International Youth Day 2018

The International Youth Day (IYD), celebrated on 12th August each year, was established by the United Nations in 2000, as a means of raising awareness of issues affecting young people around the world as well as providing a platform for the celebration of Youth and their contribution in the development of society. The theme for the year 2018 is ‘Safe Spaces for the Youth’ as decided by the Secretary General of the United Nations. Taking inspiration from the 2030 Sustainable Development Goals which clearly talks about the requirement of provision of inclusive and sustainable urbanization, safe spaces reflect upon the idea of requirement of spaces wherein youth can participate and present their diverse opinions with dignity, respect and equality. It is understood that Youth needs safe spaces wherein they can engage with other young members of the society and carry out activities related to their diverse needs and interests and be able to freely express themselves and engage in decision making processes in a democratic manner. Digital Safe Spaces allows the youth to engage in meaningful interaction with other young members of the society virtually, spread across the world. The session organized was designed to make the participants understand the concept of ‘safe spaces’ especially in the Digital world.