#Zerodiscrimination – Youth Age Discrimination

Prevention is better than a cure when it comes to youth age discrimination – that’s our key message for the #zerodiscrimination day.

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If age is only a number, how come certain stereotypes exist for certain numbers which comes with age?

Did you know that youth unemployment rate is at 23.1% (Commission 2015 report on youth discrimination) and that the perception of age discrimination for youth has increased by 3%, (according to the 2015 Eurobarometer)? Isn’t this a paradox if youth are key to building a smart, sustainable and inclusive growth within and outside the EU.

Even so the EU Employment Equality Directive 2000/78/EC [1] and Article 21 of the Charter of Fundamental rights prohibits discrimination based on age, young people are still being stereotyped in the workplace: either by not being given equal opportunity to access employment, or /and by not enjoying equal treatment once in the workplace. THIS NEEDS TO STOP.

Age discrimination towards youth needs to be addressed not only using judicial tools[2] but also through PREVENTION and the DEMYSTIFICATION of youth. 

At the ACP YPN, we strongly believe that inter-generational dialogue is a key to unlock youth potential and we have been actively involved in inter-generational dialogues outside the EU.

ACP YPN recommends integrating inter-generational dialogues in policy-making, as part of the EU lifelong learning concept. On this international day of zero discrimination, we urge the Members States and the EU to address this using all the means of prevention available to them.

Author:

Celine Fabrequette, ACP YPN Coordinator on EU relations

fabrequette@gmail.com | @FESIRA

#Youth at the EESC public hearing on EU-ACP relations

On Monday 22nd February, the European Economic and Social Committee held their second public hearing on the green paper on ‘The future of the EU’s relations with the African, Caribbean and Pacific countries and the successor to the Cotonou Partnership Agreement.

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ACP YPN commends the consistent reference to youth throughout the public hearing by the majority of speakers. Moreover, since submitting the official ACP YPN Opinion on Future EU-ACP relations, we are pleased to see more dialogue and exchanges taking up the issue of youth issues that have long been ignored in the EU-ACP partnership, despite the existence of Article 26 CPA on ‘youth issues’.

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Professor Mirjam van Reisen, Founding Director, Europe External Programme for Africa, Europe External Policy Advisors emphasised the need to dynamise the collaboration between cities and regions and different actors – NSAs, trade unions, CSOs, including youth groups – through direct people to people contact and twinning in future partnership.

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Kristin De Peyron, head of the Pan-African Affairs Division, European External Action Service highlighted the potential impact of the demographic explosion, especially in Africa and ask how can we best deliver to meet aspirations of youth? De Peyron stated that in our analysis on future EU-ACP relations, we need to project into the future and think carefully about including large young populations who will need jobs.

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Dr. Natallie Corrie-Kordas, Political Affairs Department Expert – Humanitarian Matters & Civil Society, ACP Secretariat underscored the need to curb youth unemployment both in the EU and ACP countries. Furthermore, Dr. Corrie-Kordas called for youth to be part of consultative processes, as part of a broader symbiotic relationship between the EU and ACP. Dr. Corrie-Kordas also condemned the current inaction that allows the Mediterranean to become the grave of African youth.

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ACP YPN at ACP-OIF-FAO symposium on South-South & Triangular Cooperation

On 11th and 12th February 2016, ACP YPN participated in a hallmark initiative to create new partnerships for youth and women’s empowerment spearheaded by the ACP Secretariat, in partnership with the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), the Organisation Internationale de la Francophonie (OIF), as well as  the Commonwealth Secretariat and the Community of Portuguese Speaking Countries (CPLP).

Patrick Gomes, Secretary General of the ACP highlighted that the ACP is excited “to   highlight the added value of South-South and Triangular Cooperation in enhancing inclusivity, diversity, innovation and genuine partnerships.”

Mano Masham, ACP YPN Micro-Finance Expert took the floor to ask about the age-inequality of participants, recalling that one of the symposium’s main focus was youth. Other participants, from embassies, private and public sector agreed that the presence of youth in such debate targeting youth is imperative and there should be greater youth inclusion.

