Thought leadership

The young peacebuilder who forgave those who slaughtered his family

OYW Ambassador Hyppolite shares the harrowing story of his survival and talks about his initiative to foster peacebuilding in Rwanda.

OYW quotes to live by

From Emma Watson and Arianna Huffington to President Santos and Roger Federer, read what wise words OYW Counsellors have shared with us since 2010. 

ANC’s New Leadership: Out with the Old, In with the New… But wait?

The Malaysian Ambassador building schools for refugee children

Bosnian OYW Ambassador wins Council of Europe Museum Prize

One of the top awards in the museum industry has been awarded to the War Childhood Museum as part of the European Museum of the Year Awards.

Speak up! It’s a Human Right!

To mark Human Rights Day, OYW Ambassador Yvet reflects on the status of one of the basic human rights around the world: the freedom of opinion and expression.

Meet the Ambassadors championing human rights around the world

Discover some of the young leaders working towards equal, just and free societies in their countries.  

Tackling climate change: 4 takeaways from COP23

OYW Ambassadors who were in Bonn last month share their top takeaways from the climate negotiations. 

After growing up without electricity, Abdishakur is lighting up his country

OYW Ambassador Abdishakur Ahmed shares how he's contributing to energy access in rural Somaliland.

Relationships: The Bridge between Principles & Practicalities

After attending OYW 2017 Bogotá​, Conor Houston reflects on the 20th anniversary of the Good Friday Agreement which brought The Troubles to an end.