Five highlights from the Case for Space conference in Bangkok

06 Dec 16
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Earlier this year, Restless Development, War Child and Youth Business International (YBI) published the Case for Space From Rhetoric to Action research. The research, which was carried out by 18 youth researchers, aims to better understand the conditions needed for young people to be part of and lead development.

For three days last week, young people from across the Asia-Pacific region met at the Case for Space Conference in Bangkok to discuss this topic and figure out how to make it happen. 

We look back on some our highlights.

1. Stories of young people like Samira Hassan

Samira, a 17-year-old Singaporean-Bangladeshi, works with migrants in Singapore to help them claim their rights that are often denied.

Read her story written by one of the event’s Youth Reporters.

2. Youth reporters representing young people

From day one the event was reported on by young people. 12 skilled Youth Reporters covered issues from migrants' rights to gender-based hate speech online, using video, written analysis and exclusive interviews.

All their amazing content is published on the Case for Space website.

3. Hearing from HIV activists in Asia-Pacific

We spoke to HIV activist Jeff Acaba, who explained why work to tackle AIDS and stigma in the Asia-Pacific is not over.

4. It all ended in hard and fast recommendations

During the event young people worked together to develop a number of recommendations, which aim to make sure young people have the space and freedom to address issues that affect their lives.

5. Bhawani’s story, creating space for Youth Power in Nepal

For Restless the event was a chance to shed light on Bhawani’s story. Bhawani’s parents didn’t want her to go to school. But she fought back and got her education. Now she’s a young leader in communities in Nepal, collecting data to help them rebuild their lives after the devastating earthquake in 2015.


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