Day of the African Child 2016: Youth-led change in action

The Day of the African Child has been celebrated on June 16 every year since 1991 - to mark Day of the African Child 2016, Youth For Change are celebrating the efforts of young people across Africa to make positive change.

We believe that it's not just important, but essential for young people to be meaningfully involved in the processes and decisions that shape their lives. We're highlighting the work of 3 organisations in different countries across the continent,  who through their hard work are demonstrating the capacity for young people to lead change.

Keep reading to meet our young African changemakers!


Maria Saine, Safe Hands for Girls

Safe Hands For Girls, The Gambia

Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) is a deeply rooted culture that has manifested many several harmful effects on women and girls. Programmes Officer for Safe Hands For Girls Maria Saine shares the work of her organisations and explains the role that youth can play in ending FGM and other harmful practices.

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Her Liberty, Namibia

Her Liberty Namibia (HLN) is a young women-led non-profit organization aimed at empowering, developing and promoting women’s gender equality in Namibia. Their mission - to equip young women and girls with the tools that enables them to harness their livelihood whilst providing them with continuous platforms for self-sustainability.

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Ugandan Youth and Adolescent Health Forum, Uganda

The Ugandan Youth and Adolescent’s Health Forum (UYAHF) is a grassroots youth-led organisation working to improve the lives of adolescents and girls. Patrick Mwesigye is the founder and team leader – he explains their work and why it’s crucial to involve young people.

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