Voices of Youth


Tim Webster

• Advocacy videos
• Photo stories 
• High-quality photographs

Resilient and impassioned, South Asia’s youth are challenging convention.

We caught them on camera to celebrate their achievements in face of adversity.

Featuring five video profiles and hundreds of high-quality photos, our project took us from the lagoons of the Maldives to the mountains of Bhutan.


Adolescence is hard enough without the threat of conflict, poverty and misogyny to contend with. A third of South Asia’s population is under 18, and while the region has made astounding gains in securing the rights of its young citizens, there is still some way to go.

It is currently home to the largest numbers of out-of-school children. Girls, in particular, face extensive limitations on their freedom of expression.

Bhutan measures its success not in GDP, but Gross National Happiness.


On the eve of the 30th anniversary of the Convention on the Rights of the Child, UNICEF sought to document the real perspectives and aspirations of the region’s young people.

Our subjects ranged from Neesha, a construction engineer paving new paths for women to environmentalist Afa Husayn, protecting her island from climate breakdown. 

We filmed in the Maldives and Sri Lanka before finishing in the Himalayan kingdom of Bhutan.

"I'm going to break down stereotypes and show that girls can do this"


Voices of Youth is a multimedia campaign tailored to social networks. The advocacy materials are designed to be compelling from the first frame to ensure viewers engage with our narratives on their feeds.