generations, and not only that: they have taken action online, at demonstrations, and even at the United Nations.
Voices of Youth and U-Report have shone a spotlight on the opinions and views of young people from around the world through polls, blogs, illustrations, videos, and poems. Here are some of the most common issues young people have talked about in 2022.
6 out of 10 girls and young women say their government has never consulted them on policies related to the environment. Learn more.
“We need to be included in decision making and we must have more opportunities to speak up in our communities, schools, and families, because our voices always need to be heard.” – Ema, 18, Albania
8 out of 10 U-Reporters believe relationships are critical to feeling supported, cared for, and understood. Learn more.
“There must be someone on this planet that you can trust your feelings and your emotions, try to confide in them.” – Ree-Ana, 19, Jamaica
Globally, 2 in 5 young people said the impacts of climate change have made them reconsider their desire to start a family. Learn more.
“Urgent climate action is the need of the hour. We need to act now before it's too late.” – Fatima, 16, Pakistan
9 out of 10 U-Reporters believe that governments should provide more support, so all children learn basic reading and maths in primary school. Learn more.
"We must all work together as a society to rebuild and blaze a new trail for education.” – Matthew, 17, USA
Discrimination and inclusion
Almost half of U-Reporters feel discrimination has impacted their lives or that of someone they know. Learn more.
“I aspire to live in a world with inclusion, where children, regardless of their different abilities, are involved in decisions about their present and future lives.” – Cathrine, 17, Botswana
4 out of 10 adolescent girls and young women on the move reported that lack of career coaching and direction was a significant barrier. Learn more.
"We won’t go far if we don’t invest in women and girls on the move and if we don’t start seeing them as agents of change.” – Yasmina, Morocco
Wars and conflicts
7 out of 10 U-Reporters feel affected by current wars and conflicts. Learn more.
"In times of war, it is everyone’s duty to help those in need.” – Ivan, 23, Ukraine
COVID-19 and Vaccines
Half of U-Reporters would trust information and news about COVID-19 vaccines if it came from scientists, doctors, and health experts. Learn more.
"Fighting misinformation has been one of the most effective ways of overcoming the pandemic, especially where there are myths around it.” – Fathia, 21, Nigeria
That’s a wrap for a year in which young people raised their voices for the issues they care about.
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