International Mother Language Day

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If you talk to a man in a language he understands, it goes to his head If you talk to him in his language, that goes to his heart
- Nelson Mandela

Language is an essential aspect of our everyday lives; we tour the world through language. It facilitates communication, builds our collective interests and to date, remains the oldest known form of preserving our culture and tradition. It is what we stand for, it is our identity.

Today, we observe the International Mother Language Day, a day through which we promote awareness of linguistic and cultural diversity. This day represents the year 1952 where the students of Dhaka University in Pakistan were shot and killed by the police. Their only crime was in protesting for the recognition of their language Bengali, in modern day Bangladesh, which at the said time was part of and ruled by Pakistan. Since February 2000, the lives of these students have been commemorated in honor of their sacrifice while fighting to establish a rightful place for their language in society.

In honor of this day, we, at World Assembly of Youth (WAY), hope to bring more awareness to this issue and implore society to embrace mother languages worldwide. Youth today should work towards preserving this priceless gift from our ancestors, and promote respect for linguistic and cultural diversity.

We would like to reiterate our appreciation of the beauty and splendor of mother language, it is what makes us unique. It is a symbol of our cultural diversity, broadens youth capacity to imagine, explore and experience one another's cultures. We at WAY would like to wish all young people A HAPPY INTERNATIONAL MOTHER LANGUAGE DAY.

Let us make this day, a day where the beauty of mother language blooms in all the hearts of young people.

World Day of Social Justice

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In matters of truth and justice, there is no difference between large and small problems, for issues concerning the treatment of people are all the same.
- Albert Einstein

Social Justice is the ability people have to realize their potential within society, and generally used to make reference to a set of institutes that will allow people to lead a satisfying life and be influential contributors to their society. The idea of social justice determines that people have equal rights and opportunities, from the impoverished on the margins of society to the wealthiest deserves to be treated the same.

Today, there are many vulnerable demographics in need of protection, as per the current statistics pointing to a widening gap between the rich and poor, the unequal distribution of resources and wealth. Even with advent of the internet, which has fostered a new interactive society and communication medium as well as enlightening society, social injustice is still prevalent within our societies.

Acknowledging the above, the World Day of Social Justice is commemorated and observed to inspire and motivate young people to have an idea on how social justice affects the pursuit of; poverty eradication, full employment, gender equality and justice as the pillar for social groups. United Nations General Assembly determined to observe this day with ceremonies of respect. World Day of Social Justice is a day for all countries to take existing and real actions to give a meaning to the values of human dignity, worthy of honor and respect.

Here at the World Assembly of Youth (WAY), we recognize the World Day of Social Justice together with the international community, and the importance of the youth addressing the issues of inequality, justice and integrity, so as to promote harmony, unity and equal rights within society.

Thus, we urge that this day be used as a reminder of the importance of knowledge of basic human rights. Our encouragement is also extended to the young people fighting for social justice, to take a stand, however small, to affect others lives in a positive way, especially those in need of protection. So, let us unite to hail a halt toward injustice and take a step towards a just World!

HAPPY WORLD DAY OF SOCIAL JUSTICE!

Seasons Greetings from WAY

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Dear esteem Members and Colleagues,

Season's greetings from all of us at World Assembly of Youth (WAY) Headquarters in Melaka, Malaysia.

Our utmost gratitude goes out to our members, sponsors, partners, volunteers, speakers and numerous affiliates for their collaboration and support rendered the past year.

We would like to wish all of you a happy holiday season, and extend our best regards on behalf of the WAY Executive Committee and Secretariat.

We trust that 2014 will be a great year to tackle and address even more challenging youth issues, and look forward to another fruitful year ahead.

Our doors will always remain open to the youth of the world.

Best wishes and regards,



WAY Secretariat

International Human Solidarity Day

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A free economy and strong communities honor the dignity of every person, rewarding effort with justice, promoting upward mobility, and building solidarity among citizens.
/Paul Ryan/

The celebration of the International Human Solidarity Day came about five years ago when the United Nations (UN) General Assembly acknowledged solidarity as one of the fundamental and universal values that should govern relations between humans in the twenty- first century.

The theme for this year, "Bridging the Gaps to Reach the Millennium Development Goals" calls for the utilization of the amazing unity in diversity of the human race, by working together towards eradicating poverty, halting the spread of HIV/ AIDS and providing universal primary education by the year 2015. During his message on the day, the General Secretary of the United Nations Ban Ki-moon urged all human kind regardless of their background to work together to keep the promise made at the turn of the Millennium, and leave a legacy of peace, prosperity and sustainable progress for generations to come.

International Migrants Day

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As budgets tighten, we are seeing austerity measures that discriminate against migrant workers, xenophobic rhetoric that encourages violence against irregular migrants, and proposed immigration laws that allow the police to profile migrants with impunity. During economic downturns, it is worth remembering that whole sectors of the economy depend on migrant workers and migrant entrepreneurs help to create jobs.


/Ban Ki-moon/

The 18th of December was proclaimed as the International Migrants Day in the year 2000. It is a day that aims to recognize the efforts, contributions and rights of migrants. It is undeniable the weight the day carries, hence United Nations (UN) called upon the whole world to commemorate this day by sharing information on human rights and fundamental freedoms of migrants.

Figures show that throughout the years, migration has amplified in numbers, with 2013 recording 232 million migrants worldwide compared with 175 million in 2000 and 154 million in 1990. The increase between the year 2000 and 2013 shows that as we advance in time so does the movement of people across the globe. The top three most migrated places are the United States of America which hosts the largest number of 45.8 million, followed by the Russian Federation with 11 million, and Germany harboring 9.8 million migrants.