* Many unemployed youth in Jordan's outer districts have resorted to public office. The recent elections witnessed many recent graduates who had been unemployed since graduations who decided to run for office because "Who else can solve youth's problems other than youth themselves?" The generation of youth is tired of waiting, as problems of drug abuse, depression and suicide rise, some have decided to take matters into their own hands. Despite facing resistance from their communities, which are ruled by tribalism, the youth candidates started small and built from there. The goal was to change voter habits of relying on experience for their choice of candidate, as well as offering a new perspective. Many youth voters resorted to voting for fresh-faced candidates who shared their experience, and even some adults and elderly leaned for the new candidates stating "We should give young people the chance to improve their future".
* Jordanian youth has been facing startling rates of unemployment, despite high levels of education: 63% of Jordanians are under the age of 30, and the rate of unemployment for this cohort is of 50%, which is two times higher than the unemployment rate across the whole nation. As a response to their dissatisfaction with their economic situation has led them to take matters into their own hands and engage in local politics. This influx of new young faces in the political landscape has attracted many young voters, who suffer from a trust gap, according to Oraib Rantawi, director of the Al-Quds Center for Political Studies.
* It appears that the Turkish youth will be key actors in determining the outcome of the upcoming general elections in the country. While current president Recep Tayyip Erdoğan has vowed to bring forth a "pious generation", the youth of the country have found themselves increasingly disenfranchised by his policies, which heavily impacts the chances of his Justice and Development Party (AKP) winning the next elections. While previously he was able to connect with the youth, social media has been a key element in the younger generations distancing themselves from his narrative, especially with a decline in religiosity amongst the youth of the country. Gen Z, the youngest generation, represents around 15% of the electorate, their importance cannot be ignored.
* The hashtag "Moment of Truth for Riad Salameh" began trending on Twitter as hundreds of users called for the arrest of central bank governor Riad Salameh. People accused Salameh of illicit enrichment, corruption, dispersing public funds and covering up for corrupt politicians involved in the misappropriation of depositors' funds and life savings. Salameh denied the allegations, but was charged in absentia for illicit enrichment by Mount Lebanon's attorney general, Judge Ghada Aoun.
* On Tuesday, the Egyptian Minister for Youth and Sports Ashraf Sobhy inaugurated the Arab-African Forum. He gave a speech, in which he stated that the youth of Egypt constituted a priority for the government. He also stressed the importance of conveying the voice of the youth, especially in the Arab world and Africa, to the rest of the world.
* Starting Monday March 28th, will begin the Arab Meeting for Young Leaders, as part of the World Government Summit and will be hosted by Expo Dubai 2020. Organized by the Arab Youth Center, in collaboration with the Arab League and the GCC, the meeting will host various experts and personalities from different organizations whose main objective is to empower the youth in the region. The activities of the conference will lead to the youth ministerial workshop, during which several ministers will meet with Arab youth from various countries to discuss topics of interest for the youth, notably economic opportunities and education.
* On Wednesday, Razan Al Aqeel represented Arab youth and delivered a speech to the United Nations Security Council, during which she stressed the importance of integrating the youth in decision making and development work opportunities. The ambassador for Arab youth spoke about several topics: the role of youth in reaching peace and security, as well as development in the Arab world, the necessity to include youth in global decision making.