WYMD Talks

Vote 18 - NewSeta's quest to lower the voting age limit

An episode of WYMD Talks

Conversations on democratic practices, activism and social justice, and the dangers democracy faces today.
Vote 18 - NewSeta's quest to lower the voting age limit
 The voting age in Cameroon is 21. In most countries in the world, the lower voting age limit is 18 - and other legal obligations and rights are given to 18 year olds. 18 year olds in Cameroon can get married, serve in the army, have full criminal accountability - but they do not have the freedom to make the most important choice of all - who is going to govern their country, and by extension, how that will affect various aspects of their lives.  NewSeta is a Cameroon based civil society organization that aims to empower youth and get them to engage in political processes. We discuss with Ateki Caxton, the Executive Director, how their new campaign is helping 18 year olds achieve their most important right of all. 
May 13, 2019
Will Bolsonaro's election victory affect the rest of the region?
In this episode of WYMD Talks, we discuss the potential implications of Jair Bolsonaro's win on recent Brazilian elections for the rest of the Latin American region. Will it significantly affect internal policies of neighbouring countries? Will the trend of far-right populist politics spillover onto the rest of the region? Join us as we discuss  - and visit World Youth Movement for Democracy website to find out more about our movement.  Speakers: Abraham Perdaza, Bruno Kazohiro, Margarita Maira, Micaela Hierro, Tania Lisca Lopez
January 28, 2019
Disinformation: Global Threat, Diverse Solutions
Today’s information space for many societies around the world is cluttered with disinformation. State and non-state actors take advantage of increasing growth of social media and online spaces to shape public opinion and disrupt democratic processes. Responding to the threat of disinformation requires insights from various disciplines and practice. While the problem is common, the solutions that have come up are diverse and replicable. In this online discussion, we will examine the various interdisciplinary measures that fight the spread of disinformation and misinformation. Moderating the discussion is Anthony Esguerra, a multimedia journalist from the Philippines and current Hurford Youth Fellow. The insights gleaned from this discussion will inform Esguerra’s research and project on media and information literacy. Panelists: Claudia Flores Savagia (US/Mexico) is a Research Scientist at the Human-Computer Interaction Laboratory at West Virginia University (WVU). Vitaliy Moroz (Ukraine) is the head of the New Media Department at Internews Ukraine. Ana Valacco (Argentina) is the Coordinator of Institutional Development at Chequeado, a fact-checking website. *** The World Youth Movement for Democracy is a global network that supports development of sustainable democracy movements by empowering young activists.
November 7, 2018
Online Mechanisms for Seeking Offline Accountability
Margarita Valdes, a democracy activist from El Salvador and Hurford Youth Fellow at the World Youth Movement for Democracy, moderates an online discussion with other anti-corruption youth activists. This is a second discussion in a three-part series focusing on ways youth activists are fighting corruption. Kamil Gregor (Czech Republic) and Tijana Cvjeticanin (Bosnia and Herzegovina) talk about how they use online tools to create anti-corruption campaigns that create offline change.
October 5, 2018
Youth Standing Up To Corruption "How do you engage young people?"
In this segment, panelists share different strategies to engage youth in anti-corruption activism.
October 5, 2018
Youth Standing Up To Corruption "Where do I start?"
Where do you start in a battle against corruption? Our panelists answer that question in this brief segment.
October 5, 2018
Youth Standing Up To Corruption "How do you stay safe?"
In this segment, David Riveros García from Reacción Juvenil de Cambio (Youth Change Reaction) shares some strategies for staying safe in anti-corruption work.
October 5, 2018
Technology and innovation in youth-led advocacy
How can technology and innovative approaches affect and help youth activism?
October 5, 2018
Is Activism an Effective Way to Influence Policy
Could activism open up opportunities for greater influence on public policy?
October 5, 2018
Impact of Unemployment on Youth Activism
Characteristics in and outcome of social movements today, are clearly linked to economic concerns in many parts of the world. There are a number of social problems that directly affect youth, such as unemployment or insecure employment. Thus, unemployment is one of the main reasons for increasing social unrest.
October 5, 2018
Are Political Parties a Part of Civil Society?
In this WYMD Talks! episode, we focus on the role of political parties in civil society.
October 5, 2018
Organizing for Change From Social Movements to Democratic Reforms
Social Movements are vital channels through which people give voice to concerns about their rights and welfare by engaging in different forms of collective action and public protest to help transform their societies. This often leads to social change in political, religious, educational, health, corporate, government, and other institutional arenas. The origins of social movements are often tied to existing needs or strains on society or the necessity to alter entrenched political strangleholds. In my upcoming discussion with panelists who have led/are leading social movements in their countries or regions, we shall discuss the importance of these movements and draw a few lessons from their experiences.
October 5, 2018
Democratic Tools for Participating and Creating Policies
Democratic Tools for Participating and Creating Policies is an online panel that is questioning importance of youth participation, as well as mechanisms for its development.
October 5, 2018
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