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Riya Basnet

Riya Basnet, South Asia Students For Liberty Executive Board Member in Nepal.

What are your region’s broad goals for the upcoming school year?

Our broad goal for this year is to take the liberty movement to the East and Mid East of Nepal by the end 2015 and more focus will be given to facilitate students’ understanding of the ideas. As the books and training materials are in English, we are working to translate them in Nepali because we don’t want the language barrier to stop anyone from learning about liberal values. Likewise we will also make our trainings accessible to the volunteers who did not qualify for the LC trainings but are still willing to work with us.

How many Local Coordinators have you accepted this year? And how many conferences are you planning?

This is our second LC training program and we have been successful in attracting 20 local coordinators from Nepal. We believe after our regional conferences more people will want to know and learn about SFL. Currently we have 10 active volunteers who have been assisting us since the inception of SFL Nepal.

We are taking up 2 regional conferences in Nepal this year. Through these conferences we shall be offering support to pro-libertarian student groups by providing resources, advising students on effective leadership strategies, and connecting students from across Nepal and internationally with like-minded peers, leaders and organizations in the pro-liberty movement.

What, in your opinion, is the greatest opportunity for social change in your region?

It wasn’t an easy task for us to take up the libertarian movement in Nepal. Time and again we were alleged to be a political rebel group or ravenous civil society. Also directly trying to bring in the ideas through books wasn’t effective for many of us as the idea was new in itself. We then took up local issues and molded them with principle notion of liberty which aided us with easier advocacy for individual freedom. The first issue we took was “women and her freedom.” Women in most of our region are discarded from the social loop. Local issues of authority’s oppressions and  defective laws’ impacts upon women’s rights have hardly been a matter of discussion. Working with these local women to take account of the significant local issues via workshops and school seminars has ensured greater opportunities for social change in our region.

If there’s one thing you could tell the world about SFL, what would it be?

In Nepal, Women For Liberty is supporting the struggle for equal rights and respect toward women.

In Nepal, Women For Liberty is supporting the struggle for equal rights and respect toward women.

With my experiences from Nepal, I have seen a couple of organizations that segregate among people. This is to say, if you are from a different group or that you follow a different ideology, you are restricted from entering into those organizations. I myself have not been allowed membership of many organizations and during my college period, my name was deleted from the debate team because of not belonging to or following the communist principle of the host organization.

But SFL differentiates none. We welcome people of all kinds and we don’t force ideas but rather intellectually present a counter idea and this specifically makes SFL a completely beautiful organization.

What are your region’s broad goals for the upcoming school year?

We are planning to train and start more groups than ever this year. With our on-the-ground CCs, Leadership Forums, Regional Conferences and SFL resources like Leading Liberty Academy, we can spread liberty well beyond the campuses where we have volunteers.

Emily Rhorick, North American Executive Board Co-Chair

Emily Rhorick, North American Executive Board Co-Chair

How many Campus Coordinators have you accepted this year? And how many conferences are you planning?

Right now we have 122 CCs and 17 Senior CCs. As of now we have 19 Regional Conferences announced, and counting! We just announced three additional conferences in Utah, New York, and Chicago.

What, in your opinion, is the greatest opportunity for social change in your region?

One of the greatest opportunities for social change in North America is currently campus speech codes. Several of our leaders are actively working to reform their school’s speech codes with organizations like FIRE and many more plan to challenge them in the coming year.

If there’s one thing you could tell the world about SFL, what would it be?

Students For Liberty has incredibly impressive numbers in terms of conference attendance and resources distributed, but its training programs are unmatched. Student volunteers, many under 22 years old, are given the opportunity to learn professional skills like public speaking, management, networking, and event planning. These skills can be carried beyond the liberty movement to help students achieve their individual career goals.

What are your region’s broad goals for the upcoming school year?

For a long time, Latin America has been immersed in a culture that praises socialism – let’s take Che Guevara for example – and we can see now how that has materialized in politics. It is imperative that we begin to create a Latin American culture of freedom and this involves bringing the ideas of liberty to spaces that Latin American libertarians have left untapped. e need to not only spread the ideas among young people, but create passion for them and start creating narratives that can easily move from one place to another and that people, especially youth, can identify with.

