STORIES OF CHANGE IN POLICIES, PRACTICE AND ATTITUDES

From Mali …


Opportunities for sport and recreation are a big issue for young people. The Benbere platform in Mali created a campaign around the disappearance of public space that generated major interest and engagement across the country.


From the Democratic Republic of Congo …


‘Sexually Transmitted Points’, is a term used to describe the exchange of sex for better grades, a common form of exploitation of university students in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) but not much talked about. In 2019, Habari RDC broke the silence with the campaign, #UniversitiesWithoutHarassment in partnership with Congolese women’s rights organisations, AFIA MAMA, youth-led Si Jeunesse Savait and SOFEPADI. The campaign was based on evidence gathered through research carried out by Si Jeunesse Savait on sexual harassment at universities and raised awareness and put pressure on universities to do more to support students.


From Burundi …


Yaga launched #Bdiemploi to address youth unemployment, a major issue in a country where 65% of young people are unemployed. The campaign invited young people to think about the structural problems that lead to high unemployment and whether Burundi’s universities are adequately preparing students to enter the job market. The campaign also pushed for the opening of the Youth Investment Bank promised by the government.


From China …


Influencing policy-makers and bringing about change usually takes years and years of persistent effort and advocacy. But sometimes opportunities arise that can lead to quick results if seized in a timely way. This was the case for the Justice4Her platform in China, which succeeded in influencing new domestic violence regulations within six months.


From Yemen …


Gender Based Violence has increased by 63% in Yemen since civil war broke out in 2015. Manasati30 (formerly known as Yemen Youth Panel platform) tackled the issue with a major campaign in 2019, timed to coincide with the international campaign, 16 Days of Activism against GBV (16 Days Campaign).


From Egypt …


A major hit for Love Matters Arabic in 2019 was a campaign focusing on sexual pleasure which generated the highest reach and engagement we’ve seen since the platform launched in 2014.


From RNTC …


It’s painful to recognise, but one of the aspects of the narrative on Africa is that white lives matter…more. But how do you get people to see that that colonial perspective still ghosts around? You change how the media talk about Africa and change what people read about Africa!