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UN Migration Youth and Childrens Platform (MYCP)

Stolen Dreams and the Youth For Freedom Collective were appointed by the UN Migration Youth and Children Platform (MYCP) to act as the “Contemporary forms of Slavery and Trafficking in Persons Specialist”. Our mandate involves supporting, facilitating and improving the full, effective, meaningful and substantive participation and leadership of youth, in all our diversity, in relevant efforts and processes across the UN system, and beyond.

The UN Migration Youth and Children Platform (MYCP) is a self-organized space for children and youth (up to 31 years old) to contribute to and engage in certain intergovernmental and allied policy processes at the United Nations and realize our collective right to meaningful youth engagement as enshrined in the Declaration of the Rights of the Child and other UN compacts.

MYCP’s work so far with their key allies – IOM and UNICEF – has shown the potential of young people’s participation in decision-making.

Since 2018 MYCP have taken the lead on consulting with youth stakeholders around the world and engaged them in the key areas where migration issues are discussed – the Global Compact on Migration (GCM) and the Global Forum on Migration and Development (GFMD).

To learn more about MYCP and how you can get involved, click here.

It is no secret that gender inequalities are deeply rooted in our global socio-economic and political structures, societies, and systems. Nearly all dimensions of life have been constructed in this way – created to maintain power imbalances and uphold patriarchal ideas. Gender inequality is about history, structural racism, economics and of course, climate change. All huge topics that have hundreds of years of theories, work, data, research, and cultural context to them.

As has been familiar discourse, crises that induce migration, from conflict to climate disproportionately impact women and girls. Women and girls have the odds stacked against them from birth, and therefore, their security is disproportionally compromised.

The impacts of climate change subsequently deepen these gender inequalities, creating what is effectively a vicious cycle.

Read more below.