The majority of the world’s population are young, about 65% are under 30 and they are one of the most marginalised groups of people who are being failed by current efforts to eradicate poverty. They often represent one of the worst affected groups within the issues of hunger, education, maternal health, governance and environmental sustainability.
Youth are not only the leaders of tomorrow, but they are also drivers of change today...
Young people are central to the development process, an underutilised resource of initiators and implementers of development.
Activista seeks to harness this resource and fulfil young people’s right to participate in their own development.
Who are the Activistas?
Every young person who ActionAid engages or works with around the world who aspires to end poverty and injustice and who want to be an active member of a movement creating social change can be an Activista.
Activista continues to link marginalised youth with other youth, youth living in rural areas with youth living in urban, youth in poverty and youth out of poverty – recognising that unequal power structures have many faces on various levels and in various settings. Activistas are forming alliances across borders, from university campuses in Nigeria to young farmer unions in El Salvador, from university clubs in Leicester in the UK to fellows in rural communities in Myanmar.
Activistas come from all walks of like and experience very different living conditions. Among them are middle class youth from Denmark, urban slum dwellers from Kathmandu, young farmers from Kenya and former sponsored children from Bangladesh – all sharing the same vision of an end to poverty and injustice, as well as sharing the identity of being an Activista!
Activista core volunteers are community members, partners and core volunteers. They are the rights holders ActionAid works with and creates alliances with to fight for women¹s rights, education, healthcare, livelihoods and participation in decision making and political processes. And the supporters who actively engage in the fight to end poverty and injustice.
Where are we ?
Currently, Activista is active in the following countries:
South Africa, Kenya, Uganda, Nigeria, the Gambia, Sierra Leone, Senegal, Liberia, Zambia, Nepal, Myanmar, Bangladesh, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Denmark, United Kingdom, Greece, Brazil, El Salvador, Honduras, Nicaragua, Egypt and Jordan.