Young Green Sayoba Zongo speaks up for youth and the environment in Burkina Faso
“Political ecology is the only alternative,''says Sayoba Zongo of RDEBF (Union of Ecologists of Burkina Faso, President of the West African Green Youth Network).
In an interview with FasoPic, Sayoba Zongo talks about the increasing presence of young people playing active roles in politics and their intention to have a say in the major decision making bodies of their homeland. Sayoba explains that youth bring a lot to the country and that in the green movement young people are fighting to restore social justice, for an equitable distribution of national resources, a reduction in the gap between the rich and the poor and the need to respect cultural and religious diversity. Amazing work Sayoba! Read the full interview here.
Young Greens in Kenya tackle period poverty
Period poverty is widespread throughout many parts of the world, often meaning that women and girls miss school whilst menstruating and cannot afford sanitary products. Some girls repeatedly lose 20% of their education for this reason, making them more likely to drop out of school altogether and leading to socioeconomic disparities between women and men later in life. Young Greens from the Green Congress of Kenya are campaigning to tackle this issue by distributing sanitary towels to Nyalkinyi and Rangwena Primary Schools in Homa Bay County in an effort to empower and educate young girls and boys. Great work!
Promoting the legalisation of medical marijuana in Taiwan
The Green Party of Taiwan nominated our Steering Committee member Zoe Lee as candidate of legislator-at-large to promote the legalization of medical marijuana. This is the first time that a political party in Taiwan would push for such legalization, knowing that Cannabis is listed as a category 2 narcotic by the Narcotics Hazard Prevention Act in Taiwan. (same as the amphetamines). The Green Party of Taiwan got the highest voter share in their history in their recent elections with approximately 340,000 votes, 2.6% of the total vote share.
Congratulations on this victory, a sign of greater things to come!
Young Greens defend Pakistani poet and equality in India
On 25th January, the Uttarakhand Students Organisation (Young Greens of India) along with Uttarakhand Parivartan Party and Democratic Youth Federation of India (DYFI), staged a protest against the central government for its agenda and setting up an inquiry into a poem by renowned Pakistani poet Faiz Ahmed (Hum dekhenge), which was sung by the students in protests against the discriminatory new law brought in by the government via the Citizen Amendment Act.
The leaders of organisations sang the songs of Faiz as a protest and read the preamble of Indian Constitution, highlighting India as a secular and equal country and the need for citizens to defend its constitution.
Preparing for General Elections in Ireland: 8 February 2020
Irish Young Greens/Óige Ghlas are running several young candidates in the General Elections. Tate Donelly is the youngest candidate standing and his message to those who criticise his age is clear: “A couple of people tell me that they think I don’t have the experience for the job but I say to them that there are others who have experience of doing a bad job...” On the last weekend of January, you could find FYEG co-spokesperson Antoine Tifine on the campaign trail with Irish Young Greens.
Photo: Antoine Tifine, FYEG co-spokesperson, canvassing with Lorna Bogue in Cork. Photo credit: Gavin Nugent.
Call for Participants – FYEG Seminar: It’s Not Just a Transition
The Federation of Young European Greens is announcing an open call for participants to our Seminar It’s Not Just a Transition taking place April 21-25 (arrival 20, departure 26 April) in Barcelona, Spain.
In these five full intense working days we will explore what implications the transition towards a carbon-neutral society might have on social and human rights in an urban setting, and how young people can shape this process just without leaving anyone behind. We are looking for 39 young people between 16-35, residing in one of the Council of Europe member states, Belarus or Kosovo. More details can be found here.