Yemeni youth with the national flag painted on his face during revolution celebrations in the capital Sana'a
Yemeni youth with the national flag painted on his face during revolution celebrations in the capital Sana'a
Reporters / Photoshot

Yemen Youth Panel

Answers from Yemen’s youth for a country in transition.

This series of online questionnaires gives a voice to Yemeni youth about issues that matter in their lives. Their input leads to content for RNW Media platforms, its partners’ websites and local radio programmes. The issues include internet freedom, the national dialogue in Yemen, corruption, freedom of press and relations among students.

By exposing the opinions and convictions of young Yemenis and fostering free debate on Facebook, RNW Media gives them a say denied them by traditional local media.

The young Yemeni generation knows what’s going on in the world. They know how stable democracies function, what good governance means. They know how important it is to fight for equality and combat corruption. Thanks to the web.

But the older generation has grown up under totalitarian regimes and are tainted by repression and corruption. And they dominate politics, public life and the media.

About a quarter of the Yemeni population is aged 10 to 19, with 46 percent of them under 16 (Source: UNDP). Their participation is essential for a successful transition to democracy in Yemen.

Two newspapers: ‘Almasdar Daily’ and ‘Algohouriah Daily’, two radio stations: ‘Radio Shabab Sanaa’ and Shabab FM, and the youth organisation General Union of Yemeni Youth are partnering in the project. The stories generated by the youth panel are published by numerous Yemeni media organisations.

Impact

Panel stories have been republished in more 100 articles in Yemeni media.

On Facebook the stories based on the Youth Panel saw:

  • Comments: 8,595
  • Likes: 47,072
  • Shares: 4,365

The Facebook page has 88,000 + likes.

Testimonials

Related items

Relevant links