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Subject: Youth Statement on Racism at the CSW
date: 03.26.01
This statement was drafted by the Youth Caucus of the 45th Commission on 
the Status of Women.

Racial discrimination affects youth internationally.  The Youth Caucus of 
the 45th Commission on the Status of Women (CSW) fully agree that young 
women face multiple layers of discrimination based on the intersection of 
racial discrimination with all other identities, which includes but is not 
limited to gender, age, class, ethnicity, caste, culture, sexual 
orientation and religion.  We also feel that it is critical for young women=
to have the space and opportunity to speak locally, nationally, regionally 
and internationally on the racial issues that affect them 
directly.  Realizing that the CSW is an
international forum, we have incorporated the voices of young women and men=
in the Youth Caucus to speak on the topic of racial discrimination based on=
their personal and observational experience in their specific regions.

 From Africa
African youth, especially girls and young women, suffer multiple forms of 
discrimination based on civil, religious, political, economic, 
environmental and social practices.  Trafficking of young women for sexual 
and economic exploitation is rife - this is also aggravated by migration, 
rape as weapon of war, forced marriage and armed conflicts that engulf most=
of Africa at the present time.  Young women suffer from cultural practices 
like female genital mutilation that violates both their physical and 
psychological integrity.
Youth are also affected by the impact of structural adjustment programs and=
unemployment. Youth are vulnerable to all forms of discrimination including=
slavery, servitude, being child soldiers, children in armed conflicts and 
child prostitution.

 From the Asia Pacific
Migration and trafficking for prostitution are particularly targeting on 
the young people. Exposure to racism, racial discrimination, xenophobia and=
other forms of intolerance is high among them. Vulnerability to violence, 
sexual exploitation and violation of their human rights become ensuing 
realities as they become migrants and/or are trafficked.
Caste-based discrimination is one of the many forms of discrimination that 
young women especially those from the lower castes experience. Particularly=
those from the caste considered untouchables. Young women do not only 
suffer extreme poverty and deprivation, they are also vulnerable to sexual 
abuse and exploitation in the midst of their everyday life.
Education and the mass media has become a tool for propagating racist
ideologies among young people in the region. Textbooks, television, the 
internet and among others carry out stereotypes among groups of
people as being the stronger race -- who are mostly the colonizers of their=
countries -- the weaker race, being their own race.
Arranged marriages and the dowry system have been linked to incidents of 
wife burnings and abuse. Young dark-skinned women are often more vulnerable=
to abuse by family members especially if the dowry, which is often higher 
for dark-skinned women, is not met by the young women's families.

 From Europe
Because the status of young women is linked to that of their 
husband's,migrant young women and girls who experience domestic violence, 
have difficulty accessing health care and other social services.  Young 
women are more likely to be trafficked for sexual and economic exploitation=
because of lack of opportunities as well as because of cultural factors 
within their community, feminization of poverty and unemployment.
In recent years, young women and girls are more vulnerable to smuggling and=
trafficking because of war and armed conflicts in the Balkan region.
In Central and Eastern Europe, young Roma women are especially vulnerable 
to discrimination both within their communities and in the society at large=
Young people from minority backgrounds also face social exclusion and 
racial discrimination within their own specific countries.  Examples 
include discriminatory and unfair treatment within the school system, 
discrimination within both the criminal justice and the mental health 
system and the targeting of young minority women for birth control without 
looking at the short and long-term effects on fertility.

 From North America
In Canada, many of the schools in the major urban centers have a
multilingual and multicultural student population. However, the promotion 
of multiculturalism in schools is not the same as eradicating racism. There=
is a real need for anti-racist education from an anti-oppression framework.=
The schools continue to teach a racist history, one that omits the 
systematic genocide of Aboriginal peoples, or neglects the contribution of 
immigrants, or the oppression of minority groups in Canada.
US national and state legislation allocates more money for the
criminalization of youth than it does to the education of youth. Young 
women from marginalized communities (young women of color, immigrant women,=
poor women, lesbian, bisexual and questioning women and young mothers) in 
the United States are the fastest growing population within the criminal 
These young women end up in this system because of structural 
discrimination that includes police brutality, racial profiling, inadequate=
legal council, racist drug laws and the effects of globalization. Young 
women are caught within the criminal justice system, which includes 
juvenile jails, adult prison, INS detention and mental facilities, due to 
lack of adequate programs, absence of true rehabilitation programs, harsh 
sentencing for minor crimes and the trying of youth as adults.

=b7 The Youth Caucus recommends a policy analysis based on intersectionalit=
in order to understand the multi-layered forms of discrimination faced by 
young women.
=b7 Beyond a mere presence at the World Conference Against Racism, the Yout=
Caucus recommends that youth be placed on government delegations, that 
governments fund youth NGO's or NGO's committed to taking youth to the 
conference as well as insuring that youth are an integral part of the 
decision-making at all levels.
=b7 The Youth caucus urges all governments to introduce legislation, polici=
and programs that consider migration, traffic, asylum, and refugee policy 
on a gender basis.
=b7 The Youth Caucus recommends and believes that young women should have 
universal access to diverse and culturally appropriate healthcare.

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