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Shabab Khalil, Commonwealth Alliance of Young Entrepreneurs – Asia President added that networks such as ACP YPN need assistance from their parent organisation, especially at the critical early stages to ensure the right structures are in place.

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Katherine Ellis, Director of the Commonwealth Youth Division reiterated that policies and programmes must be complimented by a conducive enabling environment. Ellis underlined, “The youth development sector is a prime area for South-South Cooperation. Young People are dynamic, collaborative, and more globalized than ever before. We need to recognize them not just as beneficiaries, but as important drivers of development and agents of change,”

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Yentyl Williams, Founder and President of ACP YPN also had the opportunity to meet the inspirational and aspirational Michaëlle Jean, Secretary General of the International Organisation of Francophonie. Jean highlighted the need to get out of straightjacket of inter-governmental relations and to integrate all know-how. Jean also underscored the importance of collective action, humanism, fraternity and solidarity in order to move from rhetoric to reality.

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Yentyl explained that ACP YPN is a de facto actor in South-South and triangular cooperation, through its various activities with the EU, the African Union (AU) and The Commonwealth. Moreover, Yentyl underlined that youth are not just the leaders of tomorrow, but youth are the leaders of today. Check it out at 6min30sec here.

The full video is available above below and the press release is available here.

Check out the tweets too #SSC4YouthWomen.

 

Author: Yentyl Williams, ACP YPN Founder and President

Contact: y.k.w@hotmail.com | @yentyl_w

Follow @acpYPN

ACP YPN at ACP-OIF-FAO symposium on South-South & Triangular Cooperation

On 11th and 12th February 2016, ACP YPN participated in a hallmark initiative to create new partnerships for youth and women’s empowerment spearheaded by the ACP Secretariat, in partnership with the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), the Organisation Internationale de la Francophonie (OIF), as well as  the Commonwealth Secretariat and the Community of Portuguese Speaking Countries (CPLP).

Patrick Gomes, Secretary General of the ACP highlighted that the ACP is excited “to   highlight the added value of South-South and Triangular Cooperation in enhancing inclusivity, diversity, innovation and genuine partnerships.”

Mano Masham, ACP YPN Micro-Finance Expert took the floor to ask about the age-inequality of participants, recalling that one of the symposium’s main focus was youth. Other participants, from embassies, private and public sector agreed that the presence of youth in such debate targeting youth is imperative and there should be greater youth inclusion.

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Shabab Khalil, Commonwealth Alliance of Young Entrepreneurs – Asia President added that networks such as ACP YPN need assistance from their parent organisation, especially at the critical early stages to ensure the right structures are in place.

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Katherine Ellis, Director of the Commonwealth Youth Division reiterated that policies and programmes must be complimented by a conducive enabling environment. Ellis underlined, “The youth development sector is a prime area for South-South Cooperation. Young People are dynamic, collaborative, and more globalized than ever before. We need to recognize them not just as beneficiaries, but as important drivers of development and agents of change,”

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Yentyl Williams, Founder and President of ACP YPN also had the opportunity to meet the inspirational and aspirational Michaëlle Jean, Secretary General of the International Organisation of Francophonie. Jean highlighted the need to get out of straightjacket of inter-governmental relations and to integrate all know-how. Jean also underscored the importance of collective action, humanism, fraternity and solidarity in order to move from rhetoric to reality.

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Yentyl explained that ACP YPN is a de facto actor in South-South and triangular cooperation, through its various activities with the EU, the African Union (AU) and The Commonwealth. Moreover, Yentyl underlined that youth are not just the leaders of tomorrow, but youth are the leaders of today. Check it out at 6min30sec here.

The full video is available above below and the press release is available here.

Check out the tweets too #SSC4YouthWomen.

 

Author: Yentyl Williams, ACP YPN Founder and President

Contact: y.k.w@hotmail.com | @yentyl_w

Follow @acpYPN

ACP YPN at #EUNarrative for Europe – ‘The Europe Thing’

On the 9th of February, ACP YPN was invited to be part of the EU dialogue, alongside other EU youth organisations, on the second phase of the “New Narrative” for Europe, rebranded by EU trainees as “The Europe of Thing”. Commissioner Tibor Navracsics – for Education, Culture, Youth and Sport – joined by DG Education and Culture’s (EAC) Director, Martiner Reichaerts, shared their willingness and conviction to work hand-in-hand with all youth organisations to address and respond to youth disenchantment in the EU. They underlined the importance of finding inclusive solutions to issues youth face from unemployment and political exclusion to peace and migration. The debate focused on three main issues: (i) values and identity; (ii) goals; and (iii) opportunities for people.

ACP YPN delegation to EU New Narrative with Commissioner Tibor Navracsics – for Education, Culture, Youth and Sport.

The main issues discussed: (i) the importance of education as a vector to convey European values and a European identity; (ii) young people should be given the opportunity to be better involved in shaping legislation that directly impacts them; (iii) all youth organisations present agreed that unpaid internships must stop, and that the EU should take the lead in abolishing unpaid internships, and encourage member states and international organisations to also follow suit.

In the same framework, youth organisations called for the EU to drop using abstract concepts and adhere to the principle of policy coherence for development. This requires the EU to focus on implementation, and achieving concrete and communicable actions, as well as communicating opportunities available to youth e.g. in the area of entrepreneurship.

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Yentyl Williams, ACP YPN Founder & President took the floor to underline that the EU New Narrative must also include ACP youth. With reference to Article 26 of the Cotonou Partnership Agreement (CPA) on ‘youth issues’, Yentyl highlighted that the right policies are there but it is now a question of implementation.

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Celine Fabrequette, ACP YPN Coordinator on EU relations underscored the need to have age-specific youth policies i.e. youth go through many different issues between the ages of 15 and 30, defined broadly as ‘youth’ and policies should be tailored for the different issues faced over the different cycles of youth.

ACP YPN believes that inter-generational dialogue is crucial in the drive for a more inclusive society, something that ACP YPN advocated for at the 26th African Union Summit #AUIGD2016.

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ACP YPN delegation with DG Education and Culture Director, Martiner Reichaerts and UK Councillor, Seyi Akiwowo.

This meeting followed up from an earlier meeting with DG EAC Director Martiner Reichaerts at the European Youth Event.

Authors:

Celine Fabrequette, ACP YPN Coordinator on EU relations

Contact: fabrequette@gmail.com | @FESIRA

Yentyl Williams, ACP YPN Founder & President

Contact: y.k.w@hotmail.com | @yentyl_W

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ACP YPN at 26th African Union Summit

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From 27th – 31st January 2016, ACP YPN was invited to African Union Headquarters in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia to take part in the African Union Inter-Generational Dialogue (AUIGD) within the framework of the African Union Heads of State Summit.

ACP YPN represented the sixth region of Africa, the diaspora. Based on ACP YPN’s mission and experience representing young professionals in diaspora in Europe, ACP YPN drew up the recommendations on future AU engagement with diaspora for the AU Heads of State with four other representatives from the diaspora.

ACP YPN presented the recommendations to the Chair Person of the African Union, H.E. Dr Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma, alongside other dignitaries. The recommendation and final declaration will be available here shortly.

On the sidelines of the #AUIGD2016, ACP YPN had the honour of meeting with many high-level officials from African agencies, embassies and international organisations.

ACP YPN with H.E Dr. Martial de Paul Ikounga, Commissioner for Human Resources, Science & Technology, African Union Commission (AUC); ACP YPN with H.E Ajay Bramdeo, Ambassador of the AU to the EU and Benelux; ACP YPN with H.E. Akinwumi Adesina, President of the African Development Bank. (left to right)

ACP YPN with Babajide Sodipo, Regional Trade Advisor to AU Commissioner H.E Fatima Acyl; AU symbol; ACP YPN with Nicholas Ouma, Senior Youth Policy Advisor, AU Youth Division.(left to right)

ACP YPN meets representatives from South Sudan, Liberia and Kenya amongst many other youth networks coming from all five regions of the African continent, as well as with representatives of the diaspora. (left to right)

ACP YPN got the chance to find out more about the African Union Youth Corps initiative from Ndankhonza Munlo, AU Youth Volunteer.

