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It’s Time For Young People To Get Political | The Youth Cafe

It’s Time For Young People To Get Political | The Youth Cafe

Zambia’s youngest mayor urges youth to get active in politics

BY MWIKA SIMBEYE

For many young people in Africa, a university degree opens the door to a decent job and a comfortable life. At university, however, not every student will focus on their studies; some often lose concentration as they enjoy a new-found freedom from what they perceive as the overbearing influence of parents or guardians.

Youth & Political Participation | The Youth Cafe

Youth & Political Participation | The Youth Cafe

Youth discontented with politics yet less likely to vie or even vote

BY FRANCK KUWONU

When law enforcement officers rounded up a group of political demonstrators in The Gambia’s capital, Banjul, in December 2016, most of those arrested were young people. They were protesting against The Gambia’s then president Yahya Jammeh’s decision to stay in office after having initially conceded defeat to his electoral opponent, Adama Barrow. Under sustained local and international pressure, he finally relinquished power and went into exile.

Youth Active Participation in Leadership is Powerful Tool of Youth Empowerment and Prosperity | The Youth Cafe

Youth Active Participation in Leadership is Powerful Tool of Youth Empowerment and Prosperity | The Youth Cafe

By martin mutai

One of the ways the youth can be empowered is by them actively being part of the leadership and having their say in decision making. Youth leadership is a subject that has gained traction in recent years. More than before the youths are now embolden, courageous and ready to take leadership and chart a better future for fellow youths and the generations to come. The adage, “youths are the leaders of tomorrow” probably stopped making much sense, when the youths sobered up and endeared to be part of the current leadership rather than waiting longer on side-lines.

Youthful Minister Opening Doors for Women and Girls | The Youth Cafe

Youthful Minister  Opening Doors for  Women and Girls | The Youth Cafe

BY BABOKI KAYAWE

Bogolo Kenewendo describes herself as having been “an ordinary Botswana child with an ordinary upbringing.”Ms. Kenewendo, poised and focused beyond her years, is being modest. At 32 she is Botswana’s youngest minister, in charge of investment, trade and industry. She holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees in economics, specializing in macroeconomic policy, public debt management, export development and other trade-related fields.

African Women in Politics: Miles to go before parity is achieved | The Youth Cafe

BY ZIPPORAH MUSAU

In the fight for gender equality, women around the world have advanced in small and large ways. Yet for women in Africa, progress is measured in micro steps, and the struggle has a long way to go. The good news is that women’s rep-resentation in political decision making has been on the rise globally. The not-so-good news is that the increase has been stubbornly slow, barely 1% in 2018 compared with the previous year. In 2018 the number of women ministers world-wide reached an all-time high at 20.7% (812 out of 3922).

Africa, Youth and Supranational Democracy | The Youth Cafe

Africa, Youth and Supranational Democracy | The Youth Cafe

By Susanna Cafaro,

Many people react with suspicion and mistrust when they hear the two words global governanceand even worse when they hear about global laws or global constitutionalism. I can understand them. They are afraid of an authoritarian, elitist system, going to limit the sovereignty of states and communities, to suppress self-determination, to flatten cultural identities. A real nightmare. Paradoxically, this is what happens with globalization in the absence of a global rule of law, what happens right now, when the forces of market and the pressure to competitiveness are left alone to govern processes and outcomes.

Will Young People Influence Nigerian Elections on Saturday? | The Youth Cafe

Will Young People Influence Nigerian Elections on Saturday? | The Youth Cafe

By Emmanuel Haruna

As citizens safeguard their Permanent Voters Cards (PVCs) ahead of 2019 general elections, it will prove a litmus-test for Nigeria's democratic process. Increased awareness for PVCs was never heard before than now since the return of democracy in 1999. It is evident that bad politicians are voted into public spaces or offices by good people who refuse to vote.