Today, millions of young people in MENA are directly affected by conflicts and live in extremely precarious conditions. Economic exclusion – the unemployment rate among youth in the region remains the highest in the world – is closely linked to exclusion from decision-making processes, with the voice of youth largely ignored.
Their absence from decision-making and civil society can lead to a reduced sense of community, marginalization and increased risk of radicalization.
Media images of the region also obscure the daily struggles of countless young women and men to build more equal societies.
Youth is a force that strongly influences the reality of the region and cannot be ignored.
What we do
In close collaboration with our partners, we use human rights education to identify current challenges and create positive social change. We:
- equip youth with the knowledge and skills to engage with decision-makers, civil society organizations and members of their community on human rights issues, such as gender equality and inclusion, and implement human rights initiatives in the region;
- leverage technology to address human rights issues, network and participate effectively in community life;
- build the capacity of human rights organizations to advance the respect for human rights, strengthen citizen engagement while reducing conflict;
- disseminate new tools and good practices on a regional and national level through trainings and forums;
- create an understanding of human rights values among children through our innovative Play it Fair! Education toolkit (in Arabic)