The voter guides are a starting point to change the country’s political culture and voter behavior.
Today more than ever, our youth needs to be prepare to engage civically. It is no coincidence that on October 2, 2016 Colombians voted against the peace agreement. Only 37.43% of the eligible population voted, and youth represented the age group of highest voter abstention. The numbers reflect a global culture where the disenfranchised feel the ballot fails to provide an opportunity for education, employment, peace.
The guides convene youth to activate their participation during the elections, identify their community priorities, and assess how these priorities are being advanced or not by existing and potential decision makers. The process results in a set of meaningful recommendations to other youth on how to best cast their vote via the “Hagale” voter guides.