We want to reach more students by humanizing the language of liberty and relating the ideas of liberty to the Latin American reality so that they can be spread with more impact in our context.

How many Local Coordinators have you accepted this year? And how many conferences are you planning?

Milica Pandžić, EsLibertad President was recently interviewed by the PanAm Post.

Milica Pandžić, EsLibertad President was recently interviewed by the PanAm Post.

In terms of leaders, our growth has been exponential. From 36 LCs our first year and 58 the second, we now have 121 new LCs from 16 countries across Latin America. One thing to notice is that the countries in which we have more leadership are ones with more repressive regimes like Venezuela or Ecuador. That shows the importance of EsLibertad in supporting young leaders that otherwise would be alone in a hostile environment and probably would not take the initiative of engaging in pro-liberty activism.

In terms of conferences, this year is going to be huge for EsLibertad. Up from one annual Regional Conference forthe two past years, we will have 6 this year(counting  2 that already took place in Bolivia and Ecuador). That will mean an impact to thousands students in the region – many of whom have never heard of liberalism before.

What, in your opinion, is the greatest opportunity for social change in your region?

Unfortunately, Latin America is experiencing first hand the consequences of wrong ideas. A great part of our youth is now living under authoritarian regimes. But no matter how demotivating our context can be, EsLibertad sees a big opportunity. Among discontent and disappointment, young people are redefining what liberty really means to them; they are speaking up, looking for new alternatives, new ideas, and foremost, they have a great desire to improve things. This is why the ideas of liberty have more relevance than ever in our countries and we can see how they are strongly influencing the debates of the most important issues of the region such as rule of law, freedom of press and freedom of speech, the war on drugs, immigration, and protectionism.

If there’s one thing you could tell the world about SFL, what would it be?

SFL represents the bravest generation of young leaders for liberty that has ever existed.

What are your region’s broad goals for the upcoming school year?

Linda Kakuva

Linda Kavuka, IEB Member representing African SFL

Our major focus in ASFL is to improve the quality of training programs and the student leaders in Africa. The approach we are adopting  is to ensure that the core principles of liberty are understood and implemented. The training programs will be rigorous and participants will be taken through a wide variety of materials and additional trainings through the year. We are expanding to more countries, and hope to train leaders who will help us in promoting the ideas of liberty. We are looking into reaching out to students in Botswana, Zambia, Zimbabwe, Rwanda, to Eritrean students and South Sudan. We also intend to strengthen and improve the quality of students groups we have currently, including the kind of events to be hosted by our leaders on their respective campuses. We shall achieve this by ensuring our student leaders are properly resourced with materials and mentally with knowledge.

How many Local Coordinators have you accepted this year? And how many conferences are you planning?

We have just launched the Local Coordinators program and we are currently accepting applications. Only strong applicants shall be accepted to join the program. Our focus is on improving the quality of our leaders. We shall have two major conferences, the Eastern African Conference and the Southern African Conference.

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African Students For Liberty is currently accepting applications for the Local Coordinator Program!

What, in your opinion, is the greatest opportunity for social change in your region?

Our greatest opportunity for social change geared towards liberty, is the development of stable and active civil society entities dedicated to freedom. Currently we have free market institutes in Zimbabwe and South Africa. This is great, but there is room for more institutes to cater for the needs of the continent. There is little to no coordination between the various libertarian and quasi-libertarian entities in furthering the ideas of freedom. We would like for our student leaders to take their passion for liberty wherever they will go after graduating as they pursue their professions. We hope that the there will be partnerships between the think tanks gradually increasing, the free market institutes and SFL in hosting projects geared towards promoting the ideas of liberty. This will help develop a new libertarian narrative in the region.

If there’s one thing you could tell the world about SFL, what would it be?

SFL is changing the lives of young people, not just in USA, but in the whole world, with the message of peace, love and liberty. I speak as a beneficiary of this organization, that encourages young people to believe in themselves, to follow their dreams, and that their dreams are valid. SFL is certainly one of the few truly international champions of liberty.