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This session will showcase how road safety contributes to reducing inequalities, especially among disabled youths. It will discuss the impact of road traffic crashes on disadvantaged communities and share key findings and recommendations from a new policy brief on Road Safety & Sustainable Development Goal 10 (Reduce inequality within and among countries).

Like all the YDAR online sessions, this event is free and will be delivered via Zoom (closed captions are provided).

Date and time: Thursday, 26 October, 13:00 – 14:30 BST (15.00 – 16.30 EAT)

Registration: click on this link and fill in the Eventbrite form and receive the Zoom link for the event.


Stefania Minniti, Advocacy Director at YOURS, has a Bachelor’s in Political Science and International Relations and a Master’s in International Development Cooperation. She has over a decade of work experience in international cooperation and, promoting human rights and gender equality, meaningful youth engagement, and worked in INGOs and UN. She also participated in research and publication in different fields, the latest contribution was about  youth engagement and road safety with Lancet Child and Adolescent health, Academic Journal.

Dr. İbrahim Öztürk, SDG10 Champion, is a traffic and transportation psychologist and currently a research fellow at the Institute for Transport Studies, University of Leeds. He obtained his BSc (Hons) in Psychology in 2015 and MSc and PhD degrees in Traffic and Transportation Psychology from the Department of Psychology, Middle East Technical University, Turkey in 2017 and 2021, respectively. He is interested in human factors in driving, especially individual differences when investigating the interaction between road users and vehicle technologies and their antecedents including distracted driving and culture at the organisational and national levels.

Olufunke Afesojaye, SDG5 Champion, graduated with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in English from Obafemi Awolowo University in 2018, she also possesses a Certificate in Gender Based Violence in Emergencies Course from the American University of Nigeria in 2020. She got a State National Youth Service Meritorious Award for service from the Governor of Yobe State Nigeria in 2020 and  she recently won the Nigerian Presidential Honors Award.

Jacob Smith, Regional Leader, is a diehard visionary movement builder. He has his own consultancy service in road safety and mobility justice which delivers high-impact community organizing for transforming mobility access in BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, and People of Color) communities. He is currently the Executive Director of the National Organizations for Youth Safety (NOYS). Since 2014, he has presented at over 190 conferences and led projects in 12 states, mobilizing youth for safe and sustainable communities. Jacob serves as the Regional Leader of the Global Youth Coalition for Road Safety and works across the nation to mobilize young people to meaningfully engage in participation for road safety and the UN Sustainable Development Goals.