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“The Potential for Youth Engagement in Rwanda and the African Union” by Elisabeth Kaneza, Communication Department, Embassy of the Republic of Rwanda



Kaneza Elisabeth, is a Rwandan living in Germany who initiated the network “Ruanda Connection” in 2011, bringing together Rwandan youths in Germany. She is currently studying for a Master´s degree at the University of Maastricht.  Her specialisms include Public Relations, Political Science & Conflict Management.

Symposium on Cultural Diplomacy in the African Union

“The Potential for Youth Engagement in Rwanda and the African Union”
(Berlin; June 26th – 28th, 2013)

Elisabeth Kaneza discusses Africa, with a focus on Rwanda and youth from different points of view: how it was affected by the 1994 genocide, what is the current situation, poverty and lack of education and how the situation can be improved. She begins with statistical analysis on Rwandan youth as compared to the African population. Continuing this was a discussion on Rwandan´s human and civil rights. One of her first statements highlights that the most exposed groups are the youngest ones:

“Where there is conflict, children and young people are the most vulnerable. They suffer a lot and they are voiceless. And this is due to the fact that in many countries the implementation of children and youth rights is just not correct, is just not being done.”


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