The indigenous youths’ empowerment and dynamic participation are crucial and decisive because as social catalysts, their voices must be amplified in various levels and avenues where policies and decisions that concern indigenous peoples are being made. They are at a historical juncture where their engagement matters and their initiatives are appreciated and encouraged.
In this book’s case studies, there are significant similarities in context and historical backgrounds on the birth of indigenous youth organizations and emergence and empowerment of indigenous youth leaders. The five organizations namely, Cambodia Indigenous Youth Association (CIYA), Youth Federation of Indigenous Nationalities in Nepal (YFIN), Karbi Human Rights Watch (KHRW), Barisan Pemuda Adat Nusantara (BPAN) and the Asia Pacific Indigenous Youth Network (APIYN) are clear models of how the compelling issues and struggles of indigenous peoples in their respective countries create the conditions for the youths to stand up and be counted in various advocacies that forward their rights, from the local to the global arena. They also illustrate the need for a regional formation to unite their efforts and with diversities recognized, advance their cause in solidarity with each other.
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