Road to Rights Launches the #MYWorldStreetCampaign

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By Ashan Perera, Road to Rights 

The Road to Rights (R2R) is a youth-led movement initiated in 2012 in Colombo, Sri Lanka, with the intention of promoting human rights education and awareness. It has a wide-spread global network within 14 different countries in Asia and Africa, with chapters in Sri Lanka , Nepal, Bangladesh , India , Pakistan , Nigeria, and Rwanda . Road to Rights launched the MY World Campaign at the 2013 International Youth Day celebration and now is a Global Partner of the campaign. So far R2R has conducted the survey and workshop in schools, institutions, governments and at the grassroots level.

The MY World Street Campaign is a new concept and initiative from R2R to reach out to the general public and create awareness about the campaign rather than collecting votes. Eventually encourage the public to complete the survey either through online or offline methods. The online survey is conducted using iPads, tablets, mobile phones, laptops whereas the offline campaign is paper-based. The campaign is carried out entirely by a set of passionate and enthusiastic young volunteers.

The MY World Street Campaign started on the 1st of September and will be conducted till 26th of September. Within the span of almost one month, the period has been split into 4 week intervals, where each week the volunteers will specifically discuss four priorities out of the 16 stating the history, background, relative current issues etc. of each priority. In each week, the volunteers will educate the people they approach on the current situation of these issues and encourage them to share their opinions on the issues:

  • Week 01 – “Good education”, “Better job opportunities”, “Reliable energy at home”, “Phones and internet access”
  • Week 02 – “Protection against crime and violence”, “An honest and responsive government”, “Protecting forests, rivers and oceans”, and  “Better healthcare”
  • Week 03 – “Political freedoms”, “Affordable and nutritious food”, “Freedom from discrimination and persecution”, “Action taken on climate change”
  • Week 04 – “Equality between men and women”, “Better transport and roads”, “Access to clean water and sanitation”, “Support for people who can’t work”

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The importance of the MY World Street campaign is that we intend to approach those who are rarely focused on, especially in the urban communities, such as shop owners, employees, street sweepers etc. R2R volunteers are very energetic and passionate about this task, hence we have already been able create a fair amount of awareness within the urban community.

R2R volunteers will also be traveling outside of urban areas and reaching out to those who are in marginalized communities to include their voices in the process, making the street campaign more effective and productive.

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  • JOIN the Campaign! http://vote.myworld2015.org/?partner=RTR
  • VISUALIZE the results! http://data.myworld2015.org/?partner=RTR
  • PROMOTE the Campaign with the #MYWorldStreetCampaign and #RoadtoRights
  • FOLLOW R2R on Twitter, Facebook, and visit their Website: www.roadtorights.org

Venezuela promueve una agenda con paz y protección contra el crimen y la violencia

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La Asociación de Naciones Unidas de Venezuela (ANUV) en conjunto con WFUNA, a través de su proyecto Venezuela Libre de Violencia (Freedom From Violence) Paz, Seguridad y Prevención del Conflicto en la Agenda de Desarrollo Post-2015; promueve la inclusión de la Meta #16 del Open Working Group (OWG) en la Agenda:

Goal 16: Promote peaceful and inclusive societies for sustainable
development, provide access to justice for all and build effective,
accountable and inclusive institutions at all levels.*

Nuestro objetivo es crear conciencia en la sociedad civil de Venezuela y promover la mayor participación en las definiciones de la Agenda. Venezuela ha tenido muy poca asistencia a todos los procesos de discusión, por lo tanto, creemos que es necesario impulsar el debate nacional para que los venezolanos puedan expresar cuáles son sus prioridades para generar un Desarrollo Sustentable. Venezuela particularmente, presenta tasas muy altas de homicidios al año (25,000, según el Observatorio Venezolano de Violencia). De esta forma, “Protección contra el Crimen y la Violencia” se convierte en una de nuestras principales prioridades según los resultado de la encuesta MY World 2015.

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Trabajamos con cuatro grupos de Enfoque: Comunidad Académica, Medios de Comunicación, Sociedad Civil y “Políticos”. Impartimos talleres de capacitación sobre la Agenda de Desarrollo Post-2015 y la relación existente entra la seguridad humana y el desarrollo humano. Realizamos foros informativos y de discusión, y de esta forma construimos sus capacidades. Su voz debe ser escuchada y es nuestro trabajo que esa voz llegue lo más lejos posible. Venezuela por ser un país joven, entiende la importancia de incluir a la juventud en los espacios de toma de decisiones.

IMG_2250En nuestras actividades de promoción invitamos a los participantes a votar en la plataforma MY World 2015 y les pedimos que inviten a otros a sumarse a esta campaña. Debido a que ANUV forma parte de los socios de My World 2015 <http://data.myworld2015.org/?partner=ANUV>, llevamos un conteo del número de votos acumulados a nivel local. Hasta el momento, hemos acumulado más de 200 votos; debido a que utilizamos papeletas de votación, aún debemos
ingresar los votos acumulados en nuestros últimos ventos. Las papeletas nos ayudan a asegurar que más venezolanos sean parte del cambio que desean.

