Youth

Youth

While young people play central and catalyzing roles in movements for democracy around the world, they are less engaged than older generations in voting and party activism. As of 2016 people between the ages of 20 and 44 make up 57% of the world’s voting age population but only 26% of the world’s Members of Parliament (MPs). Young people under 30 only represent 1.9% of the world’s MP’s and more than 80% of the world’s upper houses of Parliament have no MPs aged under 30. While male MPs outnumber female MPs in every age category, gender imbalance is less pronounced among younger MPs around the world. This suggests that young men and women may be more likely to make way for new faces and voices to be represented in decision-making (Inter-parliamentary Union Youth Participation in National Parliaments, 2016). Strategies that may promote the engagement of youth in political processes include: youth quotas; legal reforms to align the voting age with the minimum age for elected officials; proportional representation electoral systems; inclusive parliaments and local governance; removal of barriers for youth electoral participation; outreach and recruitment of students by political parties; and targeted outreach to youth political candidates.

News

18.03.2016
Youth leaders gather for the first Youth Forum at the CSW
On March 11 and 12, 2016, the first ever Youth Forum at the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW) was held in New York. Organized by UN Women, YWCA, the UN Inter-agency Network on Youth Development...

iKNOW Politics Partners Resources

UNDP
Youth Participation in Electoral Processes – Handbook for Electoral Management Bodies
International Institute for Democracy and Electoral Assistance (International IDEA)
International IDEA introduces the Youth Democracy Academy
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UN Women
Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women for Youth
Inter-Parliamentary Union
IPU report shows an under-representation of youth in parliaments worldwide