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need own constitutional stakeholders conference
July 20, 2009
The youth need
their own constitutional All stakeholders conference were they deliberate
on their demands in the constitutional Making Process. The conferences
which were held so far did not adequately address their needs. It
was too general such that issues to do with interest groups such
as youth were not given ample time. Women are
justified to have hosted their own conference which was coordinated
Women's Lawyers Association (ZWLA) last week. It would
be fair for the youths to carry out the same process in the same
The Youth Forum
as a platform to deliberate on issues to do with youths recommends
that the following thematic areas should be tabled by the youths
for the youths, as opposed to the methodology used in the previous
all stakeholders conference where youths were only given a small
fraction of the conference time to deliberate on their issues.
- Gender and
Youth Service and National Youth Policy
- The disabled
- Sports and
And many more
which the youths may deem necessary.
held before the youths had to fast track their discussions to make
them fit within the confines of the conference. Besides the youths
only came in as participants on the day the conference kicks off.
The All stakeholders' youth conference should be owned by
the youths from the beginning to the end without any interference
from other stakeholders. The youths should then submit their demands
to the constitutional commission; this conference should also come
up with monitoring and evaluation mechanisms to the
implementation of their demands. The youths should also determine
how they will position themselves in their respective sub-committee.
the position of Youth Forum with regards to the constitutional making
process. We will continue to be a platform for deliberating issues
to do with youths and as such we are mobilizing, educating and conscentizing
youths to give their views from an informed position as well as
lobbying all stakeholders to include youthful views and concerns.
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