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Over 4 million voices heard

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Over 4 million people have had their say at the UN! Many congratulations to Mexico as the country with the most votes (nearly 800,000)!

Up to now, the survey results reveal that the top priorities for voters to improve their lives are a good education, better healthcare, an honest and responsive government and better job opportunities. This strengthens the validity of the current Millennium Development Goals and places new issues on the global agenda.

MY World has massive support among the youth. Over 70% of all voters are younger than 30 years old.

International Youth Day in the Philippines

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By the Balayan Social Action Office of the University of St. La Salle and the Sagay City Government.

International Youth Day 2014 brought together more then 150 youth leaders and activists at the University of St. La Salle for discussions on the post-2015 development agenda, the My World Survey and gender equality.

The day started with a message of inspiration by Jilt van Schayik, the Dutch Youth Delegate to the United Nations. “Leave your footprint behind, be part of the solution and act as leader of today, not for the future only” were among the messages he shared.

The forum then continued with a discussion on the post-2015 development agenda in which youth leaders from different backgrounds shared their ideas, solutions and best practices for the world of tomorrow. The main priorities and areas of concern were: education, healthcare and job opportunities. This is in line with the outcome of the MY World Survey in the Philippines were those priorities rank the top three.

Take away from International Youth Day in the Philippines: young Filipino’s want to shape their own future, and with them 1.8 billion youngsters around the world.

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JCI Sandton, South Africa Starts “School Halls” MY World Campaign

10420036_296253207222377_5158767805348391997_nJCI Sandton visited Eastbank High School, at the centre of Alexandra for the launch of the MY World Campaign ‘School Halls’. This was a different school hall because students were asked to address the issues about the development of their community and the country. The theme of the School Hall was “Active Citizenship.” For the first time, students were able to share their views in the discourse. 400 votes were collected from the school from the school.

Shine on Power FMThe ‘School Hall’ coincided with the visit of the  JCI World President Shine Bashkaran who addressed the students about being active in their communities and using initiative such as the my world to make a positive impact. He also spoke about MY World on Power FM 98.7.

 

Sh10530798_296819977165700_942414691583150164_naka Sisulu – a South African public speaker, a writer, a social-activist & an entrepreneur. who advocates for social mass movements of good –  addressed the class and students voiced their concerns about the government and lack of resources within schools in Alexandra. Students seemed most concerned about the quality of education and the availability of good employment opportunities even suggesting that the government should increase their support for undergraduate studies by providing grants and or bursaries.

 

The founder of Miss EarthSA Catherine Constantinides discussed the importance of active citizenship and highlighted a good education, the environment and food security as some of her priority items.

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JCI South Africa shared short videos from other my world advocate to expose the students to the various view points about development.  One such video was from Luvuyo Mandela:

Follow JCI Sandton on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook!

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Sri Lanka renews commitment to achieving 1 million votes

The Ministry of Youth Affairs and Skills Development in Sri Lanka takes pride to announce that Sri Lanka is currently one of the leaders in the MY World Global Survey. Hon. Minister Dullas Alahapperuma pleadged one million votes from Sri Lanka at the 68th UNGA in 2013.

Sri Lanka currently has 554595 votes. Almost 100% are youth 16-30 years old.

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Watch the video below with interviews with Hon. Minister Dullas (Minister of Youth Affairs and Skills Development), Subinay Nandy (UN Resident Coordinator, Sri Lanka), Ravi Karkara (Expert Adviser, Children and Youth), Amila Rajapaksha (Global Youth Advocate, Sri Lanka), Shehara Herath (MY World Focal Point, Sri Lanka)

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Ravi Karkara featured in 2014 Ministers Reference Book of Commonwealth

It is my privilege to share with you the 2014 Ministers Reference Book of Commonwealth which is Designed to help commonwealth member countries work ever-more closely with each other to build a peaceful and prosperous community.

2014 Ministers HandbookThe report features over 40 articles from leading commentators, including H.E.s David Cameron , Goodluck Jonathan, Executive Heads of UNCTAD, ITC, IMF, UNESCO, FAO and others.  It also has a feature on Hon. Nelson Mandela’s legacy and his impact on the Commonwealth.

I am very honored to inform that the book features my article on Youth Led Development (Page 152-155) among all these other luminaries.

To access, click on the photo.

I hope you will find this useful.

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AIESEC US launches partnership with 25000 vote commitment

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Charlotte, NC (August 7 2014)

AIESEC is the world’s largest student led organization, with the determination to achieve peace and fulfillment of humankind’s potential.  AIESEC has representation in 124 countries. AIESEC United States works for the purpose of providing a platform to students through leadership opportunities, international internships, and provides a global learning environment. It is a space that allows young entrepreneurs to interact and engage with business leaders to open the discussion on the issues today’s youth face on a regional, national, and global scale.

