All Hail the Next Generation

Did you know that today is International Youth Day? Neither did I until yesterday, but the day is fast approaching when the young women and men of Generation Y will move into positions of responsibility and start to put their imprint on the world.

So, in recognition that this day is coming soon, why not listen to the voices of the next generation of world leaders now to see what they have to say? Here are some places to start:

  • Young Women Speaking the Economy: An online exhibit from the International Museum of Women, created by 44 young women who ask the question, “What’s on your mind at this time of global economic crisis?” The answers are compelling.
  • European Youth Week was held in May, with the, um, engaging theme of “Structured Dialogue.” There’s some interesting information and resources on the website, though, including a recognition of the serious issue of youth unemployment (which most certainly was a contributing factor to recent riots in the UK).
  • Conversations for a Better World, a web-based facilitated dialogue for youth from around the world on issues of importance for the future, with monthly conversations on different topics. And, of course, they can be found on Twitter and Facebook as well.
  • Young Women First, an initiative in Africa for girls’ empowerment, especially with respect to personal health, safety and sexual and reproductive health rights. Check out their new newsletter HERE.
  • The Next Generation: Voices of 15 Year-old Girls, a radio series from the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) highlighting the tipping-point stage that age can be for girls. While still children, many have come into sexual maturity and are forced into marriage, prostitution or are trafficked to other countries for those purposes as well. See also the website AND the compelling “Girl Effect” video, which speaks to many of these same issues.

Finally, for more generational musings, check out this previous Womenabler blogpost, “Talkin’ ‘Bout My Generation.” While we Boomers aren’t quite yet ready to f-f-fade away, we do have to start talkin’ ’bout the next generation!

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