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#Showyourselfie on International Youth Day!

Happy International Youth Day!

Since 2000, the world has celebrated the powerful role that young women and men play as changemakers everywhere. Youth all over the world are building the foundation of the world’s future, individually and collectively.

Today, in support of young people under 25 -- a quarter of our population -- Global Citizen is launching a new global campaign in partnership with the United Nations Population Fund!

It’s called #Showyourselfie, and it’s a visual petition for youth.

WHY #SHOWYOURSELFIE?

There are more young people in the world today than ever before. Yet, they are getting an unfair deal. Millions of young people don’t have access to basic needs and rights. Their needs are currently not seen as a priority.

These include: 

- Education

- Health services

- Access to contraception

- Comprehensive sexuality education

- Safety from violence

- Access to decent work

What does this mean for young people between the ages of 15 and 25?

-500 million youth live on less than $2 a day.

-175 million young people in poor countries can’t read a full sentence.

-Over 74 million 15-24 year olds are unemployed.

Girls are especially likely to be denied the investments and opportunities they need to realize their full potential.

-More than 500 million adolescent girls live in developing countries.

-1 in 3 girls in poor and middle income countries is married before she is 18.

-About 16 million adolescent girls give birth every year. Many of them die in the process.

This is unacceptable.

That’s why we’ve teamed up with UNFPA, because in 2015 we have an enormous opportunity to change this. But we need your support.

HOW DOES IT WORK?

#Showyourselfie is a petition with a difference. Your selfie is your personal signature, demonstrating that you believe in the power of the world’s 1.8 billion young people.

When you #showyourselfie, you can make sure that every young person has the right to determine their own future.

Over the next eighteen months, world leaders are planning the roadmap for development. This roadmap, called the Post-2015 Development Agenda, will address some of the most critical issues of our time: climate change, health, gender equality and human rights. In each of these areas, young people stand to gain and lose the most. It will determine government priorities for sustainable development for the next 15 years.

We need to send a powerful, visible message to decision-makers. As they plan our future, they must put young people in the spotlight.

Over the next several months, we will bring this campaign to every corner of the world and build an unstoppable community of people who are ready to “show their selfies”. We will present all selfies to world leaders from 193 countries when they gather to discuss the future development agenda at the United Nations in September 2014 and 2015.

1 in 4 is too many to ignore. NOW is the time to invest in young people. We must make sure that governments prioritize and invest in young people!

It’s time to put ourselves in the picture. #Showyourselfie for youth.

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Leticia Pfeffer