This page showcases our journey as Accountability Advocates since launching our ‘National Accountability Framework’ in summer 2016. Take a look at some of the cool things we have done since, to spread the word about youth-led accountability.
Keya and Nazzy – Vodafone Foundation #ConnectedEducation Report Launch (14th June)
Keya and Nazzy were invited to attend the launch of the Vodafone Foundation’s Girls’ Education report on Wednesday 14th June. The event focused on their #ConnectedEducation programmes around the world, using technology to both improve accessibility and quality of education. Most notably, the panel discussion, chaired by the BBC’s Mishal Husain, included Phumzile Mlambo, head of UN Women, and Ziauddin Yousafzai, Malala Yousafzai’s father.
Keya – Wilton Park Youth Dialogue (7th – 9th June)
From the 7th – 9th June, Keya attended a ‘Youth Dialogue’ event hosted by Wilton Park, a branch of the Foreign Office, to represent the Accountability Advocates. This was part of a series of events that will focus on young people, creating a positive and action-oriented debate that focuses on youth ambitions and opportunities in relation to employment, education, security and peace. The series is being held in partnership with the UK Department for International Development (DFID), the British Council, the WANA Institute and in association with Restless Development and the Institute of Development Studies.
The event was attended by a network of young people and policy makers from Europe, the MENA region and Sub-Saharan Africa. Keya was lucky to be reunited with other Accountability Advocates at the event: Luchembe, from Zambia, and Ritah, from Uganda.
Keya spoke on a panel on how we can rethink the ‘social contract’ between young citizens and their governments, and that young people need to be educated in such a way to actualise a culture in which young people know and claim their citizenship rights; a responsibility that should belong to civil society as well as governments.
Keya and Raf – All Party Parliamentary Group on A Better Brexit for Young People (28th March)
Prior to the triggering of Article 50, Raf and Keya were invited to attend an event chaired by Stephen Kinnock MP and Anna Soubry MP, focusing on young people’s demands from the anticipated negotiation process. There were representatives of youth organisations who will inform the APPG about their activities and thoughts on the negotiations. It was refreshing to see that so many of the attendees were young people who were keen to be apart of the political process and to hold the government account to their promises of a Brexit which could benefit young people.
Nazzy – WOW Festival (11th March 2017)
The Women of The World (WOW) Festival celebrates the achievements of women and girls, addresses gender inequality around the world, and aims to inspire a new generation of young female leaders. Nazzy got to meet with a couple of organisations at the festival’s Marketplace e.g The Parliament Project.
Nazzy – Feminist Forum, Brussels (7-8th March 2017)
Nazzy was invited by the European Women’s Lobby to take part in the Forum and discuss the issue of Human Trafficking. Nazzy also got to take part in the One Billion Rising Action Day outside the European Parliament. It bought together feminist organisation working on various European issues and gave them a chance to lobby MEPs at the Forum. This was a great opportunity to understand how a forum is run in the European Parliament. Nazzy got a chance to discuss the need for Comprehensive Sexuality Education in Europe and raised awareness of the data we have already collect on this.
Nazzy – EMPOWER Conference, Doha (3-4th March 2017)
The conference bought together 450 national and 50 international participants in Doha. The conference aimed to raise awareness of Sustainable Tourism, and to enable young people to be leaders in local and global development issues. At the conference, Nazzy got to spread the word on the Accountability Advocates project and highlight the need for youth-led accountability with other young people.
Nazzy and Keya – UKSSD Conference (28th February 2017)
We are very lucky to be apart of the UKSSD (UK Stakeholders for Sustainable Development) network. We attended their evening reception of their conference which discussed a #sustainableUK and the role of the private sector in implementation of the SDG framework.
Keya – Danish Ministry of Foreign Affairs’ youth engagement panel, Copenhagen (4-5th February)
I was invited to be a member of a panel of 10 young leaders from around the world and contribute to reviewing DANIDA’s work engaging young people in development and humanitarian work, which was facilitated by Restless Development. This reviewing process involved reshaping DANIDA’s ‘The World 2030’ youth engagement agenda, in order to engage more young people in the review. I worked in Copenhagen with the other panelists to design an accessible online global youth consultation on best practice for youth engagement.
Nazzy – “Ending FGM – A forum to make a difference” (1st December 2016)
The “Ending FGM – A forum to make a difference” event was run by the Home Office in London. Home Secretary Amber Rudd talked about the Home office’s commitment in ending FGM and the overall funding of £80 million they have promised to spend on ending violence against women/girls. Youth For Change gave a presentation on the work young people were doing to raise awareness of FGM, and discussed their #traintopprotect campaign for schools. There were also presentations by the Orchid Project and the “Keep the Drums – Lose the Knife” initiative. It was great to meet familiar faces from Youth For Change and Integrate Bristol that are part of our network and to hear the commitments made by the Home Office.
Raf – UN Cinema (21st November 2016)
Raf went to the Aviva headquarters in London to watch the UN Cinema’s film, ‘Demain le Film’, and speak on the panel discussion afterwards. The film was centred around grassroots activism in making communities better, more sustainable, and richer. There was a discussion with the other panelists and Raf talked about the Youth Power campaign, how young people are shaping global accountability, and how to inspire activism in a population.
Keya and Raf – British Council Report launch (24th October 2016)
Keya and Raf attended the event at Parliament which was hosted by the British Council to launch their report entitled, ‘Gender Equality and Empowerment of Women and Girls in the UK: Meeting the challenge of the Sustainable Development Goals’. Key were among around 50 people in the room and the event highlighted key parts of the report with opportunities to ask questions and critique the report. We were lucky enough to attend this event because we were a part of the consultation to formulate the report. The panel discussion was chaired by Rt Hon. Maria Miller MP (Chair of the Women and Equalities Select Committee) and the panellists were: Professor Sarah Childs (Gender and Politics, University of Bristol Gender Research Centre), Ahmad Hegab (Harassmap), Lesley Irving (Head of Equality Policy, Scottish Government), Rahila Gupta (Journalist and Writer), Priya Nath (Global Policy and Advocacy Adviser, VSO).
Keya – Speech to All Party Parliamentary Group on the SDGs (6th September 2016)
Keya was invited to be a speaker at the ‘1.8 Billion Strong’ event by the All Party Parliamentary Group on the Sustainable Development Goals in the UK Parliament’s House of Lords. She got to speak about the need for youth-led accountability on the SDGs and present our National Accountability Framework; it was a perfect way to prove ourselves as young people. For more on this event, check out my blog for ‘We Are Restless’, here.