Established in 2009, YUWA is a registered, not for profit, purely youth run and led organisation working to promote youth participation through empowerment and advocacy. YUWA was born out of a group of committed youths, unofficially working in this sector since 2005. The initial focus was on to develop leadership skills of the involved youths or to get trained as a youth activist and advocate for change, thus resulting into a wide and diverse array of knowledge, skills and experience in this sector. It led to the realisation of the seriousness of youth issues and the need to act, which, finally took shape of YUWA.
The word “yuwa” has its root in the Nepali language referring youth. True to its meaning, its executive body of decision makers include youths between the age-group of 16 to 27 only. Since its formal establishment, YUWA has concentrated upon the holistic youth issues and is especially working in 5 thematic issues namely Active Citizenship, HIV and AIDS and SRHR, Environment and Sustainable Development, Economic Initiation and Innovation & Glocal Information Access. With its strong networking, good leadership and youth friendly environment, YUWA has provided a platform for youth to explore themselves and to discuss and act on global and local issues.
YUWA’s decision-makers include youth between the age group of 16 to 27 only. It is governed and run by youth of the same age. However, it also aims to create youth-adult partnership in several issues. YUWA is committed to working with and for youths regardless of their origin, area, ethnicity, race, religion and political belief. We believe in and maintain “unity in diversity” and “diversity in unity”.
YUWA envisions a situation whereby youth, as indispensible change agents, are valued partners in decision making at all levels.
YUWA intends to fulfil this vision by:
- Empowering youth to participate in glocal issues and sustainable and intergenerational partnership
- Advocating for greater youth participation at all levels.
- To provide common platform for young generation, discourses and innovation.
- To encourage and facilitate meaningful youth participation in decision making.
- To promote Y culture symbolising young people as agents of social change.
- To recognise and enhance intergenerational partnership at large
For more information about YUWA, visit: http://www.yuwa.org.np/