Join with Amnesty International in their campaign; Africa is not for sale

What’s happening?

In Africa, the continent with the youngest population on the planet, poverty, inequality and unemployment are on the rise. The continents leaders like to speak of an “Africa Rising” – about economic and corporate success, but when it comes to the future of the continent and humanity as a whole, young people are often left out of the conversation.

“Youth aged between 15 and 24 make up roughly 60% of the continent’s unemployed, while 72% of African youth live in extreme poverty on less than US$2 per day.”

Things are starting to change, because the youth of Africa are now standing up for themselves and going after the future they want, and they need our help.

“Africa’s young people are calling on multinational corporations and African leaders to stop auctioning off their future in the name of impressive economic growth. #AfricaNot4Sale”

Amnesty International’s campaign

In April, Amnesty International worked with young African activists representing women’s rights groups, LGBTI and disability organisations to launch the #AfricaNot4Sale campaign. At the Johannesburg stock exchange, throughout the day, the screens displayed their campaign message: that Africa’s resources and future are not for sale to the highest bidder. Together, they are pushing for human rights and youth development to define Africa’s future. They are demanding that Africa’s youth be included as part of decision making processes, especially on human rights issues that directly impact their future.

“Young people across the continent – regardless of age, race, religion or class – continuously demonstrate that rather than remaining victims of circumstances beyond their control, they are indeed active agents of change capable of changing their countries’ political trajectories.”

Supporting Amnesty International

The Wishing Well was established in 2010 to offer children in out-of-home care, such as foster care and residential care, a range of healing and treatment options usually not accessible as a free therapy in mainstream health.

The Wishing Well raises funds to enable children and young people to access developmentally-appropriate and trauma-informed treatments shown to be highly effective in dealing with severe trauma and neglect. These therapies respond to the unique needs of each child and young person.

The Wishing Well is a not-for-profit incorporated charity organisation, established and managed by people seeking to improve outcomes for children and young people in out-of-home care and their families. The Wishing Well recognises the importance of the act of giving. We recognise the significance of the participation of community members and all donations are most appreciated.

The Wishing Well operates ethically, effectively and empathically with a view to achieving quality outcomes and a satisfying working environment, and as such we support organisations that encompass similar ideals.

The Wishing Well gratefully receives donations, funding and resources through bequests, corporate partnerships, fundraising events, grants, online donations and other fund raising activities. Money donated to The Wishing Well enables traumatised children access to healing therapies. Please see our website for more information:

http://thewishingwell.org.au/

How you can help

Join with Amnesty International and support the campaign to help the youth of Africa:
https://www.amnesty.org/en/get-involved/take-action/africa-not-4-sale/

 

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