10 DECEMBER 2019
PALAIS DES NATIONS GENEVA
YOUNG ACTIVISTS SUMMIT 2019
The #YAS19 was held on 10 December 2019, Human Rights Day, in the highly symbolic Human Rights and Alliance of Civilizations Room at the Palais des Nations in Geneva.
Organized by the United Nations Office at Geneva, Radio Télévision Suisse (RTS) and dev.tv, the first Young Activists Summit brought together six young female activists whose inspiring backgrounds and achievements should be shared. A youth session an award ceremony and a comprehensive media plan highlighted the role of women and girls as key drivers of progress.
A youth session an award ceremony and a comprehensive media plan highlighted the role of women and girls as key drivers of progress.
Nobel Peace Prize winner Nadia Murad was the guest of honour of the first YOUNG ACTIVISTS SUMMIT (#YAS19), whose theme in 2019 was WOMEN AND GIRLS DRIVING PROGRESS.
More than 8.2 million people have viewed a publication linked to #YAS19 on social media.
The Youth Session and the Awards Ceremony, streamed live on Facebook in French and in English, attracted 19.350 people.
Videos linked to #YAS19 attracted more than 300.000 views on Facebook.
The summit was widely covered by #YAS19 co-organiser RTS, which broadcast a report and a live interview with Rebecca Kabuo in its prime time evening news show at 7.30 pm Short videos were produced by the Nouvo team. The digital channel Tataki published a web-documentary and a clip of the powerful speech by Hamangaí Pataxó, which have attracted to this day 210.000 views on Facebook.
#YAS19 received international media coverage, including on Euronews, BBC World Service, TV5Monde, FranceTV, l’ATS, Swissinfo, SRF, 20 minutes, MBC, 24 Heures, Le Matin, la Tribune de Genève, le Journal du Jura, A Voz da Cidade, Nyasa Times, etc.
#YAS19 and issues raised at the summit were shared on the digital platforms of organisations like UN News, Amnesty International, UN Women, UN Human rights, Greenpeace, the European Union, the Graduate Institute, Gender Champions, Plan International and the WWF, to name but a few.
750 young people from the Geneva region and surroundings took part in the youth session for 15 to 25-year olds.
The awards ceremony drew 600 people.
Positive impacts for the activists themselves and the causes they defend included:
- Formal congratulations addressed by the government of Malawi to Memory Banda, reinforcing the legitimacy of her stand against child marriage.
- Extra funding for some of the NGOs present, in addition to the donations mobilized by #YAS19 organizers.
- Hamangaí Pataxó, Memory Banda and Rebecca Kabuo were invited to take part in global awareness events and campaigns.
- The birth of a ‘Kids Against Plastic Brazil’ initiative.
- Hamangaí Pataxó is now featured in Brazilian schoolbooks
In order to have a lasting impact and go beyond advocacy, significant efforts were made to raise funds for the causes endorsed by our guest speakers. Crucially, funding was raised to back these programmes on the ground: Sisley Paris generously committed to collectively support all of the activists invited. Other donors chose to back activists whose ideals were in line with theirs.
United Nations Office at Geneva
RTS, Radio Télévision Suisse
dev.tv, non-profit NGO of media professionals
SPECIAL THANKS TO
Fondation Hélène et Victor Barbour
Fondation Tellus Viva
IN PARTNERSHIP WITH
OHCHR, Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights
Republic and State of Geneva
City of Geneva
The Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies
Permanent Mission of Canada
UNFPA, United Nations Population Fund
WITH THE KIND SUPPORT OF
Act on your Future
Cabinet Privé de Conseils
Yan Luong digital communication
Abena Lauber fundraising & capacity building
William Boley risk management professional