We need to establishplatforms where young peoplecan voice their concerns,work towards collectivewell-being and contribute asstakeholders in the future.
PYA | KP | HIVE
Extremist movements all over the world seek to recruit members of civil society organisations because they are so dynamic. To extend their influence, acquire moral credibility, and gain supporters, extremist movements create and support voluntary associations, and often give them money. Equally, of course, they condemn, attack and try to destroy independent associations that criticise their extremist values, politics or conduct. To survive and play their role as catalysts of change and defenders of justice, civil society organisations must remain independent, trusted by the public, and organisationally sound. Community mobilisation is particularly critical, because extremist thinking can be stopped only when the public in general oppose it.
Activism can take any number of forms, from community organising to parliamentary advocacy and passive resistance. What matter are its integrity and its relevance. Young activists who work together with many others have more credibility and a stronger voice. They can also protect themselves better against intimidation and violence.