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Social media reflections on Youth Day: What does the day mean?

As South Africa celebrates Youth Day in commemoration of the 40th anniversary of the June 16, 1976 Soweto Uprising when students protested against the racist and unjust bantu education system, we ask what the day means to you? We look at contributions on social media to understand what the day means to South Africans as they reflect on the sacrifices made, take stock of the current state of affairs and hopes for the future.

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Angelique Kidjo and 3 African youth activist groups win Amnesty International Award

African musical icon Angelique Kidjo, who this year won her third Grammy Award is this year’s winner of Amnesty International Ambassador of Conscience Award. Kidjo shares the award with three African youth activist groups, Y’en a marre from Senegal, Le Balai Citoyen from Burkina Faso and LUCHA from DRC. The award celebrates individuals and groups who speak out for justice.

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Youth unemployment in Uganda and the deadly relationship with illegal migration, human trafficking and modern slavery.

Uganda has been plagued by high numbers of cases of human trafficking of young people to the middle east. Due to a lack of stringent laws and minimum government intervention, it continues to be a large problem. Alex Taremwa explores the high youth unemployment rate in Uganda and how it feeds this dangerous form of modern slavery.

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Will the IEC election campaign be enough to get young South Africans registered?

With the date for South African’s local elections yet to be set, and political parties yet to start their campaigns, all eyes will be on the Independent Electoral Commission (IEC) to garner the elusive youth vote and get young people registered on 5 and 6 March 2016. But with just a week to go before the 2016 local election registration weekend, the IEC may be hard pressed to convince young eligible voters that their votes matter.