January 25, 2022 5:16 pm

Human Rights and Climate Change, the social problems that interest Navarrese youth, according to Medicusmundi

53.3% report having felt discrimination due to their gender, sexual condition, political ideology, race, or way of being


About 1,026 young people between 12 and 17 years old have participated in a Participatory Action Research developed by the NGO medicusmundi between October 2020 and September 2021, which reflects that the social problems that interest and affect Navarrese youth are, mainly, Rights Humans and Climate Change.

As reported by the NGO in a press release, the objective of the research is “to analyze the social problems that interest and affect adolescents in Navarra.”

The research has been carried out by 8 groups of young people from Pamplona, ​​Villava, Beriáin and Caripuyo, specifically, the San Andrés scout group, the Vª Tropa scout group, Chavotxiki – Siñarzubi, Bideberri, Kaskicos, Lantxotegi, the Medicusmundi Social Action Groups and the youth group from Caripuyo (Bolivia).

More than 120 young people have interviewed a total of 1,026 people, aged 12 to 17, from their own neighborhoods, municipalities and educational centers. The process has counted on the advice and collaboration of sociologists Carlos Vilches Plaza (UPNA) and Juan Albarrán Aristegui. The project has been financed by the Pamplona City Council, the Government of Navarra and the Parliament of Navarra.


This Wednesday, November 24, at the Casa de la Juventud de Pamplona, ​​around 60 young people have presented to public representatives of the City Councils of Pamplona, ​​Villava and Beriáin the results of the investigation, transferring to them their proposals for change “to end discrimination and human rights violations, and to fight against climate change “.

Among the results of the research, it is worth highlighting the fact that 53.3% of young people report having felt discrimination, with the types of discrimination that they report the most being based on their way of thinking / being, way of dressing / aesthetics, gender, condition sexuality, political ideology and race.

The groups that have carried out this research, in the face of discrimination situations, have proposed: “take measures so that people feel safe; report discrimination (publicize and facilitate complaint mechanisms, digital tool, support); improve communication between police and youth, network campaigns, give visibility and support youth associations that are spaces where each person can express themselves freely and confidently “.

They have considered “very important” that educational resources, talks, workshops, training for teachers and students from kindergarten to high school exist in educational centers.

Also from the surveys have come proposals to fight against climate change, such as recycling campaigns in the educational and family sphere; sensitize the general society about caring for the environment; legislation to implement measures and curb climate change; implementation of protocols to reduce plastic consumption; and promote renewable energy.


The research started a year ago, with a first meeting of the eight groups of young people that served to get to know each other and become familiar with the philosophy of participatory methodology. In these initial sessions, the thematic axes of the research were also agreed upon: Human Rights and Climate Change.

In successive sessions, the objectives of the research and the points on which the interview questionnaire would ask were defined. After that, the information was collected by passing the questionnaire to more than 1,000 young people aged 12-17 years, continuing with the treatment and analysis of the data obtained.

From there, the young people collectively drew up conclusions and proposals for the improvement and change of the problems analyzed, with the intention of taking them to the public powers.


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