In January 2017, an all-female orchestra from Afghanistan performed for world leaders at the World Economic Forum, a symbol of just how far the country had come since the dark days of the Taliban. Viola player Zarifa Adiba was just 18 years old when she led that orchestra in Switzerland. Her memoir, which has just been published in French, is an extraordinary account of how music offered her a chance to show herself, her family and the world what Afghan women are capable of. She joined us for Perspective and told us about her fears for Afghan women and girls, now that the Taliban are in charge once again.
Meet the Cape Verdean boxing champion Walter Barros who is using his love of sport to help young people stay away from violence and crime.
While the coronavirus pandemic has had a "significant" impact on children and adolescents' mental health, it is "just the tip of the iceberg," says UNICEF.
In Finland’s eastern village of Enonkoski, there are two young men for every young woman – a phenomenon that affects many rural areas in the Nordic country. A lack of jobs and colleges in smaller towns are pushing young women to move to bigger cities, while the men often stay behind in manual jobs. Many have had to get used to village life without women of their age around. Some authorities are now beginning to look for ways to draw female youth back.
Young people's hopes of saving the planet from climate catastrophe are the subject of a large event in Milan at the moment. The Youth4Climate summit is aiming to summarise ideas from youngsters ahead of the COP26 summit next month. One of those attending is Neeshad Shafi from Doha, Qatar. He's already been named one of the world’s 100 most influential people in climate policy and is the co-founder of the Arab Youth Climate Movement Qatar. He spoke to us for today’s Perspective.
As the sun sets, seven young Taliban turn in a circle on the bank of the Arghandab River, singing and dancing in traditional Afghan style. The scene would have been unimaginable 20 years ago, when the hardline Islamist group were first in power and banned music outright. But these younger Taliban do listen to music -- even if most of it is religious.
With gender-based violence on the rise in Uganda's capital Kampala, and public safety resources overstretched, a Ugandan startup has developed an inconspicuous device to call for help when in danger.
Bolaji Balogun, a man who is determined never to stay idle. He goes back and forth every day trying his best at work like every man who wants to put food on the table and a roof over his head will do. This is the story of a hard-working young Lagosian pushing cart to make ends meet inside the popular spare-part Ladipo market in the Oshodi area of Lagos State.
Social media users in Ghana are joining together under the hashtag #FixTheCountry to put pressure on the government. The movement has left cyberspace and taken to the streets.
The financial crisis caused by the pandemic has left young graduates with limited job prospects. Experts say it could take years for the job market to make a full recovery.
Fronted by 20-year-old Neola Pereira, the dancing flash mob swings into action, campaigning to save a threatened wildlife reserve -- part of a growing, youth-led environmental movement rattling Indian authorities.
From a converted storeroom on the roof of his mother's Seoul apartment, Kim Min-kyo plays video games for up to 15 hours a day -- and makes a fortune from the thousands of fans watching him. Livestreamers, known as "Broadcast Jockeys" or BJs in South Korea, are hard-wired to the digital infrastructure of youth culture. They entertain for hours with an interactive mishmash of chat, gaming, dance, music, eating, getting drunk or even just sleeping. Top livestreamers enjoy subculture celebrity among teens and 20-somethings, who consider them more relatable than traditional media stars.