What’s the Need for Representation?

  • post Type / Young Humanists International
  • Date / 10 April 2010
This edition of YS is focused on the need for more, or if you like, better, young humanists participation in international youth fora worldwide. Beyond mere participation, there is need for representation in these youth tagged organisations whose views are taken as representative of youth groups. While participation might be taken as physical presence, representation means that the HUMANIST VOICE will be audible enough at the event to justify participation.

Like many will agree with me, it is not the case that our belief and lifestance is the best. Rather, ours is a perspective that can pluralize and nourish the discourses to make it more encompassing and the product therefrom more accpetable to many because of the robust diversities it has taken note of. Hence, the position of IHEYO for many years on this has not changed: humanists must be represented and our ideals imputed into documents that will represent youthful views.

We want to therefore implore young humanist worldwide to try and, not just participate but, represent humanist lifestance at international youth global events. Publicity aside, the exchanges among the youths, is worthwhile on its own.

Examples of these orgaisations are:
The World Youth Parliament (WYP), which, consists of creating a forum where young people, whatever their ideology, culture, or social condition might be, can come together to discuss issues that concern them and manifest their conclusion in such way that their voice may be heard worldwide.

European Youth Parliament
The EYP represents a non-partisan and independent educational project which is tailored entirely to the needs of the young European citizen. The EYP encourages independent thinking and socio-political initiative in young people and facilitates the learning of crucial social and professional skills. Since its inauguration, many tens of thousands of young people have taken part in regional, national and international sessions, formed friendships and made international contacts across and beyond frontiers.

IFLRY – International Federation of Liberal Youth is the international umbrella organisation of liberal and radical youth organisations. It is the platform for co-operation among liberal and radical youth and student organisations in the world. IFLRY’s policies are based on the belief in the universality and indivisibility of human rights. As liberals and radicals they are in favour of a market economy operating within the limits of a fair distribution of wealth and ecological sustainability. To reach the goal of equal opportunities distribution of wealth has to take place within the states as well as between them.

These three organisations, am sure, our youthful readers will found their goals useful to participate in their conferences and workshops!

Yemi Ademowo-Johnson

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