Young Voices in New York for the Conference of States Parties to the UNCRPD

Six of our Young Voices campaigners are in New York this week to attend the 7th Conference of States Parties to the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (UNCRPD). Their attendance is being sponsored by UNICEF. The Young Voices campaigners attending are Ashura Michael from Kenya, Mohammed Yaaseen Edoo from Mauritius, Kartik Sawhney from India, Mark Operiano from the Philippines, Tongai Dana from Zimbabwe and Ivory Duncan from Guyana. Ashura will be speaking at a panel session on young people with disabilities alongside Leonard Cheshire Disability chief executive Clare Pelham.

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Young Voices campaigners at the World Conference on Youth

WCY logo - a grey circle with 7 different coloured triangular-like shapes coming off it7 Young Voices campaigners are participating in the 2014 World Conference on Youth which takes place this week in Colombo, Sri Lanka. 1500 delegates are coming together to discuss mainstreaming young people in the post-2015 development agenda.

The conference aims to produce a unique joint outcome document between states and young people called the “Colombo Action Plan”. The Young Voices campaigners will be doing all they can to make sure that young people with disabilities are recognised in the action plan.

The Young Voices campaigners attending are: Ashura and Lawrence from Kenya, Turkson and Courage from Zimbabwe, David from Zambia, and Janitha and Umesh from Sri Lanka.

Markson from Zambia: Looking back on Malala Day

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.

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