Cemre Balaban is 24 years old and grew up in Zurich. She studied classical humanities at the Literargymnasium Rämibühl high school before opting for a degree course in political science at the University of Zurich. After completing her Bachelor’s degree, she specialised in international relations, democracy and development research for her Master’s degree, focusing specifically on conflict studies. She currently works at two research institutes in Berne.
For Cemre, it is important that young people are exposed to politics and system crises at an early age. The participation rate among young people is particularly low. It is even lower among young people with a migrant background. To counter this alienation, Cemre is a member of the board of the Migrantenverein Jugend- und Kulturhaus (young migrants’ cultural association) in Zurich, where she organises panel discussions and presentations on current political topics together with other young people.
It is the task of international NGOs to openly address human rights violations, such as child labour. It is even more important to have the international community commit to binding rules. With the adoption of the UN Charter, the United Nations has taken the first step towards preventing major human rights violations. Nevertheless, working towards the consistent ratification of international agreements still remains a major problem today. This is demonstrated in the case of the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child, which is not yet legally binding in all countries. As a Youth Rep, Cemre would like to inspire young people and young adults to take a critical look at this matter and make concrete demands at the UN. She looks forward to representing the concerns of young people at the UN.