Youth across Middle-East and North Africa region are promoting equality and inclusion and learning how to address human rights issues in their communities. As engaged youth, whether we’re taking part in conversations to improve access to the labor market for people living with disabilities in Tunisia, defending young girls’ rights not to be forced into early marriages in Morocco, preventing bullying and violence in schools in Jordan, defending inheritance rights of women in Egypt, or taking part in any other initiatives, our actions are changing our communities. We are the changemakers! These are our actions for change!
I am a Girl not a Bride
Topic: Early marriageEducationAMEJ
The youth-led community action "I am a child and not a bride" is aimed at preventing child marriage in Taounat city, Morocco. Due to poverty, girls in Taounate city are subject to early marriage between the age of 12 and 17 years. This violates their right to education and right to life and wellbeing. This phenomenon is permeated by the misinterpretation of article 20 of the family code in Morocco. This community action will mobilize female and male youth from a Secondary school of Tawnat area communities to raise awareness on harms of early marriage. At the national level, the initiatives will network with main stakeholders to promote the initiative and engage as one key actor in the national movement against early marriage.
Topic: Equal rights and equalityWomenWomen's rights and genderRight to social security
(#Kadiyatou_Hounna) Rawabet group in Siliana, Tunisia are leading actions to promote access to social security for women working in the agricultural sector. The group will empower a core group of women activists to conduct advocacy to the right to social security who will then be responsible to mobilize at least 300 female rural workers to also join the cause.
(#Hatta_Lwaqtash!) Rawabet Changemakers in Tunis are leading actions to promote access to the job market for persons with disabilities in the greater Tunis, Ben Arous area. This initiative will achieve its objectives through engagement with four main stakeholder groups to the problem: persons with disabilities looking for work, private sector/ employers, civil society organizations working on rights of persons with disabilities, and local authorities. Activities will address employment right of persons with disability through sensitization meetings and will engage the general public through social media.
With Her Not Against Her
In rural areas in Egypt including the target village of ''Nazlat Omara'', poverty and illiteracy are prevalent. Low socioeconomic conditions and high unemployment rates cause negative social practices such as sexual harassment in public places. In order to decrease cases of sexual harassment in the public transport station in Nazlet Omara, community action members will advocate for the presence of a group of police officers responsible for security who are sensitive to gender-based violence. A variety of advocacy activities will take place to engage the maximum number of community members including local religious and opinion leaders in addition to law enforcing representative staff in the village.
You Still Young
Topic: Early marriageEducation
The initiative is addressing girls' marriage phenomenon in Jebel al-Nathef area in Amman, Jordan as a direct violation of their right to education that they may be completely deprived of. ''You Still Young'' seeks to contribute to the reduction of this phenomenon through a series of interactive awareness sessions are being developed and implemented by a group of young leaders involved in Rawabet initiative. Part of these sessions will target a number of high school girl students in the community while the other part will target the parents, both men, and women in the community.
Your Health Matters
Topic: Early marriageHealthcare
Despite high literacy rates of education for girls, early marriage of girls (below 18 years old) remains a problem in some areas of Jordan. The legal text of article 10b of the Jordanian Personal Code permits marriage for young girls ''in case of public interest''. This phenomenon has grave consequences on girls and violation of their right to life, personal safety, and freedom. A high shchool Jabal Al Nadheef Area in Amman was selected by the group as a pilot area after they conducted an assessment of the problem among the school girls aged 12-18 years.