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On 12th March 2015 during the 28ht session of the Human Rights Council, the IIPJHR organized a side event that highlighted necessary fundamental principles for local leadership development.

This topic was chosen by the Institute in its anticipation of issues in the peace, justice and human rights field. The purpose of the Institute is to demonstrate that work with youth is necessary for building societies that conform to these values.

It seemed important to work on the topic of youth and local leadership, in order to highlight youth participation in civil society, their needs, their obstacles, and try to define possible solutions to help them to grow their engagement and their actions.

For this occasion, we recieved two young leaders who presented their observations and shared their expreciences.

The first speaker, Linda FOUAD, presented the situation about youth in Morocco.
She explained that in Morocco, the involvement of youth in civil society is relatively recent and tends to grow in light of the lack of trust in political system and an attempt to establish more democracy and human rights.

After this, she presented her project , a care center for pregnant women in the rural village of Tinejdad.
Her project responds to real needs for these women who have to go a long way for access to basic care. This is one example of youth and local leadership, which presents a real opportunity for civil society in Tinejdad.

Diego LE GALLOU, our second speaker and founder of the association Code for Climate, shared with us, despite his youth, his long experience of involvement with youth in the civil society.

Thanks to his experiences, Diego LE GALLOU has highlighted guidelines that can help youth get involved in civil society activities.

Therefore, several fundamental principles have been defined.

Firstly, the need to identify motivations which allow the young to become real stakeholders, giving them personal and professional perspectives, and therefore, increasing their involvement.

Secondly, youth have to be mentored and coached, to define objectives and learn with practical exercises to keep their motivation and their involvement intact.

To reach their goals, youth have to work together, like a network. They need to communicate about their projects and actions, and create links around them to gather people to their causes.

Also, they need the mobilization of public opinion face to a system that underrepresents them.

That is why it’s important to help them to create spaces for communication, spaces for exchanges and meetings, and spaces that allow them to make their action known.

Another important aspect is to create vialable economic models for their projects and for themselves. Creating vialable economic models will allow them to stay involved in the civil society and will allow them to simply live by creating their own work.

In conclusion, youth need our trust and our help, but also need to be autonomous and responsible for their role in the civil society.

In regards to all those challenges, the IIPJHR encourages all civil society to research new solutions and create new tools, which will give the youth, all the necessities to become stakeholders in the action and take the role they deserve in the civil society.

Contact: Sebastien PARISOT - parisot.pro@gmail.com