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This workshop brings together academics, youth activists and practitioners to explore challenges and avenues for operationalising intersectional approaches in policy and programming with adolescents, and think critically about how to connect with and support reflexive, inclusive youth activism.
Young people in lower- and middle-income countries (LMICs) have been at the forefront of socio-political movements. However, youth experiences of and opportunities for participation, voice and agency are mediated by social norms around gender, age, rurality, citizenship status and other factors. In the context of multiple intersecting crises globally, the voices of adolescents who are already marginalised and most impacted are often overlooked or inadequately engaged.
This workshop will be run as a roundtable, with youth activists and practitioners commenting on academic or practitioner presentations. We particularly welcome papers that address the following issues:
- What impact are global challenges - climate change, a dearth of sustainable transport, housing, waste, energy and land management, urban expansion, COVID-19, dysfunctional governance, political violence and displacement - having on adolescents who are particularly marginalised (on the basis of gender, class, race, ethnicity, age etc)?
- What insights do an intersectional lens offer into adolescent experiences of participation (and marginalisation)?
- How are young people responding to global challenges (eg participation at/post-COP26) and what can practitioners and policymakers do to support these efforts?
- How can an intersectional approach be integrated into programming with young people that seeks to expand their voice and agency?
- What are the implications of an intersectional approach for policy evaluation (eg in evaluating the framing of youth participation within the SDGs)?
- How meaningful are opportunities for marginalised young people to influence policy at a global level (for example, youth consultation processes and feedback loops within UN agencies)?