Does COVID-19 affect everyone the same?

Does COVID-19 affect everyone the same?

A few weeks ago, who would have thought that one third of the world would now be facing the completely new and unexpected situation of self-isolating and national lockdown? The coronavirus outbreak, recently described by the World Health Organization as a pandemic, is probably the greatest crisis of our generation. Health workers are giving their best on the frontline of this global fight. Scientists are making every effort to discover an effective vaccine. Governments struggle not to show impotence, by taking appropriate measures and giving the much needed practical advice to the public, without creating panic, which the mainstream media manifestly manage to grow quite sufficiently. Schools, universities, businesses and factories are being shut down and the general public is quarantined, under great stress, since the biggest part of the population is forced to working from home, or worse, not working at all. In these uncertain and challenging times, it is crucial that we stand up for each other and that all citizens remain healthy, both physically and mentally, as well as politically empowered. Although COVID-19 doesn’t discriminate on who it is going to infect, it does underline the inequalities in our societies, as we do not have the same recourses to cope with it. Certain groups of people struggle more than others, like in every crisis. Novel coronavirus is not only a public health threat, but a social and financial crisis. The most vulnerable of our communities are going to suffer the most because of the pandemic. How are all the precarious workers, young people in the gig economy, unsecured immigrants, and asylum seekers going to withstand the...
OPEN CALL FOR ABSTRACTS

OPEN CALL FOR ABSTRACTS

IARS is organizing a writing competition as part of the Community Outreach to contribute to the intellectual outputs of the Youth Empowerment and Innovation Project (YEIP). We are interested in broadcasting European voices of young people, focusing on the topics that matter to them. YEIP aims to tackle radicalisation through youth empowerment and social inclusion. Articles will be published in the youth-led magazine 99% . We will select the best blog posts to be edited by Dr. Gavrielides and published in our annual magazine to be launched at IARS International Conference at the University of East London. You can write about any angle that you want but you will have more chances to get published if you cover a topic that hasn’t been covered. We are specially interested in the topics below *Environmental activism and youth radicalisation. Extinction rebellion. (worldwide) *Youth radicalisation and Facebook. Analytica case. (worldwide) *Youth radicalisation and social media. The twitter case. (worldwide) *Gender issues and radicalisation – focus on the Incel movement, Gamegate and extreme feminism (worldwide) *LGTB communities facing radical resistance (worldwide) *Poverty and youth radicalisation (UK/EU/worldwide) *Challenges of different faiths and radicalisation (EU/worldwide) *Positive case studies of de-radicalisation (UK/EU/worldwide) *Entrepreneurship projects to tackle youth radicalisation. (UK/EU/worldwide) The following topics have ALREADY been allocated to a young writer *Youth radicalisation and social media. Focusing on Instagram. (worldwide) *Restorative justice as an approach to combat youth radicalisation (UK) *White supremacist and youth radicalisation (USA) *Islamic radicalisation in british youth (UK) *Poverty and youth radicalisation (UK) *Mental Health and radicalisation (European/Worldwide) *Schools and their approaches in tackling youth radicalisation (UK) We want to give you as...
Survey of youth NGOs and networks in Europe is now open

Survey of youth NGOs and networks in Europe is now open

The survey is being carried out by Ecorys, an independent research organisation, on behalf of the European Commission. It forms part of a study on the changing landscape of youth representation in the EU (EAC/17/2019). The aims are: to map EU youth NGOs and networksto assess the contribution and impact of EU fundingto identify the new trends in youth participation; and,to make future funding recommendations. The survey should take around 15-20 minutes to complete online. Taking part is voluntary, and your data will be treated as confidential. The findings will be published in a final report, to inform the rollout of the EU Youth Strategy (2019-27). You may start the survey by clicking on the link below. Should you be unable to complete all the survey in one sitting please don’t hesitate to return back to the survey at any time by clicking on the link below: Start survey The survey will remain open until Friday 16th August 2019. If you have any queries or require any technical help please don’t hesitate to contact us...
EUROPEAN YOUTH LEADING THE WAY  FOR EMPLOYMENT & EDUCATION

