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International Youth Day- Intergenerational solidarity: Creating a world for all ages.

International Youth Day is celebrated worldwide on 12 August to bring youth issues to the forefront.

The 2022 theme for World Youth Day is “Intergenerational solidarity: creating a world for all ages.” The focal area of concern this year is all sorts of discrimination based on age which affect young and old people alike. If the youth suffer financially and psychologically, society at large has its impact on it.

As the world population is expected to have a surge of 2 billion in the next 30 years, our youth is a magnificent powerhouse in today’s global society. India has the largest ever adolescent and youth population globally. As per UNFPA projections, India would continue as one of the world’s youngest populations till 2030.

In their own, unique ways, today’s youth is ushering social change. Not to forget, we are the third largest HIV + population globally. In India, people in the age group of 15-29 years comprise almost 25 percent of the country’s population who account 31 percent of HIV cases.

We need to empower our youth with precise and relevant information on SRH issues, instill their healthy attitudes, and beef up their skill sets. For a futuristic nation, our youth from varied backgrounds should be more engaged in the country’s decision-making.

As per The Ministry of Statistics & Programme Implementation, the Indian population’s median age is around 28 in 2021. It’s time that our youth is not just rated as a potential vote bank and recipients of policies. Rather, they should contribute towards new and innovative solutions.
The Indian youth is intending more liberty, such that burning social issues like poverty, malnutrition, unemployment, illiteracy, corruption, and caste/religion-gender bias are addressed and eliminated for good, giving way to a reformist society. In the recent COVID waves we have seen scores of youth showing immense generosity toward social causes and we are hopeful that new India will be more caring towards each other. We need a robust youth representation in the country’s political administration too.

Data Source: https://india.unfpa.org/en

– Mou Mukherjee