The Upper West Regional Chapter of ‘Activista’ has been launched in Wa with a call on youth groups in the region to join the growing movement of young people across the globe to help shape societies that offers greater opportunities for all.
The launching, which formed part of activities marking this year’s International Youth Day Celebration, was held under the theme: “Youth Building Peace”.
Mr Tontie Binado, ActionAid Upper West Regional Programme Officer, who launched the youth movement, called for support from all stakeholders in the region in order to help promote the activities of the youth network.
“We will support the voice and agency of those who are excluded wherever we work, strengthening their leadership and engagement in organisations and movements, as well as national, regional and global policy spaces through ActionAid new International Strategy dubbed “Action for Global Justice”, he said.
Mr Binado said this global network of youth movement – Activista, which had been an integral part of ActionAid’s work over the years, would continue to play a key role in the struggle to advance global justice.
He said with half the world’s population now less than 25 years of age and 85 per cent residing in developing countries, younger generations were poised to play an important role in transforming and shaping more just, equitable and sustainable societies.
“Young people have powered spontaneous and innovative mobilizations in the face of injustice in some regions, often questioning the status quo”, he said.
“This potential, offers opportunities to counter growing despair with high levels of youth unemployment in many countries where we work, alongside the increasing privatization of education and continued violations of young women’s sexual and reproductive rights”, he said.
Mr Binado appealed to members of the Upper West Regional chapter of ‘Activista’ to demonstrate high levels of commitment and volunteerism to ensure the vibrancy of the youth network in the region.
Naa Robert Bob Loggah, the chief of Tibani, said the in the hands of the youth lay the future but one could not move into the future in conflict, hence the need for the youth to gain some conflict management skills.
He also admonished the youth to learn how to control their anger, stressing that if they knew how to control their anger, then it would be easier for them to also control conflicts.
Miss Adline Kunveng, Upper West Regional Coordinator of ‘Activista’, appealed to members across the entire region to promote the activities of the youth network in their various districts to attract more people to help them achieve their goal.
The youth were also educated on the importance of tax justice and the need for them to contribute their quota towards achieving tax justice in the country.