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International Youth Day 2019


How youthful dreams become reality' kicks off during International Youth Day, 12th August 2019. This marks the start of the multi-year campaign. The campaign aims to support the national influencing work of the Empower Youth for Work countries by joining forces with local role models. The campaign showcases their stories; how they overcame challenges, what difference this has made in their lives, how they are influencing others. It is intended that through these stories, others will be encouraged to make changes too.

Why these stories

There are more young people today than ever before in the history of the world; 1.8 billion people between the ages of 10 and 24 worldwide, and 90% of them live in low-income countries. Harnessing the energy and strength of young women and men to become active citizens is core to Oxfam's goal of transformational change.

With their energy, skills and creativity, young people have the potential to be the driving force for social change, strong economies and vibrant democracies.

Oxfam is working jointly with youth to challenge barriers that prevent them from

  1. Enjoying their rights
  2. Participating fully in society
  3. Being an effective voice in decision-making processes

IYD in Bangladesh

Events in Bangladesh will facilitate dialogue between different stakeholders, including youth, employers, representatives from different type of informal association, worker’s federation drop out youth and representative from local Government. Together they intend to address problems, challenges and expectations and solutions to create a decent work environment for youth. A theatre performance drama production for the wide community will address the unpaid care and decent work issue.

IYD in Ethiopia

In Ethiopia street art will create awareness on the issues of unpaid care, domestic work and gender based violence. During the IYD event, ssuccessful young entrepreneurs will showcase their achievements. There will also be panel discussions among role models, youth and Sport offices, Micro Finance Institutions and key note speeches by high ranking regional officials.

IYD in Pakistan

In Pakistan, a partnership with academia in major universities of three major cities through Open Forum Discussions together with youth, employers and labor organizations, worker’s federation etc. to highlight the importance of Decent work opportunities. The event will begin with sharing the research done by the Youth from the university on the gender gap in the formal sector and lack of women’s participation. Lastly a theatre performance/ puppet show on the rights of women in domestic work and its challenges during each seminar to highlight the depth of the issue under confab.

IYD in Indonesia

In Indonesia the celebrations are being led and organized by a youth organization and will give all out spaces for young people to speak out and perform. The event will consist of an exhibition, 30 youth community gathering across South Sulawesi, panel discussion on life skills and stereotype of young workers, and also art performance! Role models, influencers, government, and private sectors will join to dialogue and build engagement among the youth in urban and rural area with the emergent issues around employment opportunities for youth.