Policy Recommendations

Powering Change: Young People Leading the COVID-19 Response and Recovery – Policy Recommendations

From our discussions and engagements with young people, youth-led organisations and national organisations of the Big Six we are calling on multinational agencies and institutions, governments, policymakers and corporations to:

COVID-19 Prevention, Vaccines and Combatting Misinformation

  1. Prioritise effective, accessible
    and evidence-based risk
    communication strategies
    and community engagement

    efforts to combat the spread
    of misinformation.
  1. Empower and engage
    young people to take active
    roles in COVID-19 prevention
    and protection measures

    at local, national and
    international levels.

Mental and Physical Health

  1. Ensure equitable access
    to healthcare for children
    and young people
    regardless of background,
    gender or employment
    status, with mental health.
  1. Increase funding for
    lifesaving, youth-led
    mental health services
  2. Invest in local solutions and adaptive programming; encourage greater collaboration between non-governmental, public and private sector providers

Education disruption and employability

  1. Invest in flexible, digital-first
    and holistic approaches to
    education that combine
    effective classroom learning
    with non-formal education
    and learning solutions.
  2. Give young people access to resources including mentoring, peer-to-peer support and financial investment, so they are empowered to implement their ideas and test their own solutions.
  1. Involve young people and young leaders in intergenerational dialogue, decision-making and planning at all levels, in both policymaking and the adoption of youth-led solutions.
  2. Increase financial support for the non-profit sector, particularly non-formal education organisations, to ensure they can survive future crises and serve new community needs.

Gender inequality and combatting domestic and gender-based violence

  1. Create safe spaces for
    young women, girls and
    members of the LGBTQ+
    to share
    experiences, support one
    another and increase
    awareness of the danger
    of gender and domestic-based violence.
  2. Strengthen capacity of local organisations to be able to respond to violence reporting and monitor services and referral pathways; strengthen cyber laws and online harassment reporting schemes, with a particular focus on preventing gender-based and sexual orientation-based violence, as well as violence towards children.
  1. Recognise menstrual hygiene as a human right and combat the stigma associated with menstruation to ensure no one is prevented from accessing education, social services or other services

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