𝙉𝘾𝘾𝙀 𝙍𝙖𝙡𝙡𝙞𝙚𝙨 𝙋𝙤𝙡𝙞𝙩𝙞𝙘𝙖𝙡 𝙋𝙖𝙧𝙩𝙞𝙚𝙨 𝙩𝙤 𝙋𝙧𝙤𝙢𝙤𝙩𝙚 𝙔𝙤𝙪𝙩𝙝 𝙋𝙖𝙧𝙩𝙞𝙘𝙞𝙥𝙖𝙩𝙞𝙤𝙣 𝙞𝙣 𝙋𝙤𝙡𝙞𝙩𝙞𝙘𝙨.
As political parties gear for their biennial congresses and look to the 2023 Local Government Elections, The NCCE today convenes National Dialogue with Political Parties’ National Executive Committees on the Increased Inclusion of Young People in Political Party Leadership Positions.
Supported by UN Peacebuilding Fund through UNFPA The Gambia the programme is aimed at creating a platform for dialogue, identifying challenges, and making a commitment to enhancing the inclusion of youths – including those with disabilities – in leadership positions and decision-making structures of political parties.
The chairman of NCCE, Alh. Sering Faye in his opening remarks urged political party leaders to advance young people’s needs and rights and make sure their voices are effectively heard in political parties by including them in decision-making processes.
Alh. Sering Faye noted that providing space for young people to safely express their views and opinions is imperative when embarking on journeys towards social and environmental justice and peace. “We urgently need a forum in which young people can engage with each other, and those in power, in structured discussions to establish long-term and meaningful solutions.” He said.
UNFPA The Gambia Country Representative Ndeye Rose Sarr noted that “equal representation and access to decision-making spaces are important for the advancement of young people’s rights.
UNFPA The Gambia The Gambia is committed to promoting & supporting youth participation in leadership”.
Speaking on behalf of the Minister of Youth and Sports, The Permanent Secretary of the Ministry, Mr. Saikou Sanyang, outlined that giving young people a voice in decision-making expands the pool of active citizens and fosters the development of inclusive, strong communities. Because it strikes a balance between young people’s social rights and their obligations, youth engagement is essential to the development of active citizenship.
Other speakers at the opening include the Inter-Party Co-Chair and National Assembly Member for Niani who spoke on behalf of the NA Committee Members on Education, Training, and ICT.
Source: NCCE. The article was written by NCCE.