Advisory Council on Youth of the Council of Europe
"I believe that it was a wise choice (or accident) to drive myself from law practice into youth work and youth policy. My interest in this field started from being involved in human rights education with children and young people. I have always enjoyed grassroots work that enabled me to taste the pleasure of bringing theory into reality.
Years of direct work with young people encouraged me to devote myself to making positive policy changes in favor of young people on the national level, supporting youth work development with state and non-governmental stakeholders.
Being a board member and one of the founders of the Youth Social Rights Network brought completely new, increased dimension to my work – supporting the improvement of access to social rights of young people on a broader, international level.
The membership of the Advisory Council on Youth, on behalf of the Youth Social Rights Network, will contribute to the process and desire of Council of Europe of making young people heard, understood and empowered. This is an important process that undoubtfully benefits all of us and a process I want to be involved."
The Vice President of the Youth Social Rights Network, Ms. Maria Roidi, will represent Youth Social Rights Network in the Advisory Council on Youth of the Council of Europe. She will be our voice in the Programming Committee on Youth for the period 2016-2017 and be leading and following the dossiers:
1) Implementation of the Recommendation CM/Rec(2015)3 of the Committee of Ministers to member States on the access of young people from disadvantaged neighbourhoods to social rights
2) Congress ad hoc working group on local youth participation together with two competent young people Valentine Dupouey from the ESN and Alice Barbier from the WAGGS.
The new Advisory Council on Youth met for the first time during the past 3 days at the European Youth Centre Budapest. The 30 representatives of youth organizations are going to work together for the next 2 years to ensure that young people are involved in other activities of the Council of Europe and make the voice of young people heard in the 47 Council of Europe member states.
More on the Advisory Council here