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Youth rights

From housing and work, to education and health; as human beings, we are all entitled to our rights and freedoms.

For some groups of people, however, accessing these rights can become more difficult due to different factors such as age, race, gender, sexual identity or disability.

For current and future young generations, being able to access rights without discrimination or additional barriers is crucial.

The European Youth Forum strives to ensure that all young people, regardless of who they are, have full and equal access to their rights. We will always stand up #foryouthrights!


What needs to happen?

  • Young people must be recognised as rights-holders, and their rights must be protected, respected, and fulfilled.


  • Youth rights must be legally recognised through a binding International Convention on the Rights of Young People with an accompanying monitoring mechanism.


  • Policies and legislation must be rights-based and do better at tackling all grounds for discrimination, including age.

Our must read!

Would you like to learn more about youth rights and the specific challenges that young people face? In our introductory guide, we examine how we can better understand youth rights and explain how they are recognised by the United Nations, the European Union and the Council of Europe.