ACP YPN also got to find out more about the work of the Youth Division from Nicholas Ouma, AU Senior Youth Advisor.

Here are the official videos of the 26th AU Heads of State summit:

  • Acceptance Statement by the incoming Chairperson of the African Union, H.E. Mr. Idriss Deby Itno, President of the Republic of Chad
  • Opening Statement by H.E. Mr. Robert Mugabe, President of the Republic of Zimbabwe and outgoing Chairperson of the African Union
  • Statement by H.E. Dr. Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma, Chairperson of the Commission of the African Union
  • Statement by H.E. Ban Ki Moon, Secretary General of the United Nations
  • Statement by H.E. Mr. Mahmoud Abbas, President of the State of Palestine and Chairman of Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO).

 

Author: Yentyl Williams, ACP YPN Founder and President

Contact: y.k.w@hotmail.com | @yentyl_w

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ACP YPN meets EIB’s Board of Directors

Werner Hoyer, President, EIB message to ACP YPN:

“I want to work with young professionals like you”

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On the 1st February 2016, ACP YPN had the pleasure of meeting with European Investment Bank (EIB) Board of Directors for the 5th annual Civil Society Stakeholders meeting.

Supporting Growth and Jobs in Europe was a key part of the discussion. The European Fund for Strategic Investment (EFSI)was outlined. A number of issues were discussed including: the selection criteria of projects, the level of risk and their value added.

International Migration and Development was the second key topic of the day. It was discussed within the framework of the European Year of Development 2015, the adoption of the Sustainable Development Goals and the upcoming review of the External Lending Mandate of the EIB.

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Yentyl Williams, Werner Hoyer, Mano Masham. (left to right)

ACP YPN was represented by Yentyl Williams, ACP YPN Founder and President and Mano Masham, ACP YPN Community Development Coordinator and Micro-Finance Expert. ACP YPN not only brings together young professionals and diaspora from Africa, Caribbean and Pacific, but aims to make sure ACP young professionals are part of the youth agenda and have a voice in several policy-making processes. ACP YPN’s mission is to impact European Union and international policy in order to engage more young professionals in the policy value chain while fostering international synergies.

From the very first thematic discussion, it was noted that youth are vulnerable and often out-cast in early stages of employment . ACP young professionals living in Europe are excluded if not marginalized and face various barriers in the process of searching for jobs. ACP YPN posed two key questions

Yentyl Williams, ACP YPN Founder:
Q. In light of the EIB’s restructuring process, what has happened to the ACP desk/unit?
Patrick Walsh, Director, Global Partnerships, EIB:
A. The ACP desk/unit has been brought into a broader unit covering global partnerships, where issues are dealt with thematically as opposed to regionally.

Mano Masham, ACP YPN Community development Coordinator, Micro-Finance Expert:
Q (i) How is the EIB empowering ACP young professionals living in Europe?
Q (ii) How shall the EIB capitalise on ACP young professional capacity to address the  thematic topics discussed?

Werner Hoyer, President, EIB:”I want to work with young professionals like you”

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Within the context of sustainable growth and jobs in developing countries, it was disclosed that strategic investing in market information systems (mobile banking and internet) and micro finance are some of the key tools at reaching rural poor communities in these countries. Through the use of EIB’s investment plan, the EFSI and other EIB pillars can boost development.

Additionally, the EIB supports the implementation of Europe’s development policy objectives and it has engaged in the process of tackling the root causes of migration, through provision of sustainable growth and jobs in countries of origin.

ACP YPN value addition was observed and applauded by the Board of Directors and all participants during the seminar. Moreover, ACP YPN was the only youth group that participated and warmed-up the seminar.

Authors:

Manongi Masham, ACP YPN Community Development Coordinator & Micro-Finance Expert

Contact Mano: manongi7@yahoo.com | @ManongiMasham

Yentyl Williams, ACP YPN Founder and President

Contact Yenty: y.k.w@hotmail.com | @yentyl_w

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