Fahad Shahbaz, a Pakistani youth leader and founder of the Youth General Assembly, received The Diana Award, the most prestigious accolade a young person can receive for their social action or humanitarian work, during a virtual ceremony – joined by Prince Harry and Prince William.
The Diana Award, a charity set up in the memory of Lady Diana Spencer, honors young people working to make the world a better place. Through Youth General Assembly, Fahad Shahbaz is advocating for youth empowerment and recommending policies to the government. Empowering youth to play a positive role as responsible citizens, he envisioned Pakistan as a truly democratic country.
“Today, we recognize the power of young people to inspire meaningful change. To all award recipients, congratulations. Your accomplishments are a testament to your character, passion and determination to make a difference, you are an inspiration to young people everywhere,” said Prince William, the king’s elder son and heir apparent to the British throne.
And to everyone watching, “all these stories remind us why organizations like The Diana Award are so important. It is a reminder that when we invest in young people, when we provide them with the tools and opportunities to make a difference, they can truly change the world. A belief shared by my mother, and one I am proud to continue in her name,” he said.
‘We know by receiving this honor, Diana Award recipients will inspire more young people to get involved in their communities and begin their own changemaking journey’
“Sometimes it’s easy to question one’s ability to make a difference. Your point about change for the better as a collective force is so important. When someone steps up to be of service, they automatically join this collective. No one is ever a conduit for change alone—each one of us has the ability to create a more equitable world,” said Prince Harry who appeared alongside Vee Kativhu, a 2021 Diana and Legacy Award recipient.
“I am reminded of the profound belief my mother held in the transformative power of young people. She recognized their unique ability to challenge the status quo and push for a more inclusive and compassionate society. Her legacy continues to inspire and serve as an example of how to navigate complexities of our world today. What gives me hope is the collective power we possess when we work together — the strength in the diversity of voices and perspectives that encompass it.”
“We warmly congratulate our new Diana Award recipients from the UK and across the world who are changemakers for their generation. These young people demonstrate that young people have the power to change the world; a belief also held by Princes Diana. We know by receiving this honor they will inspire more young people to get involved in their communities and begin their own changemaking journey,” said Tessy Ojo, CEO of The Diana Award.