It is time for Youth Rights to be recognized and respected as every young person should be able to live his/her youth to the fullest.
During four working days in European Youth Center in Strasbourg, representatives of AEGEE, OBESSU, TEJO, EFIL, YEU, CNJ (Portuguese NYC), VJR (Flemish NYC), UNEP, IGLYO, JEF with ELSA – legal advisory and support from the European Youth Forum and Advisory Council on Youth met in order to follow up the conference in Saint Petersburg to draft and develop a campaign for youth rights. On behalf of YEU I participated in that event. Campaign soon will be launched among member states. With the campaign we want to raise awareness of youth rights among young people and society, put the issue of youth rights in the agenda of policymakers´ table and strengthen the voice of young people and youth organizations in the Council of Europe. At the moment we are working to finalize the video and website where all the traffic from communication channels will be directed. On the website there will be a video which was produced in Strasbourg and it will explain in local language “why youth rights are special”. It will also present 13 youth rights which are employment, education, mobility, autonomy, own body, healthy life, information and freedom expression, sexual and reproductive health, volunteerism, non-discrimination, freedom of thought and religion, juvenile justice and participation with descriptions. There will also be forms which everyone will be able to sign and send as email to selected minister of foreign affairs. We believe that it is a very important topic for us and especially for YEU where young people are working together for other young people. All the rights are really precious for us and our main fields are education, volunteerism, non-discrimination and participation. Personally I hope that the campaign will be a success and I would like to encourage each one of you to take an active part in it, check the website and find what you can do for youth rights as an individual and member of your local society.
Fingers crossed for the campaign!