YALI Voices: The African Union Youth Volunteer Corps – Harnessing Africa’s Demographic Potential

Contributed by Daniel Adugna, AU-YVC Program Manager, 2017 Mandela Washington Fellow, Ethiopia The African Union Youth Volunteer Corps (AU-YVC) is a flagship program of the African Union that recruits, trains and deploys young African professionals from across the continent and the diaspora, to serve in all 55 member states of...

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The U.N. Security Council has given youth a tool for empowerment

With the December 2015 passage of U.N. Security Council Resolution 2250 on the role of youth and peacebuilding, the international community sent a powerful message to young people around the world: “Your voice really matters a huge amount and your agenda has huge weight,” according to Michael Shipler, a regional...

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#YALIStands4All participants are showing their support for rights

On Human Rights Day (December 10), YALI asked Network members to tell us their stories of when they stood up to bias based on nationality, gender, ethnicity, sexuality, color, physical ability, race, religion, language, and/or economic status. The results so far have been both overwhelming and inspiring! We would like...

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Man Up to Stop Violence Against Women: Uganda

“Violence against women and girls is one of the most widespread violations of human rights. It can include physical, sexual, psychological and economic abuse and cuts across boundaries of age, race, culture, wealth and geography.” — Man Up Campaign While a student at Makerere University in Kampala, James Byarugaba began...

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From Factory Worker to Girls’ Education Champion

“Today we transform communities. Tomorrow we create the next generation of female leaders.” — Kennedy Odede, founder of Shining Hope for Communities With just 20 cents in savings, a soccer ball and no formal education, factory worker Kennedy Odede started the education nonprofit Shining Hope for Communities (SHOFCO) in the...

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