I am Lina and I am 22 years old. I am a motivated young girl who was born and raised in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. Since I was fifteen I have been active in working as a volunteer for various campaigns such as Polio, blood donation and human rights.
I am happy to be part of One Young World Summit, a global platform for young people to express their ideas on issues that affect our world, and also train and empower them for greater leadership in the future. I believe the thematic ideas that are put forward for discussion at the summit are very important issues in which I believe young people should also be part of the ongoing global debates and make their contribution.
I have always been keen to understand the conflicts that arise in Africa. As a result, I am currently working on my Masters degree in Peace and Security at the Institute of Peace and Security Studies. My thesis focuses on Youth and Violence in the Horn of Africa.
I have vigorously campaigned for better sex education and increased sexual reproductive health education as a means to curb the spread of HIV/AIDS among young people.
As young people we do not always want to be out of the picture of what is going on out there. Because the young people face the lions share of problems of illiteracy, disease, susceptibility of violence, environmental effects, drug trafficking and substance abuse, cultural anomie and globalization. We as young people do not always want to be the part of the problem and others prepare policy for us, instead we would like to be part of the solution and start engaging ourselves for the present and future challenges with a global and concerted effort.