Nagham Nassar, Programme Associate in Communications, World Young Women's Christian Association ( YWCA ) during International day of Solidarity with the Palestinian People. 29 November 2012. Photo by Jean-Marc Ferré

Nagham Nassar, Programme Associate in Communications, World Young Women’s Christian Association ( YWCA ) during International day of Solidarity with the Palestinian People. 29 November 2012. Photo by Jean-Marc Ferré

Each year on 12 August International Youth Day is celebrated globally. This year the theme is “Youth Civic Engagement”.  12 August was first designated International Youth Day by the UN General Assembly in 1999, and serves as an annual celebration of the role of young women and men as essential partners in change, and an opportunity to raise awareness of challenges and problems facing the world’s youth.

The engagement and participation of young people, especially young women is essential to achieve sustainable human development. Yet often the opportunities for youth to engage politically, economically and socially are low or non-existent. The world stands at a critical juncture as the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) that have dominated the global development agenda for the past 15 years expire this year 2015 and the global community sets out the agenda for the new Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

International Youth Day recognises young people as leaders and change agents in their local communities and national frameworks. As the World YWCA and YWCA movement we wish to celebrate the contribution girls and young women make to their communities, countries and the world. International Youth Day is an opportunity to raise awareness about the importance of civic engagement of girls and young women. More efforts are needed to raise awareness about the importance of youth civic engagement and its benefits to the individual and to society, including for sustainable development as well as resilience and well-being.

12 August, 2015 is an opportunity to share the stories of the work of young women and girls from across the YWCA movement and to truly celebrate our diversity, meaningful impact to create change and demonstrate youth leadership. Join us on social media using the hashtags #YouthDay #HerFuture

Young women and girls should contribute in the building and designing of their future!

What we want:

  • Tweets about the positive impact of youth participating in youth civic engagement activities.
  • Photos of young women and girls portraying how they engage in and promote  civic engagement activities for change.
    Please read more about World YWCA’S Photo contest here.
  • Spread the word about International Youth Day – share our article, your photos via FB, Twitter and Instagram using the hashtags  #YouthDay