Keya Khandaker

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Hello! I’m 23 years old and I’m studying for my Masters in Gender and Development at the Institute of Development Studies. I began my youth advocacy journey when I was 15 years old as a member of Plan UK’s Youth Advisory Panel where I acted as an advisor and ambassador for Plan’s programmes. As an Accountability Advocate, I have spoken at the House of Lords for the All Party Parliamentary Group on the SDGs to call for the inclusion of young people in the UK’s SDG agenda. I have also acted on a Youth Panel for Denmark’s Foreign Ministry to review their ‘Our World 2030’ youth engagement strategy, where I was able to consult on how more young people could be meaningfully engaged in their development programmes. 

Follow me on Twitter at @KeyaKhandaker

 

Raf Galdeano

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I’m a 20 year old 2nd year International Relations BA at Nottingham Trent University who began their youth advocacy journey at 19. I was first introduced to the SDGs through my time at the world guiding centre Sangam when I was volunteering with a local women’s empowerment charity in India. From there I fell into Accountability Advocates with Restless Development, and through my role as an Advocate have been able to travel to Washington D.C. for a World Bank Youth in Sustainable Development Summit, spoken on panels including one hosted by the UN Regional Information Centre and Aviva on meaningful youth-led accountability and have met many incredible young people and youth-led organisations such as Integrate UK and Youth for Change. I am also a part of the Parliamentors programme, which seeks to help young leaders create social action projects in their local area. My particular passions include ending all forms of VAWG, ensuring LGBTQ* young people get the SRE they deserve and empowering other young people to create positive, sustainable change in our world.

Follow me on Twitter at @rafgaldeano96

 

Nazzy Amin

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I am 24 years old and from a small town up north called Halifax. I currently work for a Sexual Abuse Organisation and am involved in local Women’s Empowerment projects. I take great interest in the issue of Gender Inequality so am passionate about making sure Goal 5 of the Sustainable Development Goals -more specifically violence against women, is implemented in the UK. Having worked for organisations tackling domestic and sexual abuse has definitely made me realise how far the UK has to go in eliminating such violence. I started my journey into the International Development sector after having volunteered on the International Citizen Service (ICS) programme in Nepal for 3 months and then become a Development Advocate for the organisation ( Restless Development), lobbying and campaigning on my chosen issue of violence against women. Through my role as an Accountability Advocate, I have had the chance to represent our work at the High-Level Political Forum (HLPF) at the United Nations in New York. During the forum, I was able to pitch the importance of youth-led accountability; highlight the need for youth involvement and talk organisations through the Accountability Toolkit.

Follow me on Twitter at @NazzyAmin

 

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There are 17 other Accountability Advocates from seven countries across Africa, who we met at a five-day Accountability Advocate training in Ghana in summer 2015. Together, we were trained by Restless Development to monitor the implementation of the #GlobalGoals in our respective countries, and to make sure leaders are keeping their promises.