Gambian youth need real chances to participate in political processes

Tuesday, September 04, 2018

Gambian youth need real opportunities to participate in political processes and contribute to practical solutions that advance development.

This can only be done if they are given the opportunity to organize, voice their opinions and play a meaningful role in political decision making.

To create that space for young people, the National Youth Council and International Republican Institute (IRI) organized a nationwide Regional Inter-Party Youth Dialogue to support and empower young people into politics.

Kanifing Municipality youth have dialogued among themselves to create common platforms and understanding for the peace and development of the country and enhance multi-party democracy and consolidating the peaceful coexistence among people and political parties.

However, young people demonstrated their willingness and ability to foster positive and lasting change in the country.

Meanwhile, as part of the outreach efforts to increase and amplify youth voices in Transitional Justice processes, the Gambia National Youth Council in collaboration with The Ministry of Justice and The Truth, Reconciliation and Reparations Commission (TRRC), United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) The Gambia, Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights and International Center for Transitional Justice (ICTJ) will be organising a two-day capacity building workshop and youth constituent assembly for youth leaders from across the country.

Funded by the United Nations Peace building Support Office, the session is scheduled to take place from 28-29 September 2018 in the Greater Banjul Area.