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Youth Agenda Trust Statement on International Youth Day

Youth Agenda Trust joins other progressive youth across the World in celebrating International Youth Day, a day set aside to recognize the role young people are playing in ensuring that the world is a better place for all and their never ending desire   not only to be torch bearers of tomorrow but also of today.

This year's theme, "Building a Better World: Partnering with Youth €, thus fits perfectly well in the youth's endeavour to build a better World from the ashes of corruption, wars, HIV and AIDS, Violence among others ills that have made this planet a dangerous place to live.

Zimbabwe today is an example of a promising country which was brought to its knees because of a generation that still believes that it has the legitimacy and monopoly to loot state resources, subject others to hunger and poverty, maim and kill fellow citizens and above all continue to rule the country when it is evident that they have not only reached their sell by date, but have failed to realize that the future of the country rest with the youth of this country.

We call upon the government of Zimbabwe to address pressing challenges that young people are facing in the country such as high levels of unemployment and marginalization from decision making processes, which themselves are key deliverables of the Millennium Development Goals.

We also see the opportunity of writing the new constitution as a key step in ensuring that young people's issues are mainstreamed at a national level. We therefore urge the principals in the Inclusive government to ensure that the rights of the youth are also placed in the Bill of Rights as we feel the provisions of the current draft are not sufficient to guarantee youth rights which can be claimed in a court of law.

We also want to urge the inclusive government to ensure that the Global Political Agreement is implemented in full as this is the only guarantee of free and fair elections that will be devoid of violence that has always been used by politicians in this country to cow youths into submission. We hope the new constitution will guarantee the youth a quota in all levels of decision making.

 

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