Socio-political education raises awareness and conveys knowledge in the areas of civil rights and obligations, human rights, women's rights, children's and youth rights and the identification of opportunities for action. The disadvantaged receive one vote and are empowered to stand up for their rights and assume responsibility in society. In particular, the participation of young women in all areas of society is promoted. Young women are often less involved in political processes than young men. The differences are particularly large in the poorest countries, so it is important to ensure gender balance and gender-specific approaches. In addition, by taking on management tasks, young people learn to assume responsibility for common goals and to organize themselves.
Thanks to such positive experiences, many young people are also committed as adults to the concerns of civil society. Careful training of leaders and people who disseminate the knowledge is therefore very important in the Horyzon programmes. Other important topics are peace education and violence and conflict prevention. They also provide an important basis within the household for men and women to shape their lives on an equal footing. In conflict areas, young men and women learn to resolve conflicts peacefully, achieve goals together and promote social development in the communities. They will become important actors in the promotion of civil peace. The programmes in Colombia and Palestine therefore invest both in raising awareness among young people and in civil society activities and networking. Young people should be able to demand their rights and work for better participation. As youth organisations, YMCA and YWCA are able to organise, network and work with other organisations to improve the situation of young people and women at national and local level. They organise campaigns and local youth councils, which allow young people to become involved in democratic processes.