WYA at the UN: 58th Commission for Social Development

The 58th Commission for Social Development concludes with resolution on homelessness

WYA welcomes language in the resolution encouraging Member States to provide dignity education. However, contention over a health paragraph in a separate resolution on economic development in Africa raises concerns over respect for international consensus in reproductive health policies. Learn more about the commission through the WYA Advocacy team’s weekly coverage and the statement delivered by advocacy fellow Faith Kabora on behalf of WYA.

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2020 Manhattan International Film Festival Finalists Announced

WYA is happy to announce the top ten films that have qualified as finalists for the 8th Manhattan International Film Festival (MIFF). This year’s line up boasts of young filmmakers from Greece, the United States, Lebanon, and the United Kingdom. Official winners will be revealed during the March 2 festival screening in New York City.

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WYA Statement on He Jiankui and ‘gene-edited babies’

News broke in 2019 that researchers led by He JianKui, a Chinese scientist, claimed that two babies had been born following gene editing. He claimed that the edits, made on children with at least one HIV-positive parent, would make them resistant to HIV. WYA believes that each human being possesses intrinsic dignity from conception until natural death, and that it is the utmost responsibility of the family, with society, to ensure that human beings are not reduced to commodities, including by the research community, and even when seemingly well-intentioned.

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Meeting the 2020 Viktor Frankl Awardees

Holocaust survivor Viktor Frankl marked his place in history by teaching us how to live in excellence no matter the circumstance. This year an award named after his legacy will be presented to 6 amazing WYA members from the Philippines, Kenya, Spain, Mexico, Lebanon, and the United States of America. Read on to learn more about them!

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Portugese Assembly Advances Euthanasia Bill

WYA is deeply concerned by a vote that took place Thursday, 20 February, in which the Portugal’s legislature, the Republican Assembly, advanced legislation to legalise euthanasia and assisted suicide. The next step is for a parliamentary committee to consolidate the five similar proposals into one bill before it can be considered to be adopted as a whole.

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Upcoming Events and Programs

February 27: WYA Africa Dignity Forum | JKUAT Karen Law School

April 26: WYA Asia Pacific Summer Internship Application Deadline | Manila, Philippines

June 3 – 7: WYA Europe Emerging Leaders Conference | Brussels, Belgium

WYA Around the World

Africa

WYA Africa Holds a HDC Teacher Refresher

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Europe

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WYA North America Joins 47th Annual March for Life

WYA North America Attends Youth Assembly Opportunities Fair

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