Global Youth Foundation (GYF)

Conflicts: Kashmir

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688 sector 5, Hamdaniya Colony, Bemina, Srinagar, Jammu & Kashmir, India
+ 91 94 69 09 99 88

Thematic areas

Children and youth
Conflict prevention and early warning
Human rights
Peace education
Transitional justice and reconciliation
Women, Peace and Security

Global Youth Foundation (GYF) is a voluntary organisation of young people, mainly in Jammu, Kashmir and Ladakh, which works to promote peace, inter-community harmony, and justice. It was founded by a group of students and other youth who were eager for social change. The organisation works peacefully for a more inclusive, liberal, secular society. It promotes human rights, dignity and democracy for all. It strives for women's rights and to empower the economically and socially weak.



GYF has involved itself throughout the region of Kashmir to help bridge the gap between communities in conflict. It has focused on the economy by helping unemployed young people. GYF has also led protests against human rights abuses by the police and army. Among other issues, it has focused on drug abuse, corruption and domestic violence. GYF has made documentary films on human rights and related issues. It has campaigned against capital punishment, draconian laws and human rights violations. It has organized candlelit vigils, torch-light rallies, processions, demonstrations ans signature campaigns on these issues. GYF has hosted interactive debates, discussions and forums organised in schools, colleges, and public places where eminent speakers and scholars speak to the public, to reduce violent protests and to maintain harmony. GYF worked round the clock for flood relief and rehabilitation in 2014. It has established blood donation camps and donated medical expenses and monetary assistance to those incapacitated in mine explosions.


We have inspired young men and women with hope. In a place and time where three types of responses are common; cynical exploitation of the opportunities of a conflict economy, callous indifference, and depression; we count this spark of hope as a major achievement. In an environment of increasing intolerance, we have not only promoted knowledge, understanding and acceptance of other types of people, our members have welcomed persons from other religious, sectarian and ethnic backgrounds into their homes. We are dedicated to building peace in our times - Touseef Raina, GYF Founder

Last updated: December 2019

How you can help

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The impact of your donation

$ 50 would allow us to hold a one-day workshop for peace-building, $ 70 would allow us to provide emergency relief to a victim of violence, $ 120 would allow us to support a child\'s school education for a year, $ 1,200 would allow us to employ a full-time activist for a year.

How to promote this organisation


Youth Participation in Political Process

The project entails involving youth in the political process and voting awareness during election times. 

Democracy and Governance

Global Youth Foundation, as a team, has always believed in the concept of Democracy and good Governance. We have been working hand in hand with the common people to bring out the best in the society and be a means of equity to the downtrodden. In a politically disrupted state like Jammu and Kashmir where people are thrown into sentiments and misinterpreting the meaning of democracy and justice, we have tried our level best to balance both sides of the equation and be politically neutral in order to carry out our work in a more efficient way and at the same time paving ways to meet the demands of the emotionally disturbed people.

Our project stems from these ideals for the idea is to strengthen democratic institutions. Therefore we contested the 2018 Municipal Elections wherein, 5 members from the organisation campaigned for ward membership and 1 member has been elected to become the Vice President of the Baramulla ( North Kashmir) Municipal Council.

Main aim and objective of the project is to create a youth leadership that engages with electoral processes  build a culture of service to people and use dialogical democratic means to implement  plans and strategies. We desire for a peaceful and democratic society where we are able to see the contentment even at the individual level. Under this project we have now established a Grievance Cell as people’s redressal, queries and interface space.