Imagine a world where youth’s voices are heard loud and clear and they are equipped to use their voice to advocate for and create the changes they want for and with their communities, regions, countries and the entire globe. This is the aim of the Activist Lab.
In 2022, Justice & Peace joined 8 other organisations from around the world to create the Global Activist Lab collaboration. Together, we foster inclusive and welcoming spaces where youth activists can come together, connect, and learn new and strengthen existing skills to lead their social movements for change.
“If we want to achieve our goal, let us empower ourselves with the weapon of knowledge and protect ourselves with unity and togetherness” – Malala Yousafzai (children’s rights activist)
A focus on youth activists
Civic space in the world is shrinking – this can be felt in almost all countries in the world. Yet around the world, there are young people, young activists that are creating change in their communities.
Through hosting Activist Labs globally, we are fostering the creation of a youth-led movement that empowers young activists, strengthens their activistic work, equips them with tools to reach more impact, and fosters expanding their networks to support them in that journey.
A global exchange
The Activist Lab spans from Peru, to Tanzania, Lebanon, Georgia, and the Netherlands. Working together throughout the next three years, all organisation’s taking part will play key roles in supporting youth activists in their region, connecting them with other activists from around the world, organising engaging events, and sharing campaigns.
The national Activist Labs are hosted by a network made up of 9 organisations, including Actua.PE, the African Human Rights Network, Justice & Peace Netherlands, MAAN, Oxfam Novib, Oxfam Novib Activist Lab, Oxfam Peru, Pax, and World of Tolerance.
We at Justice & Peace will be working with our partners the African Human Rights Network and World of Tolerance over the next three years to create and host Activist Labs with youth activists in Georgia, Tanzania, and in the Netherlands.