Youth speak out in Côte d’Ivoire

We are very happy to share with you the inspiring participatory video work that was recently carried out by our partners at Interpeace in Côte d’Ivoire as part of the “Youth Speak Out” project aimed at strengthening youth’s engagement for peace and security. The methodological report which documents the participatory video process used throughout the project is available here

This study contributed to the Progress Study on Youth, Peace and Security mandated by the United Nations Security Council Resolution 2250 (2015) that highlights the positive role of youths in promoting and consolidating peace and security in their respective countries in spite of their lingering reputation as actors of violence and peacelessness. The opening citation was taken directly from our methodological report:

“We’ve been categorized, we’ve been made into an outsider group.”

Please feel free to watch the video “Ivorian youth under the talking tree” (see below) which was produced by the team of seven young people who took part in a two-week participatory video process conducted by InsightShare during which they consulted their peers in different neighbourhoods of Abidjan using video cameras, edited the film’s content and form on their own and reflected on their personal analysis and choices. The video was screened for and validated by the wider group of young people who had been consulted.

In addition this 3-minute video was produced with the purpose of carrying the key messages and recommendations from the Ivorian youth directly to the policy makers in Côte d’Ivoire and the United Nations.