Promoting Yemeni Youth Civic Participation

10409236815_b958397a49_oAround the world, Equal Access is educating youth about their civic rights and empowering them to share their stories and become a voice for change. In partnership with UNICEF, Equal Access launched the “WASL Public Information Campaign” in June 2013 to amplify the voices of Yemeni adolescents through a mass media campaign and numerous public information activities. Equal Access worked closely with adolescent leaders and community members across eight governorates to promote positive attitudes towards the constructive roles adolescents can play in helping shape Yemen’s future.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAEqual Access produced 22 episodes of its radio series, Let’s Be the Best Together­, which focused on adolescent issues important to a community, such as child marriage, child laborers, and ways adolescents can play a positive role in their community’s development. These episodes were broadcast on nine local radio stations in the eight target governorates of Sana’a, Aden, Taiz, Lahj, Hodeidha, Hadramout, Dhamar, Ibb, Mareb, and Al-Iwaf. Moreover. Moreover, 17 community reporters (8 female and 9 male) from the eight governorates received training on the roles and responsibilities of community reporters such as interviewing techniques, sensitive reporting, and journalists ethics.

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In addition to radio programs, Equal Access launched several public information campaigns led by adolescents to raise awareness of youth civic participation. Such activities varied from creating posters, flyers, billboards, and wall paintings across 10 governorates to 15 promotional appearances on local TV programs to highlight the project’s activities and issues. Lastly, EA produced four short films that addressed different issues facing adolescents in Yemen, including displaced adolescents, juveniles, and child marriage. The various activities implemented during this project received public attention with mentions in more than 40 print and online news articles across the Nation.