Egyptian holding 'The Socialist' newspaper
Egyptian holding 'The Socialist' newspaper
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Why we exist

RNW Media focuses on young people aged between 15 and 30 who live in fragile or repressive states that are usually going through civil unrest and conflict. These young people often represent the majority of their country’s population, yet they’re ignored and denied crucial information and services. They want to speak freely, have conversations about what really matters to them – both personally and politically – and find the information they need to make their own choices about their future.

RNW Media feels that these young people are ignored by the people in power, their governments, and even by NGOs in the sector. They aren’t seen as the crucial stakeholders they are – with their own needs, priorities and aspirations. There are more young people in the world than ever before; out of a global population of seven billion, there are about 1.8 billion young people aged between 15 and 30. Almost 90% of them live in developing and emerging countries.

RNW Media backs the ambitions of young people’s opinion leaders and change-makers to not accept the world as it is, but to shape it differently: with fewer gatekeepers and more inclusiveness. This group normally builds up loose communities that are issue-driven; they also don’t necessarily aspire to become members of an organisation. But they do want to contribute to change.

 

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