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My Rights, My Voice engages marginalised children and youth as active citizens and supports them as they claim their rights to health and education services.
Access to free quality health care and education services is crucial in breaking the cycle of poverty, ending inequality, and in supporting young people to fulfil their potential and transform their communities.
However, many developing countries are not on course to meet the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) relating to universal education, child healthcare, HIV and AIDS, or maternal mortality. Not only are the basic needs of children and young people often not met, these diverse groups are rarely listened to, often manipulated, and disenfranchised as legitimate rights-holders. My Rights, My Voice is a global initiative that aims to address this.
The My Rights, My Voice global programme is funded by the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (Sida).
My Rights, My Voice has a number of key objectives:
The programme is being implemented in eight countries: Mali, Niger, Tanzania, Georgia, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Nepal and Vietnam. In each country, the project activities and focus are adapted to suit the local conditions and experiences of children and young people.
As we celebrate International Youth Day, Weifane Ibrahim explains how young people are leading change in rural Niger with the support of Oxfam's My Rights, My Voice project.
For over 40 years now, UNESCO has been celebrating International Literacy Day by reminding the international community that literacy is a human right and the foundation of all learning.
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