The World Bank is providing a space to discuss these issues and more at the upcoming Youth Summit, which will be held Oct. 7 in Washington, D.C.
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When Laila returned home from school in rural Yemen, she did not expect what her father, Nasser, had in store for her: a husband, a much older husband.
Or, have you ever wanted to become a farmer? I would not be surprised if you said no.
Did you know that today is International Youth Day? It was started by the United Nations in 1999 to bring youth issues to the attention of the international community and celebrate the potential of youth as partners in today’s global society.
Women's group. Kenya. Photo: © Curt Carnemark / World Bank
It has been nearly two decades since the Fourth Women’s Conference in Beijing in 1995. The conference was a milestone in the advancement of women’s empowerment, because it highlighted the pertinent issues women face. We have come a long way since 1995. From the implementation of gender equity policies in the workplace to coordinated action on violence against women and human trafficking, we have seen commendable progress.
“Why are young people so loud, lazy, and destructive?”
“We’re looking for a more mature candidate to handle this job.”
Now, what about this?
“Why are old people so boring, slow, and angry all the time?”
“We need young, dynamic graduates with energy to join our team.”
Percentage of youth who said they want their government to be more open. Source: Global Opening Government Survey
We live in a time unlike any other in our history.
Today, many more of us have more tools to more quickly exchange more knowledge and expertise than ever before.
From the 3-year-old who salutes Nelson Mandela in Soweto to the schoolchildren who grip portraits of the icon during a ceremony in India, it is evident that people across the globe feel the loss of Mandela’s passing.