Young Filipino Leaders Join US President Biden’s Democracy Summit

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Lynrose Jane Genon, alumnus of the Philippine Youth Leadership Program and member of the executive committee of Young Women Leaders for Peace-Philippines, joins US Secretary of State Antony Blinken for a virtual panel discussion at the Democracy Summit.

On December 8 and 10, young Filipino leaders participated in Democracy Summit events hosted by high-level US officials that focused on the role of young people in strengthening democracy around the world.

Lynrose Jane Genon, alumnus of the Philippine Youth Leadership Program and member of the executive committee of Young Women Leaders for Peace-Philippines, joined a panel with US Secretary of State Antony Blinken and young leaders from Ukraine, Zambia and Chile, for a virtual discussion of young democratic leaders on December 8.

Meanwhile, Bryan Ezra Gonzales, Academic Fellow of YSEALI and Chief Operating Officer of the National Society of Parliamentarians, joined a select group of 70 young leaders at the Youth Town Hall with the Ambassador of United States at the United Nations Linda Thomas-Greenfield on December 10 to discuss challenges to democratic norms and potential solutions.

During the Young Democratic Leaders’ Discussion with Secretary Blinken, Genon shared insights into young Filipinos’ perspectives on the challenges of youth engagement in democracy, opportunities for civic participation, and ways to support the political and civic engagement of young Filipinos.

Genon said “the discussion is timely and relevant, and it’s a vital platform for [youth] Express [their] truths to those in positions of power, in hopes of influencing legislation and bringing about real, practical change in the lives of young people. »

Speaking at the Youth Town Hall with Ambassador Greenfield, Gonzales said, “Young people today face the immense challenge of facilitating a better normality, not just in a post-pandemic sense, but in building a more optimistic future for democracy everywhere”.

“The Youth Town Hall was a timely opportunity for young people to reflect on our role in redefining freedom and what that should mean in a world that continues to be threatened by tyranny,” he said. -he adds.

US President Joe Biden hosted the Democracy Summit on December 9-10, bringing together leaders from government, civil society and the private sector to set an agenda for democratic renewal and address the most pressing challenges facing democracies today through collective action.

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