IN THIS ISSUE: Youth research team in Karamoja explore land, peace and customary law, New Youth Internship Programme launched offering placements with companies and NGOs, Tackling HIV in Eastern Uganda amongst marginalised youth
From 22- 27th July, five Restless Development delegates will be attending the International AIDS Conference taking place in Washington DC. It is the world’s most attended conference on HIV and AIDS, bringing together 20,000 delegates from all over the world including scientists, policy makers and community leaders.
The global youth population is the largest in history. Of the world’s 3 billion people estimated to be under the age of 25, approximately 1.3 billion young people are between the ages of 15 and 24, making up a quarter of the world’s working population, but representing half of the world’s unemployed. Just under half live on less than $2 a day, as estimated by the United Nations.
On Wednesday 11th July the UK government and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation hosted the London Summit on Family Planning. The aim of the summit was to mobilise global policy and service delivery commitments to support the rights of an additional 120 million women and girls in the world's poorest countries to use contraceptive information, services and supplies by 2020. The conference was attended by ministers and presidents from countries such as Uganda, India, Malawi and Bangladesh, as well as representatives from donor communities.
I stopped school at class six. I grew up in an extended family house in Komende village during the War. I started living a disadvantaged life shortly after the death of my father. I lived for a while with my mother who never cared for me as a daughter. I then had to leave and stay with my uncle. His wife whom we were staying with had a cruel heart and only cared for her own children. I didn’t get on very well with my aunt who wasn’t very supportive to me especially with regards to my education. Instead she used to make me carry out all domestic chores at home like fetching fire wood, water and working on the farm. She never allowed me to go to school but concentrated on getting her own children to attend school.