By Elizabeth Con
Elizabeth is one of AIDemocracy’s 2010-2011 Issue Analysts. Find out more about Elizabeth below or take a look at the  Student Issue Analysts.

Doesn’t everyone support human rights?  Sure they do.  But does the average person actually do anything to promote and protect our rights?  Not really.  And you especially wouldn’t think that a young person, a person possibly still in their teens, would actually care about improving human rights around the world.  We’re just too busy pulling all-nighters in the library or spending our life savings on Bonnaroo tickets and the road trip it will take to get there.  But I beg to differ.  Young people actually play a pivotal role in the human rights movement today for many reasons.  The key word here is young, which means they’re energetic, passionate, excited, and creative.  They’re not afraid to make mistakes and to explore the world in which we live.  Historically, young people have been in the forefront of revolution and change.  Consider the Vietnam War and the Civil Rights Movement.  Young people came together to protest and make their voices heard.  They worked together to ask for change in our world and to make it a little better for the people who came after them.  I know a woman who sent her first allowance (at 10 years old, I might add) to Amnesty International.  That’s pretty impressive.  And it just proves that young people actually do care about things other than what celebrities are wearing these days.  Although it may sound so cliché, young people really are the leaders of tomorrow.  They are the ones who will be educating your children, working for the UN, and running for election.  They have the power to call for a change to the way we look at human rights today.  So don’t underestimate the power of young people and their influence on human rights just yet.

Elizabeth Con is a junior at the College of Charleston in Charleston, South Carolina.  She is double majoring in Political Science and International Studies (concentration in Latin America and the Caribbean) and double minoring in Spanish and Film Studies.  Elizabeth has been the treasurer of CofC´s campus chapter of AID for the past two years and has enjoyed working with other AID members in spreading awareness of global issues on campus.  In the future, Elizabeth hopes to join the Peace Corps before going to graduate school to study International Relations.

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