2017: A Restless year

As we race towards January 1 2018, it seems like the right time to reflect on what has been another incredible year at Restless Development.

The word ‘Youthquake’ may be nonsense (we’ve never used it before either), but young people have done a lot this year. They have been making change, delivering impact and holding leaders to account across communities, parliaments and at the UN.

There has been so much to celebrate across our global agency this year, thanks to all the inspiring young people who have devoted time and energy to creating positive change around the world in the last 12 months.

In order to develop the full picture of what’s happened, we asked our global network of young people to pick their favourite moment of their Restless year and share it with us on social media using #MyRestless2017.

Those highlights, along with a few of our own, are posted below for you to enjoy!

Thank you for sharing your incredible moments and remember to keep sharing your stories using  #MyRestless2017.

Eva won her campaign to bring water to her community

Campaigners ended child marriage in a Nepalese village

Youth Stop AIDS campaigners took control at the UK Parliament

Lord Jack McConnell with Youth Stop AIDS campaigners

Hundreds of people attended our Youth Decide events in the UK

Young women fought discrimination on the streets of Delhi

Young campaigners rebelling against menstruation huts got the attention their fight deserves

ICS volunteers continued to change the world after their placement

Read Sian’s story here. Find out about Lewis’ new campaign here. Lauren had this to say about creating peace, while Usaama volunteered in Greece and Maryam spoke out about life as a young Muslim in the UK.

Young Ugandans led change in their community

Our youth advocates spoke out for young people at the UN

Yes, a lot happened this year. If this is what we achieved in 2017, just imagine what we can achieve in 2018. Let’s do this.

If you want to join us in making change, take a look at the  ICS and Youth Power pages of our website.

Written by Ciaran Sneddon, who sits in the UK comms team at Restless Development. Thanks to everyone who sent in their ideas for highlights of the year!


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2017: A Restless year

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