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.



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  • Individuality in a 30 under 30 World

    Living in the 21st century; an age of technological enlightenment and landmark strides in all fields of life imaginable, young people find themselves in a constant state of stimulation and inspiration. Added to that, exists the constant social pressures of finding oneself a clear cut life path and set career goals in an age where 30 under 30 is the latest trend.

  • 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.

  • Young people suffer the most as they experience feelings of guilt and helplessness, of not being able to change the situation. Growing up in a violent environment may also lead to isolation. The stigma attached to issues revolving around domestic violence is far too high that many refuse to talk about it. As a coping mechanism, some may even attempt suicide or turn to substance abuse.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • As big a role the government has to play in fixing the issue of high youth unemployment, the private sector plays and will continue to play an equally important role.

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