There are 1.2 billion people between the ages of 10 and 19 in the world today–the largest generation of adolescents ever. Around the world, strong and dynamic youth movements are gaining momentum—and so is the global agenda for human rights and social justice. From Nigeria to Peru, young people are securing access to comprehensive sexuality education and reproductive health care, and engaging with policymakers locally, nationally, and internationally.
At the International Women’s Health Coalition, we are inspired by the activism of young people and their visions for the future of sexual rights and reproductive health.
That’s why we’re excited to announce our Young Visionaries contest, which encourages youth to share their visions for young people and the future. Until March 25, 2010 youth between the ages of 18 and 30 can share their visions for a just and healthy life, and get a chance to win a $1000 grant from the International Women’s Health Coalition to fund a project that works toward this vision.
Do you share IWHC’s vision for promoting and protecting the health and rights of women and young people worldwide? Are you actively engaged in shaping a world where women and young people are free from discrimination, sexual coercion, and violence; where they make free and informed choices about sexuality and reproduction; or where health information and services are available to help them lead safer and healthier lives? Do you have an idea for a project that works toward your vision of change?
Youth can nominate themselves today by answering four short questions about their visions. Then, they can spread the word and encourage people to vote. Five nominees will become finalists by popular vote and IWHC staff will select five more nominees after nominations close on March 25, 2010. Our guest judges will then select our Grand Prize winner, who will be announced in early April. The contest is open to young people between the ages of 18 and 30 (inclusive) from all over the world. Read full contest rules here.
If you aren’t eligible for the contest, check out the nominees and vote for the youth activists who inspire you.