Category Archives: Global Youth Activism

15 women leading action against climate change


By TIME Staff

September 12, 2019

From sinking islands to drought-ridden savannas, women bear an outsize burden of the global—warming crisis, largely because of gender inequalities. In many parts of the world, women hold traditional roles as the primary caregivers in families and communities, and, as the main providers of food and fuel, are more vulnerable when flooding and drought occur; the U.N. estimates 80% of those who have been displaced by climate change are women.

Given their position on the front line of the climate-change battle, women are uniquely situated to be agents of change—to help find ways to mitigate the causes of global warming and to adapt to its impacts on the ground. This reality was recognized by the Paris Agreement, which specifically included the global need to further empower women in climate decision-making. Today, across the world, from boardrooms and policy positions to local communities, from science to activism, women everywhere are using their voices to take leadership and call for action on climate change.

We’ve chosen 15 such women to highlight, in profiles spread throughout the rest of this issue of TIME.

Anti-sexual harassment movement in Egypt

Arab Women, Red Lines: The Anti-Sexual Harassment Movement in Egypt

Sophia Sepúlveda


Since the Egyptian revolution of 2011, national and international reports noting the prevalence of sexual street harassment in Egypt have proliferated, establishing sexual harassment as one of Egypt’s greatest societal ills. Although sexual harassment is a global phenomenon, its existence in Egypt is particularly notable due to the high percentage of Egyptian women who have experienced some form of this type of violence in their lifetime. In this thesis, I trace the development of the phenomenon in Egypt, and emphasize the importance of formulating a national response appropriate to the Egyptian context, rather than implanting the international human rights regime’s formula and approach to the issue. I argue that this contextual response exists in the form of an Anti-Sexual Harassment (A-SH) movement, composed of Egyptian civil society groups and latent networks of female victims and their allies. This thesis examines prominent social movement theories for their capacity to explain the rise of this movement, and critiques them for their dependence on Western social movements as models of analysis, and subsequent assumptions of non-authoritarian state contexts. I conclude that the contextual and local focus of the A-SH movement has allowed it to achieve societal impact and to shift public understanding of sexual harassment. In identifying the impending opportunities and challenges presented by Egypt’s authoritarian regime and increasing foreign involvement, I emphasize the need for the movement to remain autonomous and contextual in focus.

Hong Kong Democracy Activists have a new anthem “Raise the Umbrella”

Lo Hiu Pan, who composed “Raise the Umbrella,” said on Thursday that while his song benefited from the work with celebrity singers, a new song did not have to be a poppy ballad fit for the mainstream to become popular in Hong Kong. Just speaking to the political experience of the moment is enough to catch fire and connect people, he said, adding that he thought “Glory to Hong Kong” was “powerful.”

“Sometimes a photo, comic or a song can spread out the message even more usefully than a long article,” he said.

Climate Strike 9-20 Needs Strike Captains

From the Sunrise Movement: Help make this the biggest youth-led global demonstration in history, so that all the 2020 candidates know our movement is a force they can’t ignore. Join me in becoming a strike captain today.Help make Sept. 20 the biggest youth-led global demonstration in history, so that all the 2020 candidates know our movement is a force they can’t ignore. Become a strike captain today.

Mexico’s Feminist Glitter Protests Against Violence

excerpt: in a country where ninewomen are murdered every day, where over 80% of women don’t feel safe, where 56% of the nation is under a Gender Alert, and where girls make up about 40% of sex crime victims, it seems that rioting might be the only way to get anyone to listen.

So here it is: this is why we marched, why we broke glasses and sprayed monuments. Because revolutions can be peaceful, but when they keep killing us and raping us – sometimes all that is left is anger and pain.

Join Mexican women’s fight against gender-based violence and use the hashtags #NoNosCuidanNosViolan and #FuimosTodas to learn more.

This post was co-authored by Mariana Lizarraga and Bita Aranda.

Mexico’s Glitter Protests are a Movement Against Violence

March for our Lives Peace Plan

On average, 21 kids and teens are shot everyday in the United States. Generation Lockdown has been taught from an early age to run, hide, fight. I’m hopeful because of the Peace Plan, our bold and comprehensive plan to end gun violence. And all the student activists from around the country who came together for our first annual summit and are organizing their communities. Not to mention the fact that after people around the country spoke out, Walmart stopped selling handguns and ammunition for military-style weapons, leading dozens of other companies to take action as well.

Ariel Hobbs
Board Member, March For Our Lives

Apply for Young Peacebuilders programme, focusing on the Middle East and North Africa region

United Nations Alliance of Civilizations (UNAOC) has launched the Call for Applications for the 4th edition of its Young Peacebuilders programme, focusing on the Middle East and North Africa region, aiming to tackle violent extremism by building inclusive societies with understanding and respect among cultural and religious communities
  • Are you between 18 and 25 years old? (Born on or between August 5, 1994 and August 5, 2001)
  • Are you a citizen of a MENA country (Algeria, Bahrain, Djibouti, Egypt, Iran (Islamic Republic of), Israel, Iraq, Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Libya, Morocco, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, State of Palestine, Syrian Arab Republic, Tunisia, United Arab Emirates, Yemen) AND do you currently live in this region?
  • Are you interested in taking part in an intercultural learning experience with other young people from MENA and improve your actions to promote peace?
  • Are you part of a youth-led organization, network or initiative?
  • Do you want to increase your ability to contribute to peace and social inclusion in your community, country and region?
  • Are you in the beginning stages of your involvement in this type of work and want to learn more?

If yes, apply now for a chance to be selected for a fully funded participation. Deadline is 30 September 2019 11:59 PM Eastern Daylight Time (New York).