June 20, 2022 General / newsletter 0 Comment

Young African Defenders in Action (YADA), an initiative by the AHRN Foundation, stands as a prominent pan-African youth network committed to the advancement and safeguarding of human rights, while also fostering a culture of non-violence among youth groups. Despite the commendable efforts of young activists in driving transformative shifts across Africa, their meaningful participation in decision-making processes remains insufficient. Encouraging their non-violent endeavors becomes imperative to mitigate the risk of resorting to violent measures.

This network is currently established across eighteen (18) African countries

YADA aims therefore to :

  • Build the capacity of young human rights defenders and their groups across Africa;
  • Connect young defenders and promote exchange amongst young activists and youth leaders working on similar initiatives;
  • Raise awareness on the role of youth in building peace and promoting human rights in Africa;
  • Provide lobby and advocacy efforts for the youth initiatives in promoting human rights, conflicts prevention and peacebuilding.
  • Promote interactions between young defenders and avoid fake news among youths;
  • Encourage governments and other stakeholders to involve youth in their programmes and activities
  • Provide young defenders with digital tools they need to continue their human rights work

For further information, please visit the YADA Network’s website