Youth Rights Advocacy
What are Youth Rights?
Why do Youth need Rights?
Young people struggle with multiple forms of deprivation and oppression from society. Their age, packed with great potential and vigor, can also make them greatly vulnerable.
With families stressing on young people’s obligations, colleges focusing on academic grades, and the state perceiving youth as beneficiaries of “youth services”, we need to raise the notion of young people being entitled to rights.
Youth can be a powerful force for change with the potential to make transformative, systemic and sustainable changes. Giving direction and purpose to the enthusiasm of youth can help the country in the tremendous task of nation building.
Advocating for Youth Rights
Youth Rights Campaign & Festival in Karnataka, 2019
The Youth Rights Campaign was an incredible milestone in our journey. Initially a youth led campaign, we realised that the movement required additional support and lobbying, in order to achieve its goals.
The festival marked an integral point in our journey towards youth rights advocacy as it was during this festival that Mr. Rahim Khan, the Hon’ble Minister of Youth Empowerment and Sports, Government of Karnataka formally accepted the Memorandum requesting for a Youth Commission.
Over the years, we have focused on building first a local, and then a larger national conversation about youth rights.
Collective reflections on youth-hood and sharing of experiences can lead to a sharpening of our approaches. If enough of us come together, our voices will be heard.