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Let’s Organise!

Johanna Nyman

Johanna Nyman is the President of the European Youth Forum. Johanna has a long background in youth organizations. She joined the scouts at the age of twelve and held various positions within the Scouts and Guides of Finland. She was an activist in the school student movement, and acted as Vice-Chair of the Swedish-Speaking School Student Union of Finland. She did previously serve as President of Allianssi’s international committee. In 2013-2014 she was a board member of the YFJ.


The question I keep asking myself is, ai???where are we goingai???? Over recent months we have been hit by one horrible event after another. Hundreds of thousands of refugees are seeking refuge in Europe because of unbearable living conditions, the further rise of extremism, populism and racism and an on-going decline in peopleai??i??s access to rights and wellbeing. And then Brexit, of course: I do respect that democracy has spoken, but the campaign was built on such misleading facts by the leave campaign that they, at times, seemed to make a mockery of democracy itself. My intention here is not to share with you my thoughts on the ai???cross roads which Europe stands atai???, but to express some thoughts about the society I would want to see and to live in.

I think it is crucial that all Europeans get to know each other and they do not isolate themselves in old ways of thinking and small bubbles. I donai??i??t only mean people meeting across national borders, but the borders that exist within our communities, cities and between different groups in society. Seeing the person, not the stereotype and the prejudice, and learning to know this other person, is crucial to combatting so much of the hatred, fear and racism that we face today. A great way of doing this is engaging in civil society organisations, reaching beyond our normal spheres and interacting with people from different backgrounds. But for this to work, civil society organisations always need to find new strategies to reach out to ever more young people and make sure they do not isolate themselves in a cosy atmosphere of sameness.

The second element that is oh-so crucial is to start paying real attention to the wellbeing of all people living in Europe.

Our access to social, economic, civil, cultural and political rights – our human rights – must be ensured.

And here I deliberately include everyone in Europe, not only the people that are European citizens, because we are in this together. A society where people, not least young people, are increasingly shut out of the democratic processes and our access toAi??employment, education, housing and healthcare is constantly under threat, will not function in the long run. Policies creating division, misery and harming wellbeing will also create hatred, isolation and aggression and this is something we are already witnessing today. I want to scream at the top of my lungs: do something about it! Live up to our supposed European values, honour our commitments to human rights, solidarity and equality!

In this special, annual edition of YO!Mag you can read about the main events of the year and some reflections on the big changes happening in our society. It addresses the situation of young refugees entering Europe and how these young people coming to Europe can be a resource for and have a positive impact on society. In an interview with the MEP Brando Benifei the issue of unpaid internships and how these should be banned is addressed. Unpaid internships directly link to autonomy of young people and how inequality is spread through this practice where only the people who can afford to work for free will get the necessary experience to get the sought-after jobs. There is also a reflection on the life after Brexit and how to ensure young peoples rights in the aftermath of the referendum. This is indeed a question relevant not only to young people from the UK, but to our entire generation. This is a question about how we are heard and represented in society and the Brexit negotiation and young peopleai??i??s role in it might set a precedent for the future involvement of young people, I hope this will be a positive precedent!

In short, this is a YO!Mag about a Europe that is changing around us. But one thing is sure and that is if we do not shout, ask, write letters and force our way into meetings and vote and write petitions and boycott and meet decision makers and organise ourselves and make our voice heard, these changes will continue to happen in a direction that is not positive for our generation and neither for Europe as a whole.Ai??So: letai??i??s organise! Viagra Caps buy online, order lioresal. buy sildenafil online, buy clomid online baclofen no rx, online Zoloft. . compra viagra on line. glucophage online.

Johanna Nyman

Johanna Nyman is the President of the European Youth Forum. Johanna has a long background in youth organizations. She joined the scouts at the age of twelve and held various positions within the Scouts and Guides of Finland. She was an activist in the school student movement, and acted as Vice-Chair of the Swedish-Speaking School Student Union of Finland. She did previously serve as President of Allianssi’s international committee. In 2013-2014 she was a board member of the YFJ.

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