The girl child cannot be ready to take on the workforce if she is still trapped in a world that exploits and abuses her, forces her into early marriage, deprives her of good education and health, subjects her discrimination and makes her feel unsafe.
Human Trafficking or the modern slavery is still big problem in Southern Africa. Despite the efforts of SADC and its state member, associated to the Civil Society Organizations movement to combat the problem, many children and youth are trafficked and deprived for their dignity and rights as human beings.
This youth advocacy blog written by 23 year-old Francis Ocitti, in Uganda, tells of his experience growing up in an abusive home and the direct impact domestic violence had on his education and wellbeing. CALL TO ACTION- Everyone needs to work together to end violence against women and children.
Adolescent sexual and reproductive health concerns are rarely prioritised in established settlements. But what happens in displaced environments where the priorities are very basic − safety, a roof over one’s head; and daily meals?
Young people often use drugs as an escape from depression, dissatisfaction or as a way of escaping reality when they are unhappy.
Maxwell Simbuwa from Zambia wrote this blog after attending the RIATT-ESA sponsored Children and Youth conference at the 2017 Psychosocial Forum.
I recommend that government and NGOs should come together to address the challenges that keep girls out of school in Malawi. In addition to poverty and culture, a big problem is poorly-equipped schools. Government should construct schools in every community to reduce problems of travelling long distances for girls. More hostels should be constructed to avoid issues of overcrowding in boarding schools.
Early marriage has become a problem in the Dodoma region of Tanzania as in other parts of Africa. Early marriage can be a result of poverty, illiteracy, parental influence and cultural practices.
“Anna” from Tanzania wrote this blog wrote this blog after attending the RIATT-ESA sponsored Children and Youth Conference at the 2017 Psychosocial Forum.
My favorite hobby is writing books about the problems that worry me most in Angola and the whole world. I select a theme from these issues and create characters to convey specific messages to the readers. In writing each book, I focus on creating an emotional connection and moving my readers to action.