On the 7 August, 2014,  the national chapter of AIESEC United States hosted the Youth to Business Forum: Inspire (#Y2BInspire). The theme for the Youth to Business Forum was Youth Empowerment in Local Communities, igniting conversation about how students can not only impact the world, but have a similar impact in their own backyards.

AIESEC US members were introduced to the AIESEC – MY World 2015 partnership and their aim to help boost youth engagement in MY World 2015 and World We Want 2015, further empowering youth voices in their communities. Presently in 33 universities around the country, AIESEC US aims to involve each of these local chapters. From Washington, to Missouri, to New York, and down to Georgia, the goal is not just to collect the voices of the students at these universities, but also to do outreach in the communities that surround their campuses and get the best representation of youth in the United States.

Together, AIESEC US has pledged to collect nearly 25,000 votes in the upcoming semester, encapsulating the American voice for MY World 2015 and The World We Want 2015.

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To learn more, visit us at http://aiesecus.org/ or contact Martha Correa-Jamison, AIESEC US, marthac@aiesecus.org

Involucrando a los Ciudadanos del Sur de Perú con los ODM y pos-2015

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Post cortesía del Movimiento del Milenio

“Darnos cuenta que nuestra comunidad no estaba relacionada con los Objetivos de Desarrollo del Milenio, su impacto a nivel global y la creación de la Agenda para el Desarrollo post-2015, nos motivó a generar un cambio a través del emprendedurismo social”, cuenta Rosario Díaz Garavito, fundadora del movimiento en redes sociales The Millennials Movement.

Y es que hoy en día el equipo de voluntarios de TMM viene trabajando desde el mes de abril del año 2014, en incluir a su comunidad en uno de los procesos consultivos más inclusivos de la Organización de Naciones Unidas, dando el salto de una plataforma virtual a la vida real, en donde alrededor de 5 mil peruanos fueron capacitados e hicieron oír voz. En la región de Arequipa al sur de Perú, el equipo de voluntario de TMM realiza capacitaciones sobre la importancia del cumplimiento de los Objetivos de Desarrollo del Milenio y la creación de la nueva Agenda Para el Desarrollo a niños, jóvenes y adultos, facilitando su participación en este proceso.

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Visitando escuelas públicas y privadas, universidades, Instituciones gubernamentales y no gubernamentales y diferentes organizaciones, el equipo de voluntarios de TMM busca generar un impacto en la comunidad, mediante su participación en la encuesta My World 2015 haciendo uso de la  plataforma virtual y balotas físicas en zonas que no cuentan con computadores y /o conexión a internet, contribuyendo con el desarrollo integro de esta, enfocándose principalmente en jóvenes y niños, y generando así el dialogo entre diferentes grupos sociales que día a día se van sumando a esta iniciativa.

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A la fecha se han generado alianzas con diferentes instituciones, las mismas que colaboran con promover la encuesta, rompiendo las barreras del desconocimiento y la burocracia, es así que la Red Arequipa Voluntaria, la Municipalidad Provincial de Arequipa, la Beneficencia Pública de Arequipa y el Ministerio de Desarrollo e Inclusión Social, junto al aliado The Millennials Movement forman parte del equipo impulsor de My World 2015 en Arequipa y vienen sumando esfuerzos con otras organizaciones como el Club de Leones, la Marina de Guerra del Perú entre otros, a fin de contribuir con el desarrollo de nuestra comunidad y de todos sus miembros.

“Es necesario empoderar a nuestra comunidad para lograr un cambio significativo, un cambio que permita que muchas más personas puedan vivir en condiciones adecuadas, que aseguren su desarrollo integro y el de las próximas generaciones, es por eso que estamos comprometidos con generar un impacto positivo en nuestra comunidad”. Agregó Rosario, con la alegría de ser parte de una nueva generación de jóvenes que buscan un mundo mejor para la comunidad global.

Hasta ahora, 69% de los votantes tienen menos que 15 años de edad. 28% tienen entre 16-30 años de edad.

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Collecting votes in Pakistan during the Eid Celebration

Collecting votes in Lahore, Pakistan during Eid
Collecting votes in Lahore, Pakistan during Eid

Post written by Rizwan Anwar, Member Youth Advisory Board, Pakistan; Chairman,Youth Revolution Club; United Nations Youth Delegate; Coordinator Youth Activism- Special Olympics Pakistan; Member Policy Strategy Group United Nations World We Want 2015

Youth Revolution Clan (YRC), based in Lahore Pakistan, is a platform for young people to serve their communities. The organization works with the objective of serving the community by capacity building, by generating an environment to bring a change in attitude & behavior for the community so the existing socio condition paves way to new era, and by organizing counseling sessions for adolescents and youth as well.

YRC has committed to raising more than one million votes from Pakistan. YRC has been working hard by day and by night to achieve the target by October 2014 with Innovative and creative ideas under the Leadership of Mr. Rizwan Anwar Chairman YRC.

YRC continued to collect votes on the biggest Muslim religious festival called “Eid.” YRC distributed 5000+ Eid Greeting cards with My World Survey Ballot paper and collected more than 4000 offline votes  through this method.

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