The 'UNLOCKED' Project

UNLOCKED is a space for Sri Lankan youth to express their views and opinions on development with the aim of creating positive change in the world. The views expressed in the blogs are solely those of the authors. UNDP Sri Lanka does not represent or endorse the views expressed in these blogs.

 

 

The UNLOCKED Project is an initiative by UNDP Sri Lanka, following the launch of the National Human Development Report 2014 on Youth and Development.

 

 

Read all the UNLOCKED blogs:

  • We have, in the past, dwelled on what divides us, instead of focusing on what can bring us together. This has been the case not only in Sri Lanka, but perhaps throughout human history.

  • A large part of the issue is that many think of street harassment as a trivial matter - harmless, even humorous. We have become so used to it happening around us that this has suddenly turned into the norm, and even to report it seems silly. But why should I or any other young woman be walking with fear? Why are we altering our lives such that we are left with no choice but to become invisible? We deserve to be respected.

  • It is clear that we have an unfair hierarchy in our system of education, where the Arts and the Humanities are often placed right at the very bottom, both in terms of prestige and employability. Every child should study what he or she really wants to study & every child should have a shot at living his/her dream and an opportunity to live a comfortable life doing what they love.

  • Each week here at UNDP brings in something new and something totally unexpected. We started off the week with just the three of us, as Isuru was away in New York attending his graduation, and it was interesting to see how the absence of one teammate was akin to missing a vital organ! Nonetheless we powered through our meetings and events, trying to provide the innovation of four LEADS with just the three of us. One of the biggest events of the week was a panel discussion organized by the UNDP centered on the 19th Amendment.

  • A month gone and a wealth of knowledge accumulated! Week 5 was by far the most inspiring thus far because we managed to meet many young and empowered, yet often unheard, youth. Of course, the highlight of our week was attending Dialog Ideamart’s IdeaBash 2015 held at the Dialog Future World

  • Being selected as one of the four UNDP Youth Leads is definitely one of the best news I have ever heard. While the opportunity to work for the UNDP is definitely something that would excite anyone, what truly excited me, as well as the rest of the team, was what our new assignment consisted of. It presented us with the opportunity to work with the UNDP and the clusters within it to come up with innovative initiatives and solutions that would benefit all Sri Lankans, especially our young peers.

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