International Youth Day: Young must be at centre of COVID-19 recovery

On International Youth Day, August 12, governments must be reminded to place young people at the centre of their COVID-19 recovery plans and the voices of young people must be heard.

International Youth Day is designed to give an opportunity to celebrate and mainstream young peoples’ voices, actions and initiatives, as well as their meaningful, universal and equitable engagement.

Chair of Amnesty International Australia’s Youth Advisory Group, Anita Nair, said: “The COVID-19 pandemic has highlighted the underlying inequalities which have plagued societies across the globe”.

“This International Youth Day will need to recognise the disproportionate effects the pandemic has had on young people.

“Historically we have seen that those who are present for decision making post crises have an unparalleled ability to shape the future of our societies, which is why it is vital young people have a seat at that table in Australia and around the world.

“The COVID-19 crisis affords us the opportunity to re-imagine the world we want to live in. The status quo is now unarguably different. There have always been sectors missing and marginalised in the recovery plans.”

Amnesty YAG Lead Activist Fin Spalding said: “On International Youth Day 2020 we urge governments and decision makers to include younger generations in the COVID-19 recovery plans. This is an opportunity for genuine and meaningful change – one which youth must be a part of and deliver”.