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“A safe space to dream, allow those dreams to evolve into ideas and eventually see those ideas turn into workable goals” Hishma, 26 years old

I am Hishma. I am a 26 year old who loves writing, travelling and creating. I thrive when I am around the ocean and happy humans. I am passionate about healing the world through compassion and love and encouraging humans to step into their power and light. Miyaheli by UNDP …

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“We have education but not quality education, that is different” Matheen, 24 years old

I came to Male’ when I was 16. Educational opportunities are very limited in the island where I was born so I believed that education was more accessible here because it is free. Then I realized that we have access to education but not to quality education. This is different …

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“Skill-building opportunities, access to professionals in the field, and a safe space for individuals from different backgrounds to interact with one another” Izman Suhail, 22 years old

I was born in the Maldives which is a developing country that is extremely vulnerable to the effects of climate change. Growing up in the capital city Male’, I experienced the politics of Maldivian development firsthand and this influenced my interests and future aspirations. Now, as a 22-year-old Political Science …

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“I hope to see a day when more organizations and individuals alike take initiatives to promote the provision of spaces for young people to share their voices” Fathmath Yamaan Shuau, 18 years old

How unfortunate is it, that in this rapidly changing world young people are still struggling to be heard. To be understood. Often gaps between generations can divide us as one party struggles to relate to the other. These feelings of being misunderstood translates into loneliness and more often than not, …

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“A safe space to open up, talk about the issues in my field, and also those facing the society with like-minded people” Fathmath Nafha Asim, 21 years old

I have been living in Maldives, ‘the tropical paradise’, for more than twenty-one years and yet there are so many things I haven’t been able to explore. Our country, with its stunning white sand beaches and amazing underwater world, has always lured my interest in the marine field. However, I …

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“My life, my choices” Shaaha, 21 years old

I am a journalist, an artist and a business woman. I can support my family while working towards my financial independence, I can provide for them. Just because I am a woman people think that I need someone – a husband, they say – to provide for me and my …

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Youth for Peace Art Contest “Islam – Religion of Peace and Tolerance”

The Youth for Peace Art contest titled “Islam – Religion of Peace and Tolerance”, jointly organized by JCI Maldives, UN Maldives, and Maldives National Center for the Arts, has concluded last week with an award ceremony for the best works in three artistic categories. Reflecting on the messages behind the …

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This was how we found Laamu, a majority of the exquisite beaches marred by non-biodegradable debris that wash up with the tides.
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Laamu and Climate Change: Tale of Collective Effort

On World Environment Day (5 June), Ahmed Gaveem shares his experience working in Laamu Atoll, calling for our collective efforts to protect its pristine environment. Laamu Atoll was already familiar to me when I flew down on a warm April morning with my team to Kadhdhoo. I had worked for …

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Title: Chasing storms. -the underlying. Artist: Refty Ahmed, 2014
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BOYS WILL BE BOYS?

UNDP-Maldives staff, Umar Mavee, shares his personal experience of changing gender roles and encourages men and boys to become agents of change to achieve gender equality. We were all boys. We’d play Halo and fight about which Naruto character was more powerful. Even then, in school we would tease the …

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Mariyam (L) Fathimath Moosa (c ) and Nadheema – entrepreneurial women of N. Holhudhoo, Maldives
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Photo Story: Growing a Home Business- Women in Holhudhoo

IOM Maldives shares a beautiful photo story of creative female entrepreneurs in Holhudhoo with a thriving home business of container gardening. In communities where ground water salinization provides a challenge to agriculture, some women have initiated container gardening in order to sustain their livelihoods. According to the farmers in the …

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