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Lusaka - Monday 17 October 2016 - Social Media Event with Youth Volunteers
The Civil Society for Poverty Reduction (CSPR) is a civil society network that has been building the voice for poor in the fight against poverty.
For the 17 October 2016, they brought together a group of 20 young Zambians who volunteer for a number of NGOs working on Poverty and Development. So on the 17th, using social media they shared their experiences with the form of poverty that they are currently experiencing and how they have felt humiliated and excluded in their communities.
1) What are the forms of deprivation that you and other young people in your community experience?
Ending poverty is imperative so that human beings may live a life of dignity and reach their potential.
Young people lack access to youth friendly health services and information.
Participation in policy making is depriving the youths because there is no one to represent them with the problems faced, and the other challenge is lack of empowerment fund for the youths to help them have a living.
This leads to a poverty vicious cycle hence forth, perpetuating exclusion and humiliation. Lack of access to quality education, decent accommodation, lack of participation in decision making.
Major challenge is lack of information on issues.
Remember let us not leave anyone behind.
Freedom of speech and participation.
Lack of Healthcare facilities, parks and recreation centers. As well as a training centers where young people can learn survival skills such as carpentry, welding,etc
The majority of young people in the rural areas have no access to education.
Youths lack access to information on fundamental human rights and recreation programs like sports.
2) What do you think are some of the causes of Inequality among young people in your community?
Some causes of inequality in my community are education people still think education is for boys and not girls.
Lack of access to an equal education.
Luck of empowerment programs for the youths.
3 ) Is there a form of exclusion that you experience in your community due to the humiliation resulting from your deprivation as young person?
Lack of institutions that are entirely established to fight for the youths and the marginalised in society. To think of it if youths and women account for the majority of our population then why don't we have even a political party for the youth?
Youth unemployment......early marriages.....no access to land....
No effective participation in decision making.
As youths we don't fully participate in policy making.
4 ) How can the government and community contribute to ending inequality and all forms of poverty in your community?
Call for discussion forums through different groupings. Community water taps,schools,church,workplaces,bus station etc
They can contribute by giving equal opportunities and giving empowerment programs to the community.
Community Capacity Building
Community: by actively participating in governance issues and being actively involved in decision making.
Government: access to information plays a very big role because many people do not know that it is their right to have equal access to merit goods such as healthcare, education, clean water and sanitation. Some schools are known to be for the rich as well as other hospitals which shouldn't be the case so there is need for communities to be empowered with information on various issues.
Community: need to speak about inequality openly in order to address it. The community should not just wait for the government to act but take ownership and responsibility in community led development programs to enhance development.
Deliberate policy on equal resource allocation and full community participation.
This event will bring together a group of 20 young Zambians who volunteer for a number of NGOs working on Poverty and Development. On 17 October, using social media they will share their experiences with the form of poverty that they are currently experiencing and how they have felt humiliated and excluded in their communities. The Volunteers using the #EndPoverty and #LeaveNoOneBehind hashtag will also demand their leaders to live up to ending poverty, inequality and injustice by 2030!