Our YWCA delegation from Haiti, Honduras, India, Nepal, Mozambique, Myanmar, South Sudan and Tanzania made their voices heard at the UN, where the first Forum on “Human Rights, Democracy and the Rule of Law” took place on 21-22 November.

The delegation consisted of 12 young women from different Member Associations. Before the meeting, they participated in a training at the YWCA World Office to learn how advocate at the UN and spread their ideas on social media.  The World YWCA also co-hosted a side event with Amnesty International called “Widening the Space by Young Human Rights Defenders”.

During the second day, Rita Muyambo, Head of Programmes at the World YWCA, spoke on the high-level panel on “Moving the global youth agenda forward: the role of youth in shaping the agenda of the United Nations and regional organizations”.

Change is the air and we hope the wind will blow harder for real effective change for youth. Rita Muyambo

The discussions were mainly focused on mechanisms and initiatives at the international and regional levels, that contribute to moving the global youth human rights agenda forward. The panel also included:

  • Max Trejo Cervantes, Secretary-General of International Youth Organization for Ibero-America
  • Alexander Kauschanski, Youth Delegate Programme Multiplier of the World Federation of UN Associations
  • and Ahmad Alhendawi, UN Secretary-General’s Envoy on Youth as moderator

The audience consisted mainly of young people, NGOs and member states. Throughout the open dialogue, speakers highlighted the importance of ensuring the participation of young people in the work of the United Nations and regional human rights mechanisms and ways to ensure that issues relevant to youth are considered by the said mechanisms.

Read our recommendations and more background on the Forum here.