… the 2013 Young Voices Global Meeting has drawn to a close. You can find out about in the highlights from the meeting in this video – and visit our Tumblr site to get up to speed on everything that happened during an inspiring three days.
Young Voices campaigner Josephine Namiriru has just been in London to work shadow Lynne Featherstone, the Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for International Development. Watch this video to hear about her trip and her message to other Young Voices campaigners around the world.
Today the first ever High Level Meeting on Disability and Development will take place at the UN in New York. UN member states will come together with civil society to discuss how people with disabilities can be included in development efforts.
In this video, Wanja Maina, Young Voices campaigner from Nairobi, Kenya explains the significance of this meeting.
A Young Voices campaigner from the Philippines took part in the production of a video to promote the rights of people with disabilities, developed by the International Foundation for Electoral Systems in the Philippines and the Commission of Elections. The video focused on the right of disabled people to participate in elections, and making elections more accessible.
Markson talks to Sam from the Send My Friend to School Campaign
Along with five other Young Voices campaigners from around the world, Markson was at the UN in New York in July to celebrate the 16th birthday of Malala Yousafzai and call on world leaders to take action to make sure all children can go to school. Here’s what he remembers most from the experience:
Malala Day was eye-opening for me. After hearing Malala speak about what she is trying achieve it made me see that in life we need to work extra hard if we are to see the change we want. After all the pain she had undergone Malala was able to show us not only the importance of education for all but also the power to forgive.
I was grateful for the chance to meet Young Voices members from other countries and learn about what they have achieved. This showed me that there is much is still to be done if we are to make the changes and achieve a better world for all.
I also enjoyed meeting members of other organisations like Sam and Abigail from the Send My Friend To School campaign. We exchanged experiences and discussed ways in which we can work together at both national and international levels in the future.
As Malala said, thought the bullet was going to shut her up, they never expected that it release so many voices. We still need to keep fighting to make #EducationForAll and #LeaveNoOneBehind. It is the dream of every Young Voices member and the world at large.