GNA 的青年培力計畫匯集了來自 7 個不同國家的 23 名青年，是那份對解決人權問題和實現有意義的變革有著濃厚興趣的那顆心將其匯聚一堂。 儘管群年輕人關注著不同面向人權議題——從移工的權利到氣候變遷、轉型正義等等——但他們都有一個共同的抱負，那就是產生對社會的正面的影響。
倡議導師促進了小組討論，確保每個成員都有機會表達他們對特定議題的個人擔憂。 每位參與者都有時間分享他們的熱情、知識，或他們是否有與這些問題相關的經驗。 群體內部的多樣性是顯而易見的； 有些參與者是深入參與特定事業的經驗豐富的倡議家，而許多參與者則透過加入 GNA 計劃，邁出了進入基層工作的第一步。 廣泛的經驗和專業知識豐富了對話，促進了參與者之間思想和觀點的動態交流。
- 橘隊： 改變大眾對移工的看法
- 藍隊: 為台灣弱勢群體提供教育和賦權
- 綠隊: 為在台灣生活的國際（東南亞）學生提供更多支持和機會
- 紫隊: 拆除該地區的獨裁者紀念碑
GNA Youth Capacity Building Program: Day 1 - What do you want to change?
GNA’s Youth Capacity Building Program brought together 23 youths from 7 diverse countries, all united by their interest in addressing human rights concerns and effecting meaningful change. Despite the broad spectrum of human rights issues close to these young minds—ranging from migrant workers' rights to climate change, transitional justice and so on—there was a shared aspiration to make a positive impact.
To channel this collective passion effectively, we organized a program session focused on discovering common ground. Through group discussions, consisting of five or six individuals per group, participants had the opportunity to share their interests and then collectively choose an issue they were impassioned about addressing together and building their campaign around.
GNA invited four experienced campaigners to guide and act as mentors, offering invaluable insights on strategizing a successful campaign, and particularly sharing words of guidance on the crucial phase of choosing a compelling topic.
Each campaigner invited is currently engaging on a campaign that connect Taiwan and Southeast Asia:
- Hsin Hsuan Sun, Environmental Rights Foundation (ERF)
- Yi-hsiang Shih, Taiwan Association for Human Rights (TAHR)
- Jing Ru Wu, Taiwan International Workers’ Association (TIWA)
- Leah Lin, Asia Citizen Future Association (ACFA)
This activity played an important role in the program, fostering connections among Campaigners and participants, while enabling the latter to engage with civil society organisations and NGO workers in Taiwan. Additionally, it served as a platform for the NGO Campaigners to gain insights into the concerns and perspectives of youth from Southeast Asia and Taiwan, providing them with an opportunity to hear and understand what matters to this demographic.
The campaign mentors facilitated the group discussions, ensuring every member had the opportunity to express their personal concerns regarding specific issues. Each participant was given time to share their passion, knowledge, or if they had experiences related to these issues. The diversity within the groups was evident; some participants were seasoned activists deeply involved in particular causes, while many were taking their first steps into grassroots work by joining GNA’s program. This wide spectrum of experiences and expertise enriched the conversations, fostering a dynamic exchange of ideas and perspectives among the participants.
The Campaigners then guided a discussion aimed at helping the group determine a suitable topic to collectively focus on. They prompted questions such as whether there was a prevalent issue resonating with the majority of the group or if there were intersections between various concerns that could be collectively addressed. This pivotal conversation marked the starting point for the group's joint efforts throughout the rest of the program. It was the foundation for their teamwork and guided their direction moving forward.
The outcomes differed among the four groups, as each group independently selected a distinct issue to center their campaign efforts around. Here are each groups topics that they came up with on day 1:
- Orange Team: Changing public mindset towards migrant workers
- Blue Team: Provide education and empowerment to underprivileged people in Taiwan
- Green Team: Providing more support and opportunities to International (Southeast Asian) students living in Taiwan
- Purple Team: Removing monuments of dictators in the region
As the days progressed, the groups continuously shaped and refined their campaign idea, yet these four topics remained the backbone of what each group worked on. Stay tuned for more updates about our program to see how each group's campaign developed!
Feedback from day one’s afternoon session with the campaigners from a participant: