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Pakistan: Youth for Change

by Mary Ferreira

Lahore, Pakistan – Some 10,000 youth — men and women — are part of a growing movement for change in Pakistan.

Punjab University students

Punjab University students

Led by Abrar ul-Haq, Chairman, the group is known as the Youth Parliament of Pakistan or YPP. Abrar told UN TV multimedia producer, Mary Ferreira, “I have a vision to empower the youth of Pakistan with an ability to understand the importance of their role in society.”

YPP is a non-profit, non-political, non-religious programme fostering and translating talent and excellence of adolescents and youths of Pakistan into tangible action and community service. Now young people affiliated with this non-governmental organization or NGO are raising their voices and demanding change from provincial parliamentarians. Their hope is that local leaders will support their views and take their proposals to the federal level in Islamabad.

Cafetaria at Punjab University

Cafetaria at Punjab University

Two main proposals were put forward by YPP members dealing with constitutional change and new educational curricula. Some of YPP’s activities included a week long series of televised debates for broadcast later this month.

The activities of YPP recently caught the attention of the United Nations Democracy Fund (UNDEF) which is supporting the participation of youth in democratic processes around the world. 21st Century video coming soon.

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