“A new wind is blowing in Africa, symbolized by the youth in their quest for democracy, good governance, ethics and justice.
Our generation will not fail because we are ready for the fight. We are awake and we keep standing.”
- Youth activist, Senegal
Kadir van Lohuizen/NOOR
The Johannesburg stock exchange is nothing like the familiar Wall Street film scenes, where frantic traders shout to secure urgent deals. It is an almost serene space, where the only evidence of million-dollar dealings is a screen displaying cryptic charts and figures.
It was in this cool heart of African capital that energetic and vocal young African activists representing women’s rights groups, LGBTI and disability organizations came together to launch our AfricaNot4Sale campaign in April.
The usually solemn market opening became a flurry of media activity and Amnesty-branded balloons. And after the launch of the day’s trading - marked in by the blowing of a kudu horn rather than the ringing of a bell - it was down to business.
Throughout the day, the stock exchange’s massive screens displayed our campaign message: that Africa’s resources and future are not for sale to the highest bidder.
Young people across the continent - regardless of age, race, religion or class - continuously demonstrate that rather than remaining victims of circumstances beyond their control, they are indeed active agents of change capable of changing their countries’ political trajectories.
The next step was for Amnesty to voice the activists’ concerns at the World Economic Forum in South Africa (3-5 June).
Together, we are pushing for human rights and youth development to define Africa’s future.
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Youth activist, Nigeria
of the continent’s unemployed are between the ages of 15 and 24
of the continent’s youth live on less than US$2 a day
out of the top 10 fastest growing world economies are in Africa