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This is Rising Minds, the platform for young people to shape conversations on the issues that impact their wellbeing.
First launched as a pop-up radio show at the Women Deliver 2023 conference, all Rising Minds episodes are now published as a resource available for all to access.
Listen now to delve into the obstacles facing today’s young people and be inspired by the solutions and stories of those leading the way.
Topics we explore:
Over 70% of young people have reported experiencing cyberbullying.
There are many challenges to navigate in the online world, from protecting online privacy to upholding freedom of expression.
Tune in to explore the solutions for creating a safer, more equitable online space where young people can fully participate in the digital age.
Did you know 1/5 children and adolescents experience a mental health challenge?
These episodes interrogate how to take action, addressing common challenges and questions surrounding the mental health of young people and ways to create a healthier future.
Adolescent Health & Wellbeing
Generations must work together to ensure young people have everything that’s needed to live with their full rights, grow in secure and healthy relationships, and reach their potential.
Hear from young people and allies on partnering with young people on what today’s youth want and need to thrive, covering some of the world’s biggest challenges, including health, resilience, education and the planet.
Meet our Rising Minds
Chepkoech Rotich is an Advocate of the High Court of Kenya with a keen interest in the intersection between emerging technologies and human rights. As an advocate, Chepkoech endeavours to leverage public interest litigation to strengthen digital rights in Kenya.
She is also a seasoned researcher with intrinsic experience in analysing contemporary digital rights issues and has most recently authored a country-level report on digital authoritarianism published by Global Voices. Chep is equally a strong digital campaigner who was an integral part of a youth-led public awareness campaign on data privacy dubbed Linda Data, where she designed a scoring methodology to gauge Kenyan digital lenders adherence to the country’s privacy laws.
In her free time, Chep loves to get lost in the worlds within books and films, currently she is reading ‘Travelling while Black’ by Nanjala Nyabola and is watching ‘Black Mirror season 6’.
Manvi Tiwari is a lived experience (LE) expert and activist, with LE of OCD and anxiety. Manvi sits on several advisory boards and councils including Generation Unlimited India’s Young People’s Action Team at UNICEF, Country Leadership Committee at the Global Mental Health Peer Network (GMHPN), Grand Challenges Canada’s Youth Advisory Board at the Being Initiative, Wellcome and Economist’s Common Metrics in Mental Health Programme (CMMHP). Manvi was also one of the youngest speakers at the World Health Summit 2022 in Berlin.
Manvi is a strong advocate for, and works to introduce intersectionality and lived experience frameworks in global approaches to mental health and wellbeing.
Amina Umuhoza is an entrepreneur, menstruation activist and champion of adolescents sexual and reproductive health in Rwanda. She is the CEO of SAYE company /dukataze – a social enterprise that designs creative tools to promote sexual and reproductive health and rights for adolescents. Together with My Period is Awesome, SAYE has opened the Kigali Menstruation Station – a safe space for adolescents to learn more about sexual and reproductive health without stigma.
Marian Abukayo Murunga
Marian Abukayo Murunga is passionate about young people and their effective participation in development processes. She has over five years of work experience in the youth space shaping policies at the local, national and international level.
Marian Abukayo Murunga has been part of the first cohort of the European Union (EU) Youth Sounding Board where together with 24young people drawn from across the globe she has played a key role in championing for youth policies’ at the global level. One of her most outstanding accomplishments is contributing to the development of the Global Youth Action Plan that was recently launched and adopted by the European Commission.
She equally represents Sub-Saharan Africa In Young Experts Tech For Health (YET4H); a global digital health ecosystem that meaningfully engages young people, catering to their unique needs and challenges, recognizing them as equal stakeholders and partners in achieving Universal Health Coverage. Here, she plays a key role in spearheading conversations around digital health among young people and advocating for digital health policies at all levels. Her greatest achievement has been to provide technical support to youth-led organizations working on issues around Digital Health in Africa and beyond.
She recently was appointed to sit in the Gender and Digital Health Advisory group in Transform Health where she will play a key role in providing strategic advice and guidance around the development of gender and digital health advocacy plans
She is currently working for Africa CDC under ‘African Union COVID-19 Vaccination Bingwa Initiative' as part of the Africa CDC’s Programme of Saving Lives and Livelihoods. Here she plays a major role in promoting and enhancing the uptake of Covid-19 vaccination through capacity building programs and community sensitization initiatives at the grassroots level.