Africa’s youth account For more than 60℅ of the continents population.
This is a huge resource if adequately harnessed for ensuring meaningful participation, representation and observance of human rights on the continent.
However, the challenge remains the limited participation of this huge resource in formal political processes and insufficient enjoyment of their rights.
This challenge often leads to disenfranchisement and frustrations which if not adequately addresses threatens social cohesion, peace and security of the society to expand thier capabilities..
Harnessing the Demographic Dividend on the continent requires investments in ensuring participatory, representative and inclusive political processes as well as responsive state institutions.
The young people must be involved in local, national and regional policy implementation in addition to socio-political attitude changes are capable of providing the foundation door unleashing the creative potentials of an increasingly educated and ensuring greater access For young people to effectively engage and participate in local Government, legislatures, Judiciary and political parties will significantly accelerate the attainment of the goals of the African Union agenda 2063 and Agenda 2030 respectively.
In laying the foundation for harnessing the Demographic Dividend and propelling transformative development of AU Member states, investments must be made in continuously opening the political space, upholding rights, ensuring participatory Governance and empowering African Youth.
In accelerating the implementation of these commitments, the young people need to engage the leadership of the African Union commission AUC, Government, and policy institutions needed to harness the Demographic Dividend for the attainment of the agenda 2063 and the 2030 sustainable development goals.
The keys and Deliverable Plan of actions requires the following strategic engagement;
1) Ensuring the universal ratification, domestication and full implementation of all Union sheared Values instruments including the African Youth Charter (AYC) and the African Charter on Democracy, Elections and Governance (ACDEG) by all member state of the African Union by the end of 2017.
2) Eliminate barriers to active participation of youth in nation building including in political spaces and put in place mechanism to facilitate thier meaningful participation in political parties, Parliaments, judiciary, cabinets, and civil service structure of member states..
3) Remove all discriminatory laws and limitation to full participation of youth people in electoral process through inclusive electoral laws and Constitutions for which Foster’s effective diversity management. #NotToYoungToRun
4) strengthen independent youth formations Networks and organizations including establishment of independent youth commission’s at national and sub-regional levels to champion youth activities.
5) strengthen AU’s institutional structure and delivery capacity for youth empowerment and development through the elevation of the youth division to a Directorate.
6) Appoint an AU special Envoy on youth to lead Advocacy and champion the prioritization of youth issues within continental and other decision making spaces.
7) Ensure the implementation of various decisions of AU Assembly of Heads of States on youth leadership and participation in decision making processes, in this vein, efforts must be put in place to establish an annual Youth Parliament and a model African Union assembly at the continental level.
In order to achieve this, and making it the African we want, the youth must continue to unite, organize and engage through active participation, getting involved, taking decisions and getting results.
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Viva All Youth Revolutionaries!!!!