Partnering for Social Change

working with youth leaders

Youth to End Sexual Violence  partners with community-based youth-led organizations that share our vision of a world where young people are empowered and supported in the fight against sexual and gender based violence in conflict. We work with our partner grassroots organizations to raise awareness and build youth's capacity to create positive social change. The young people we work with are survivors, leaders, and activists. They have lived through war, humanitarian disaster, genocide, and sexual exploitation. They continue to be excluded from high-level policy discussions, yet they refuse to give up and continue to demand social change. 

In each country, our operations are lead by a Youth Ambassador. Rather than bringing in an outside representative to lead our efforts inside of a country, the Youth Ambassador is appointed from within, and has already demonstrated him/herself to be a fierce advocate in the advancement of women, peace, and security. Youth Ambassadors partner with hundreds of local grassroots organizations to build a sustainable coalition for the elimination of sexual violence in conflict.  This way, we ensure that skills and resources that Youth to End Sexual Violence provides, remains in the country for the long term.

By partnering with Youth to End Sexual Violence, youth survivors, leaders, and activists are able to design and implement programs based on their own perspectives. And they  enjoy the resources, training, and support that a leading youth-led international human rights organization can provide.

Advocating for Human Rights

increasing the representation of young people

UN Special Representative, Zainab Bangura

UN Special Representative, Zainab Bangura

Youth to End Sexual Violence mobilizes the tools of human rights advocacy in the service of social change initiatives. We seek to advance and improve the existing human rights framework,  and to make international law relevant and accountable to the people it is meant to serve. Young people are the most vulnerable and under-represented victims of war zone rape. This means that youth survivors, leaders, and activists must be able to impact policies in the international arena. However, young people continue to be excluded from policy discussions and post-conflict peace processes.

That's why Youth to End Sexual Violence brings young people into global processes. We create spaces where they can be heard, supported, and empowered to make a decisive difference. Youth to End Sexual Violence works closely with the UN Special Representative of the Secretary-General on Sexual Violence in Conflict. The Special Representative leads the UN's engagement on the issue of sexual violence in conflict. We meet regularly with her office to update her on the status of our youth-led initiatives and to ensure that the voices of young people are being heard at the highest levels. 

Youth to End Sexual Violence also serves as a bridge between grassroots youth-led organizations. In this way, they can join forces on international campaigns, exchange ideas, and strategize new ways to end sexual violence.

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