A group of 40 young individuals from Serbia and Albania have come up with a set of recommendations, combined into a document called Voice of Youth, shaped within three days of intensive work during the Human Rights Youth Forum held in August in Tirana, Albania. The recommendations represent youth ideas for improvement of regional youth co-operation, with a focus on human rights education and empowerment of local communities and institutions and will be addressing national, regional and international stakeholders.
“In order to create an environment of equality and solidarity, youth empowerment is essential – especially with regards to topics of their direct concern, such as human rights and civic education. Young people’s voice must be taken into account for the benefit of our societies as a whole”, project coordinator Mila Lukic underlines.
Voice of Youth covers topics such as: enhancement of human rights education within school systems, enabling inter-religious dialogue and advocacy of freedom of speech. Another highlighted matter is the women empowerment through media campaigns and awareness-raising. As immensely important, participants stressed out the need to continue strengthening the Serbia-Albania youth cooperation and the peace-building process throughout the region.
Access the Voice of Youth recommendations HERE.
The project Human Rights Youth Forum is implemented by CSOs World Youth Wave (Serbia), Union of Secondary Students of Serbia (Serbia), Helsinki Committee for Human Rights (Serbia), European Youth Association (Albania) and Mjaft! Movement (Albania) within the platform Humans of Albania and Serbia (www.youthumans.net), supported by the OSCE Mission to Serbia in partnership with the OSCE Presence in Albania, Serbian Ministry of Youth and Sports, Albanian Ministry of Education, Youth and Sports, Albanian National Youth Service and National Youth Council of Serbia, in the framework of the project “Enhancing regional connectivity among Serbia and Albania youth actors”. Project is financially supported by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Federal Republic of Germany and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Netherlands.