In all my other blogs I have talked about the harsh outcomes of the many inequalities in the world. I have talked about gender inequality, sexual orientation inequalities and income inequalities, all of which had unpleasant outcomes. I am a very positive person and it can take a lot to break my optimistic personality, but I will admit, reading all of these articles about inequalities have really damaged my high expectations on humanity. I mean, I have been reading and reporting about rape, brutal attacks and murder, and all due to income, sex, and sexual preferences.
This week I decided to take a different path. I wanted to not just hear and report about inequalities but I wanted to read about what people were doing to help the mass amounts of inequality. An UN-Habitat has been doing research on the actions and inequalities of their youth in their report: “The State of the Urban Youth India 2013: Employment, Livelihood, Skills.” This research was developed by IRIS Knowledge Foundation and brought out and about by Narotam Sekhsaria Foundation. What this study did was address the status of youth in urban India by focusing on their health, politics, law, hobs, education, gender, migration and other areas of opportunities in the country.
Just a few background facts about UN. One in every three people in Urban India is a youth. In saying that, in less than ten years, India’s median age will be 29, making it the youngest nation in the world. We often hear about enstealing certain qualities in the younger generations because they are the ones that can change things for the future. That is UN’s goal. The growing inequalities in UN, just as any other country, has two out comes. It may bring about huge masses of violence or it may produce an “entrepreneurial flowering.” The second choice is obviously the goal UN is striving for. In this particular report, it suggests that each state needs to develop and put into action a “youth policy.” They want to provide more formal youth training for job opportunities to ensure work in the work force. There will be large numbers of the working population and India could take advantage of the “demographic” dividend. This would result in an economic growth.
UN is taking a growing problem, researching it, along with the economy and finding ways to fix their economic inequalities. They are taking their youth and educating them about the work force and the economy to emit changes. I think this is awesome. Often times we see that the generations are getting lazier and lazier, with no motivation to help their future, themselves or others. So, sometimes they need that little push and UN is pushing them by trying to create a youth policy. It is one thing to dwell on the inequalities of the world and point fingers, and it’s a different ballpark when one steps up to make things better.
Hannah Bay Snider