Plan International Timor-Leste has launched a new project to increase the decision-making power of young people on issues that affect their lives.
Youth unemployment is a critical issue in Timor-Leste. The social, economic and political context in the country has also led to and increasing deterioration of living conditions for youths.
Strong alliance of youth activists
Although Timor-Leste has a civil society, limited efforts have been made to promote opportunities for youth to participate in decision-making processes. There are currently some existing youth groups and networks, however, there is no strong alliance of youth activists at the local or national level to ensure decision-making processes fully consider their needs.
We continue our effort to empower young people so they are well prepared to become leaders.
To address this issue, Plan International Timor-Leste is pleased to launch a new project named “Increasing Civic Space for Youth in Timor-Leste” supported by The United Nations Democracy Fund.
The project will empower youth aged 18-28 years, with a focus on women, to participate in decision-making processes at community and national levels. It aims to bring existing youth group leaders into one network to highlight youth issues and promote collective youth voices.
Youth organise to promote their rights
The project will also raise the awareness of young people to increase their sense of responsibility in the development of their communities.
The project will then strengthen existing youth groups and networks at both national and community levels and link them into one youth alliance. The alliance will organise relevant advocacy events and engage young women and men in these efforts to promote youth issues and advocate for youth rights.
The project will be implemented in Dili, Aileu, and Ainaro from 2021 until 2023.
Plan International Timor-Leste Country Director, Mrs. Dillyana Ximenes, said: “With this project, we continue our effort to empower and provide access and opportunity to young people in all their diversity in Timor-Leste so they are well prepared to become leaders for themselves and others.”