Following the One Young World Summit 2016 in Ottawa, Canada, OYW Ambassadors Jemima Lovatt and Uzair Patel brought together a group of ~15 passionate young individuals from private, public and third sector backgrounds to create a OYW Working Group to End Domestic Abuse. The aim of the group is to engage corporate organisations and employers in ending domestic abuse. Now the working group has launched a free, 1-day training for young professionals who are interested in learning what they can do to tackle domestic abuse.
Over the past year, sexual violence has quickly risen to the top of the global agenda as one of the most critical issues plaguing both developed and developing countries. Long have the atrocities committed in wartime gone unrecognised, with sexual violence used as a common tool of abuse typically against women and children. Yet with the upheaval of the #MeToo movement and the subsequent outpouring of international outcry, this matter now remains a fixture in world news.
My name is Dillon Ollivierre – activist, teacher, poet, and unapologetic feminist. As we celebrate yet another International Women’s Day I stand in solidarity with, and applaud the efforts of our Caribbean women who every day step up to contribute to the development of their respective countries.
As 2017 wraps up, scroll through some of our best video moments of the year.
1. North Korean defector Yeonmi Park’s OYW 2014 Dublin speech goes viral.
What is the ‘UN 16 Days of Activism’ campaign all about?
The UN 16 Days of Activism is an annual campaign that runs from the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women on 25 November to Human Rights Day on 10 December. The campaign originated with a group of activists who attended the first Women’s Global Leadership Institute in 1991.
"I think the issue of domestic abuse is absolutely critical because if you learn, as a young person, violence and abuse in the home then they become a part of your world. Everything we know about the world says that violence begets violence so violence in the home is at the heart of violence itself." - Kate Robertson, OYW Co-Founder
Peace at home. It seems like a simple mission; a home should be a safe and loving environment. But for many, domestic abuse, be it physical, emotional, sexual or financial, pervades their life.
On 30 June – 1 July, One Young World hosted its third European Caucus of 2017 at the Mobile World Centre in Barcelona, Spain. The event brought together One Young World Ambassadors and other young leaders from more than 25 countries and was a unique opportunity to connect face to face, explore opportunities for collaboration and gain insight into a range of emerging issues.
Here are the best moments from the Caucus:
One Young World. 196 countries. One hundred and ninety six countries. Allow me to repeat that one more time; 1-9-6. That’s a lot of countries. Depending on who you ask, that’s pretty much every country in the world.
A lot of countries.
1300 young people. Young leaders. Young human beings who want the world of 2026 to be better than the world of 2016. Not only “want” it to be better, but most of whom are actively fighting each and every day to ensure that becomes a reality.
Just east of the vibrant streets of downtown Vancouver, one of the most livable cities in the world, lies the Downtown Eastside, one of the most concentrated districts of poverty, illness and addiction in the world. According to a 2013 report by the City of Vancouver, this neighborhood has one of the lowest per capita incomes in any urban area in Canada. More than 53% of residents here live below the low income line and over 90% live in rented, often single occupancy residences, the last resort before homelessness.
Our Ambassador of the Week is Begonia Randhav who represents Sweden. As the Founder and CEO of Retina Randhav Film, Begonia has striven to tell impactful stories pertaining to social issues which often do not receive the attention they deserve.