In Europe and the world today, young people are still facing challenges and barriers to accessing their rights.
As young people are moving between two stages of life – childhood and adulthood – they can be particularly vulnerable to discrimination in various forms. They often encounter difficulties in accessing education, quality employment, social protection and full access to civil and political rights, limiting their potential. Although existing human rights frameworks are universal, there still remains a need for specific protection to tackle discrimination against young people and to ensure their rights are fully recognised and protected.
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Beyond Lockdown | The ‘pandemic scar’ on young people
How can we recover from the pandemic and protect everyone's human rights? The pandemic impacted young people disproportionately, causing unemployment, poor education and mental health issues that may last beyond the pandemic. Is it too late to avoid a ‘pandemic scar’ on youth? Find out the answers in our latest report "Beyond Lockdown: The ‘pandemic scar’ on young people".
This report from the European Youth Forum examines the deep social, economic, and also mental health challenges young people are facing as a result of the Covid-19 crisis. It analyses how the pandemic and lockdown measures have already severely affected young people’s work and income, education and learning, and mental health and wellbeing. This research is based on the findings of a survey of 4,500 young people across Europe as well as focus groups to get more detailed feedback from young people on their experiences.