[Event] yOUR TURN! National Youth Summit for Human Rights

yOUR TURN! National Youth Summit for #HumanRights

The Philippine Alliance of Human Rights Advocates (PAHRA) and In Defense of Human Rights and Dignity Movement (iDEFEND) together with youth partner organizations and networks shall be organizing a 2020 National Youth Summit to coincide with the 72nd year of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

This project aims to contribute to the strengthening of the people’s capacity for change, by supporting the enabling and catalyzing capacities of the youth.

Themed: yOUR-TURN (National youth Summit of Human Rights) participants shall ensure the next generation of human rights defenders who work for justice, peace and human rights, in their respective areas.

The National Youth Summit will be participated in by around 150 representatives from different youth led/oriented groups as well as like-minded individuals across the country. The Summit events include virtual as well as face-to-face sessions (with strict observance of existing health protocols) from November 28 to 30, 2020. Resource persons will come from highly reputable civil society and academic organizations, as well as human rights groups.

Here is the registration link https://bit.ly/3p0Tlq7, we hope to get a confirmation from you on or before November 15, 2020.

Should you have more questions and to confirm your participation/sponsorship/partnership kindly contact Jhay de Jesus at this email address: miko.dejesus@gmail.com, and mobile number +639561308334.


The country is facing an unprecedented public health crisis punctuated with natural and man-made calamities that exacerbate the situation of the people already living in poverty, marginalization, and violence. The erosion of democratic spaces and persecution of critical voices under authoritarian rule drastically reduced the people’s ability to raise their demands, participate in concrete action, change their condition,
and remedy their suffering.

In confronting these growing difficulties, there is a need to strengthen the people’s capacity for creative thinking, organized action and relevant responses. There is a need to increase the people’s capacity to claim and defend rights. The country’s youth in particular has a historical role in effecting social upheavals that result in the liberation of their communities from various oppressive realities. They have the biggest stake in the vision of a safe and progressive future which they will inherit and should in turn, leave their children.

This project aims to contribute to the strengthening of the people’s capacity for change, by supporting the enabling and catalyzing capacities of the youth. Tayo Ang Bukas, Nasa Atin Ang Lakas, is the youth’s battle cry against today’s repressive dispensation and a collective pledge to act to end tyranny.

PAHRA/iDEFEND together with partner youth organizations will organize a youth summit to be participated by around 150 participants across the country to commemorate the 77th anniversary of the United Nations Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

The Youth Summit shall consist of virtual as well as face-to-face sessions (with strict observance of existing health protocols) on November 28-30, 2020. During the summit, participants will be guided through an experiential learning process based on input and guidance of invited well-known resource persons, to further broaden their knowledge and acquire competences in the fields of leadership and empowerment within a human rights framework.

The Youth Summit will bring together 150 young people aged between from different youth led/oriented groups (and likeminded individuals) in the country.


· Overall: To contribute in the cultivation and empowering a new generation of human rights defenders
o To develop awareness and basic competencies (knowledge, skills, and attitudes also appreciation of Human Rights value base that respect equality freedom of choice, of speech, association and assembly, the right to dissent, respecting other’s rights) of participants in Human Rights, Diversity and Pluralism, intercultural learning and dialogue, including a critical understanding of personal and collective identities and their role in different human rights situations;
o To enable participants to share personal experiences of prevailing Human Rights issues and develop strategies in a positive and safe atmosphere of living and learning together;
o To motivate and support participants in their role as multipliers and peer leaders in promoting and defending Human Rights;
o To promote and share existing youth work practices and experiences of young people working on the protection of Human Rights in the so-called new normal or under the current COVID 19 pandemic Situations;
o To strengthen the role of the youth network in its efforts towards strengthening youth work in the field of Human Rights, social cohesion, and intercultural dialogue.

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