S. Aaron Weah-Weah, III (Liberia)

Free and Fair Elections Advocate

Student government is a powerful catalyst for a lifetime of activism, no matter where you reside. Aaron Weah-Weah was student government president at his high school in Monrovia, Liberia, and continued his involvement in college, where he lobbied for the reintroduction of student political activities, which had been banned due to past student violence.…

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Ceu Bik Thawng (Burma)

Ethnic political leader

During Burma’s 2007 Saffron Revolution, hundreds of thousands of students, monks, and ordinary citizens participated in peaceful demonstrations calling for civilian and democratic rule. Though they were brutally suppressed by the military regime, the Saffron spirit survived and blossomed when the military regime began loosening its hold on power in 2010.…

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Imad Akka (Morocco)

Engaging Youth in Politics

The “Arab Spring was a turning point in the life of our NGO; we moved from a local association working on civic education and youth and women empowerment grassroots programs to a national network defending democratic change, and supporting youth economic, social, political and cultural rights,” says Imad Akka, the 30-year-old president of NED grantee  Association Jeunes pour Jeunes (AJJ).…

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Erkina Jeenbekova (Kyrgyz Republic)

Youth Advocate

When Erkina Jeenbekova was in her early twenties, she observed that the government of her native Kyrgyz Republic wasn’t responding to the concerns and needs of the country’s youth, who make up a third of the population in what is still a very traditional culture.

“Young people are the main resource for sustainable and stable development of the Kyrgyz Republic and a serious attitude toward youth will shape the future development of society and the state,” she said.…

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Adama Sylla (Guinea)

Youth Leadership Development

Adama Sylla is a powerful voice and role model for encouraging youth – and particularly young women – to actively engage in strengthening democracy across West Africa.

In 2010,  Adama’s work earned her a place at the first Young African Leaders Forum in Washington, DC, hosted by President Barack Obama and the U.S.…

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