EUROPEAN YOUTH LEADING THE WAY FOR EMPLOYMENT & EDUCATION

International youth conference to be held by the IARS International Institute at Lewisham College on the 16th and 17th July. The conference shall bring together young people with European and British key decision makers, academics, teachers, policymakers and youth agencies to tackle the issues of opportunity and enterprise, whilst equipping young participants with the skills they need to succeed. The conference is free for students and youth workers and is supported by the European Commission’s Erasmus+ programme. Youthpass and CPD accredited event. Dr. Theo Gavrielides, IARS Founder and Director, said: “We look forward to welcoming as many young people and decision makers as possible to this international and timely event. At a critical point in time for the UK and Europe, we hope that our youth-led approach and the Erasmus project results that we will be launching will help alleviate poverty and disadvantage for our young people”. By providing access to prominent policymakers, educationalists and employers, young people will pitch their questions to those directly at the heart of Europe’s youth unemployment crisis. Speakers include Simon Chambers policy lead at the British Council, Janet Daby MP, renowned academics and members of IARS Youth Advisory Board.  “The UK’s membership of the European Union has offered opportunities for learning, training and employment for hundreds of thousands of young people. Programmes like Erasmus+, the Mutual Recognition of Professional Qualifications and freedom of movement have helped give meaning to aspiration and social mobility for generations of young people who feel they are truly European citizens. With uncertainty at its height it is vital that we fight to protect or replicate these benefits and...

6th Research & Youth Leadership Awards 2019

[ Awards 2019 Awards 2016 Awards 2015 Awards 2014 Awards 2013 Awards 2012 Sponsors & Supporters 2019 Celebrating youth participation and leadership in research and social problem-solving The IARS International Institute is delighted to announce the nominees and winners of the 6th Annual Research and Youth Leadership Awards! The Community Leader Award Nominees: Nazreen Khan, Nicholas Nicou, Nathalie Grigorenko, Alda Daci, Leila Omari Winner: Nicholas Nicou The Partnership of the Year Award Nominees: Simon Whiteley and the Tideway Organisation,  The Chess in Schools and Communities (CSC) Winner: The Chess in Schools and Communities (CSC) The Peacemaker of the Year Award Nominees: Mohamed Abdelwahab, Student Organization Cuuna of Cambridge University, 4Front Project, Our Future – Our Choice Youth Organisation, LeapConflict Organization & Naomi Lunguma Winner: Naomi Lunguma The Youth Research Project Award Nominees: Ancient House Teenage History Club, Victoria Pérez Fernández, Aidan Chase-McCarthy, Laura de Nuzzo, Bizzie Bodies Winner: Aidan Chase-McCarthy The Youth Digital Award Nominees: Sanjeev Sandhu, Bizzie Bodies, Gal-Dem Magazine  Winner: Sanjeev Sandhu The 99% Campaign Young Journalist Award Nominees: Preetii Bali, Calum Paton, Girum Chala Winner: Calum Paton Since 2012, the IARS International Institute has been running its own annual awards aiming to celebrate and reward cutting edge research and youth leadership from around the world. The Awards began as a response to the 2011 riots. Their aim is to recognise and reward outstanding young people and projects that contribute to our mission of a fairer society in which everyone is given a chance to actively participate in social problem solving. Following 5 consecutive successful Awards Ceremonies, IARS will maintain this tradition and once more celebrate young people who are...

99% Campaign Magazine

The 4th Edition of the 99% Campaign Magazine is nearly here! We are extremely thrilled to announce that the 4th Edition of the 99th Campaign Magazine is on its way. The magazine ultimately aims to dispel any negative stereotypes of young people by providing them with a platform where they are able to express their thoughts and feelings freely. In this edition, our talented young writers focused on the very contemporary issues in today’s society such as Brexit and its lasting impact on young people. This publication enables young people to expound their standing concerns relating to employment, social care, education, or even the uncertainty of their residence status, as discussions on the extent to which Brexit will change our lives continue. This magazine also illustrates several ways in which young people can express their opinions and concerns to the wider public through mediums such as social...