Giving voice to youth in politics

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Thursday, October 7, 2021
Discussing youth engagement in politics on Democracy Day
NDI Kosovo for USAIDKosovo

Proper functioning of democracy is possible only if young citizens are vocal in the process. Common challenges that impact the young generation such as lack of engagement in public and political life, were at the core of the discussion organized by USAID-supported European Democracy Youth Network (EDYN) on September 15 to mark the International Day of Democracy. Throughout the discussion, participants agreed that involving young people in political processes is key to guarantee the proper functioning of democracy, especially since Kosovan youth have the opportunity and potential to promote long-term change in the country.

"Democracy requires work and it is not always easy, “ said James Evans-Butler, Democracy and Governance Officer at USAID Kosovo, who spoke at the event. He reminded participants to use every opportunity to engage in constructive dialogue - with those who share the same views and with those who do not.  Fjolla Ujkani, Member of Parliament and representative of the Group of Young MPs, emphasized that young people need space for representation and action while calling on political parties to give young people the space they deserve. Ambassador Nancy Soderberg, Director of NDI Kosovo, pointed out that young people offer innovative and creative solutions to the various problems that Kosovo society faces today.

Since its inception with USAID's support, EDYN has been striving to help youth across Europe to work together, support fundamental human rights, and most importantly safeguard the democratic process despite different political views. 

Last updated: October 08, 2021

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