The Political Participation of Youth

The political participation of youth


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Wednesday, August 01, 2018
Youth in Politics
It’s officially Youth in Politics month! Young people are often excluded or overlooked as political candidates. Politics is typically regarded as a space for politically experienced men, and while women are often disadvantaged in accumulating...
Tuesday, March 06, 2018
Youth in Kyrgyzstan unite their voices ahead of crucial presidential vote
In 2017, Kyrgyzstan faced a critical turning point in the country's history. For the first time, an elected president would willingly hand power to an elected successor. Recognizing the importance of this vote, a group of 15 young activists from...
Friday, August 11, 2017
Young MPs speak out on youth political empowerment
Data from the IPU shows the worrisome lack of representation of young people in parliaments. To commemorate International Youth Day 2017 (12 August), the IPU has asked young MPs worldwide to share their views on how to increase youth engagement in...
Friday, June 30, 2017
Youth Participation in Electoral Processes – Handbook for Electoral Management Bodies
Specifically designed for electoral management bodies (EMBs), this publication acknowledges the crucial role EMBs play in ensuring that all segments of the society, including youth, are empowered to fully participate in the electoral process, be as...
Yves Leterme, Secretary-General of International IDEA, speaks during the seminar.
Wednesday, May 31, 2017
Youth role in future representation and participation, discussed at International IDEA round table
Do new generations of citizens no longer support democratic values and practices? To the relief of her audience at the seminar 'Does political participation need political parties and representation?', Pippa Norris acquitted young people on this...
Tuesday, April 04, 2017
Young people under 30 account for only 1.9% of world parliamentarians
Only 1.9 per cent of lawmakers are aged below 30, and 14.2 per cent below 40, and 26 per cent under 45, shows an Inter-parliamentary Union presentation made on Tuesday.  The presentation was made based on the IPU study titled ‘Youth participation in...
Friday, March 31, 2017
Youth Political Participation
Young people are often excluded or overlooked as political candidates. Politics is typically regarded as a space for politically experienced men, and while women are often disadvantaged in accumulating experience to run for office, young people are...
Monday, January 23, 2017
Youth as partners for the implementation of the SDGs
The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, adopted in 2015, is the international community’s ambitious response to today’s most pressing global development challenges and will guide our development priorities for an entire generation. Young people...
Tuesday, January 10, 2017
Youth Forum at CSW61
The Youth Forum at the 61st Session on Commission on Status of Women (CSW 61) is a critical opportunity for young people and adolescents in all their diversities to convene in advance of the official opening of CSW to amplify their common concerns...
Wednesday, September 21, 2016
Young Parliamentarians' Project
CDRSEE organized four seminars in Thessaloniki that joined Members of Parliament from Southeast Europe, Western Europe and the European Parliament, as well as numerous professionals, economists, and journalists to discuss issues of concern for the...
Friday, March 18, 2016
Youth leaders gather for the first Youth Forum at the CSW
On March 11 and 12, 2016, the first ever Youth Forum at the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW) was held in New York. Organized by UN Women, YWCA, the UN Inter-agency Network on Youth Development's Working Group on Youth and Gender Equality and...
Members of the Constitutional Shadow Committee participate in a constitution drafting session after completing a capacity development workshop. Photo: Palestinian Centre for Peace and Democracy/Ibrahim Abdeljawwad
Tuesday, April 07, 2015
Young Palestinians push for a gender-equal Constitution
“I used to be afraid to give my opinion, but now I tell people about complex issues like politics, women’s rights and the Constitution. I feel strong,” says 24-year-old Amani Thawabta, a law school graduate from Palestine. Although she speaks about...
Friday, October 10, 2014
Youth representation in parliament remains a challenge to democracy despite encouraging trends
Geneva, 10 October 2014 A benchmark IPU analysis on youth representation in politics reveals that low youth representation in parliament remains a global challenge for democracy despite some encouraging trends and emerging best practices to engage...
Farkhunda, Afghanistan
Friday, October 03, 2014
Young parliamentarians: Taking democracy to task
Short compilation about the participation of youth in parliament.
Friday, October 03, 2014
Youth participation in the democratic process: Resolution adopted by consensus by the 122nd IPU Assembly
The 122nd Assembly of the Inter-Parliamentary Union, Emphasizing the need to prevent and counter all forms of discrimination, including discrimination based on age, in accordance with the principle of non-discrimination enshrined in the Universal...
Monday, April 28, 2014
Youth Political Participation: Bridging Activism and Electoral Politics
What is the relationship between social movements and electoral politics? Although the empirical reality of American politics has increasingly blurred the lines between activism and electoral politics, sociology has yet to explore these changes and...
Monday, April 28, 2014
Young people are less likely to vote than older citizens, but they are also more diverse in how they choose to participate in politics.
Participation in electoral politics has declined across Western Europe in recent decades as citizens have become increasingly disillusioned with conventional forms of politics. As James Sloam notes, this is especially true for the current generation...
Monday, April 28, 2014
Young People, Political Participation and Trust in Britain
Young people in Britain are often characterised as disconnected from the formal political process and from democratic institutions. Certainly their rate of abstention in general election contests over the last decade has led to concerns amongst the...