The Youth Speak Out Initiative was launched in November, 2018 at a youth leadership training organized in Patan, and expanded to schools all over the country from February until April, 2019.
Youth Speak Out is an education, awareness, and advocacy project that catalyzes and empowers young people to speak out and take action regarding the pressing issues of gender violence and inequality. The central component of the initiative is a one to two minute speech that students will give in school, in media, and in public settings. Participating students will create speeches on a variety of topics including child marriage, trafficking, domestic violence, verbal abuse, dowry, acid attacks, street harassment, sexual harassment on transportation, kamlari, and other issues relating to violence against women and girls in Nepal and other parts of the world. Out of valley schools will film the student speeches once they are ready, and choose the best speeches in each category to be submitted to a national competition. Judges will choose the best speech in each category, and the students who deliver the best speeches will attend a special awards ceremony, and present their speeches on national television.