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Youth Speak Loudest in Global Development Survey

Youth in Rwanda fill out the MY World survey. Credit: Mark Darrough/Girl Hub Rwanda

By Sudeshna ChowdhuryIPS

UNITED NATIONS, May 28 2013 (IPS) - Kanny Daylop, a legal practitioner and consultant from Nigeria, recalls her encounter with a woman named Joy.

“She was young, probably a teenager,” Daylop said.

"It is a useful guide for us but the conversation has to be far more holistic and far more real." -- NFI's Amitabh Behar

Contrary to her name, Joy’s life was filled with hardship. She became pregnant and dropped out of school. Her parents threw her out of their house. Since then, she has been working as a seamstress to earn money to take care of herself and her unborn child.

Joy wants a better life for herself.

“Education and then healthcare are her topmost priorities,” Daylop said.

As a youth advocate for the United Nations Millennium Campaign (UNMC), Daylop interacted with many women like Joy as well as hundreds of Nigerians who participated in “MY World”, a United Nations global survey where citizens from all over the world are voting on issues they think are important in their lives.

The survey results will be used for the future development agenda of the U.N. after the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) end in 2015.

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Original Source: Inter Press Service

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