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Young Reporters at pop-up radio booth at Menell Media Exchange 2017

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World Children’s Day 2018 addressed the issue of safety and the right to live free from harm. Globally young people took a stand to make their voices heard, and use various platforms to share their opinions. Our youth reporters at our projects in Tanzania, Zambia, South Africa and Ivory Coast were involved in a number of activities.

 

In South Africa, we had two youth reporters from Alex FM host the UNICEF Facebook Live event, which addressed bullying and safety for young people. Mary-Ann Nobele and Palesa Motaung were sensitive hosts to the event hosted at Ndalo Media in Johannesburg, which was also broadcast via Facebook Live. They spoke about bullying, mental health and how young people can make powerful choices. You can see the live event video here.

In Zambia, our partners Agents of Change Foundation, along with UNICEF Zambia and Global Platform, hosted a symposium ahead of World Childrens’ Day, and facilitated the ‘kids...

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#Faces2Hearts blogger Ellie Tomassi visits Forte FM youth reporters from Children's Radio Foundation on Vimeo.

Forte Community Radio youth reporters in Alice in rural Eastern Cape of South Africa are a formidable bunch! The group, who call themselves ‘Breaking New Grounds’, recently hosted Ellie Tomassi, a young blogger with the European Union, who is visiting different countries and projects that they fund and support.

Breaking New Grounds young reporters research, produce and present their youth show every Saturday, and were visited by Ellie in Alice, where they showed her around their radio station, their town and sat down to talk to her.

If you want to read more about Ellie’s experience in Alice, and her visits to other areas of South Africa, click here.

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TRT World, a Turkish television channel showcasing international news, recently broadcast our latest video on gun violence in their Newsfeed show.

In an innovative live Skype interview with the television presenter, Monica Maubane and Maryann Nobele from Alexandra, South Africa shared their ideas and experiences as youth reporters tackling the topic of gun violence in their community. The video produced by our media partners, Makhulu about Alex FM youth reporters was also broadcast on the show.

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The ‘Bigger than Life’ young reporters from Alex FM are one of the youth reporter groups in South Africa sharing knowledge about issues like gun and gender-based violence.

On March 21st, Human Rights Day we shared this video story about Monica and her fellow youth reporters from Alex FM and the work they are doing to develop effective strategies to decrease violence and crime.

Youth reporters work with each other to draw from their own realities of gun violence and create solutions that protect the human right to live free from harm. In partnership with Gun Free South Africa and the European Union, young people in South Africa are creating the future they want for themselves and their communities.

Stay tuned for more stories from this project.

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March 1st was Zero Discrimination Day, reminding us all that stigma and discrimination still affect many communities around the world.

Zero Discrimination Day is an annual day celebrated by the UN and other international organisations. On the UNAIDS website it states: ‘No one should ever be discriminated against because of their age, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, disability, race, ethnicity, language, health (including HIV) status, geographical location, economic status or migrant status, or for any other reason.’ Unfortunately, however, discrimination continues to undermine efforts to achieve a more just and equitable world. Many people face discrimination every day based on who they are or what they do.

Zero discrimination is an integral part of UNAIDS’ vision, and this year the focus was for zero discrimination in health-care settings. ‘The right to health is a fundamental human right that includes access to...

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