Every young person has the right to be themselves – New Taksvärkki campaign raises discussion about discrimination

The Taksvärkki campaign ”Right To Be Me” raises discussion about the discrimination faced by young people, addressing it as well as the opportunity for young people to affect the attitudes in their communities. During the academic year 2020–2021 the Taksvärkki collection campaign supports student councils in Nepal that defend the equal rights of young people.

In Taksvärkki, youth in Finland and Nepal tackle discrimination together. The profits of the 2020–2021 Taksvärkki campaign allow student councils in Nepal to continue their work defending equality.

Together with youth in Nepal we can end discrimination

In the Right To Be Me -campaign Nepalese youth share about their lives and dreams as well as the challenges youth face. Discrimination, bullying and gender inequality are problems facing young people all over the world. In Nepal not all youth are able to go to school and traditional gender roles often define a young person’s future. One of the challenges girls face related to school are the tabus about menstruation and periods. Youth belonging to minority groups, such as those of other genders or with various disabilities, face prejudice.

”By being active we can really make a change in our society.”

Ishika, 15, Nepal

Get to know young Nepalese changemakers and the goals of Taksvärkki’s campaign on the Right To Be Me -website. On the campaign website, you will find messages and videos from Nepalese youth, as well as instructions for schools participating in the Taksvärkki fundraising campaign.

By spending one day at work and donating their pay to Taksvärkki’s campaign, Finnish youth fund a long-term development cooperation project in Nepal. Our local partner organization ECCA Nepal is in charge of the practical implementation of the project

The challenges are global and common. Together we can solve them. By participating in the Taksvärkki Workday you are contributing to building a fairer world.

“Gender based discrimination is a big problem. We can change the attitudes of people.”

Salin, 15, Nepal