I was extremely honored to be part of the #YouthCSW Declaration on Gender Equality and the Human Rights of Young Women and Girls. In 2030, we, the youth, in all our diversities, want to see a fully inclusive world where….
- We lead gender-just implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals.
- Young women and girls are at the table, making decisions on issues that affect us.
- We are the last generation who can solve climate change.
- We choose what happens to our bodies.
- Youth of all genders live free from violence.
- Young women and girls have built a peaceful world with other generations.
- Opportunities, responsibilities and resources are equally shared.
- Migrants are not victims of systemic injustice.
- We are not sexual objects.
- Faith leaders act upon faith principles to uphold our dignity.
- We are not told who can play which sports.
- Young men and boys are partners in sustaining gender equality.
- Youth are civil society leaders at all levels.
Hiroshima / New York, August/Sep 2015
Throughout the years, I have been working with young people around the globe in building their capacity by empowering communities and advocating for peace, security and the rights of all people. When it comes to youth, my aspirations are always multiplied with hope and strength because we are the “generation of change”. If we can’t change the whole world, don’t get disappointed because we can create change at any level of society and, at the end of the day, impact the globe. We are 1.8 billion in numbers and rising. We are the Youth of the world and a generation of change.
I was flown into Hiroshima from New York City to join youth Activists, the hibakusha (atomic bomb survivors) and experts at the International Youth Summit for Nuclear Abolition to commemorate the 70th anniversary of the tragic Hiroshima and Nagaski bombings.
I am a youth amongst almost 67 % of whole Pakistani population. So I will surely focus my blog about youth. In my point of view Youth are like the running water that can tore any hard rock coming its way. Youth are a supremacy that can really make a difference in any circumstances. Youth are the backbone of any country. With this high percentage we should not forget there is a chance of either falling to dark results of failure or the golden opportunity towards success. It’s not only up to the State of Pakistan who will provide a right path to the young generation but a lot of that responsibility depends upon youth’s shoulders itself.
Dr. Allama Muhammad Iqbal thoughts about youth:
“Your world is (only) the one which you create yourself, not these stones and bricks, which are in sight”
“I have love for those youngsters who pull the stars down”