Hey there friends. Do you feel inspired to make a change with technology? Do you want to make an impact to society? Then we've got good news: the Telenor Youth Forum (TYF) is back! It’s time for you young and inspiring game-changers aged 20-28 years old to sign up and be the spark of change.
Alina Amir (right in image above), who won a spot to represent Malaysia at the TYF 2016 had the chance to attend the kick-off in Oslo last year and shares her journey with us.
Alina was one of 5000 entries who landed a spot to represent Malaysia at the Telenor Youth Forum. Working in a group of diverse delegates, Alina’s team was assigned the goal of gender equality. In an interview with the New Straits Time, she said, “We interviewed people working on gender equality in Oslo to understand the issue better. Most of them worked with victims of gender violence including LGBTQ (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and questioning) communities.”
Besides that, the team also created a platform to guide victims of gender violence to avoid and leave abusive relationships. “The platform connects victims to the nearest shelters, hospital, police station and community workers. It hopes to work with existing platforms and share services,” she continued in her interview.
She also mentioned that the toughest part of the assignment was working virtually with the team as they come from all over the world (time difference alone is already a challenge!). They then regrouped in Bangkok to discuss their ideas.
The team later won funds to further build their solution. “We’ve delegated the tasks among ourselves to come up with the first draft of the platform and a digital exhibition to explain our solution to the public by September,” she said.
Alina’s advice to those who want to join the forum; “TYF isn’t a one-week forum — it’s a long-term commitment. You have to continuously work on your projects on top of your daily commitments, but if you do it right and manage your time, it’s a pretty amazing experience.”