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Govt must take care of youths

23 Feb 2022 at 05:53hrs | Views
ECONOMIC Justice for Women Project (EJWP) joins Zimbabwe in commemorating the National Youth Day, a day meant to celebrate the efforts made by young people in building the country.

The theme for this year is.

The youth in Zimbabwe constitutes 67,7% of its 15 million people with the majority being young women.

The contemporary status of young women in Zimbabwe reflects the increased socio-economic inequality gap.

The minimal focus on corruption and partisan abuse of power in public resource distribution and use has impacted social service delivery which reflects on the socio-economic status of the young people.

Researches indicate that the prevalence of drug abuse is at 57% among young people in Zimbabwe.

Young women are more vulnerable as reflected in the increase in gender-based violence, rape, teenage pregnancies, suicides and mental health issues.

To this end, EJWP calls upon the government through the respective ministries to consider the following recommendations:

Women Affairs ministry — To cement advocacy efforts by the women's movement to enhance socio-economic security for young women.

Youth ministry — To amplify and implement calls for social and economic support from young people in Zimbabwe, particularly vulnerable groups.

Health and Child Care ministry — Needs to strengthen psycho-social support by establishing friendly institutions/environments and support networks at community level.

Home Affairs ministry — To strengthen investigative and punitive measures to ensure an end to drug paddling across Zimbabwe, ensuring justice for all survivors.

Finance ministry — To adequately finance the ministry with the mandate to give socio-economic support to young women to end drug trafficking.

Primary and Secondary Education ministry — To facilitate young women access to education and capacitate them on drug abuse and its consequences.

Small and Medium Enterprises ministry — To increase economic opportunities for young people, facilitate their growth and independence, reducing their vulnerabilities to desperation and anxiety that can trigger the abuse of drugs and substances.

Civil society organisations — To strategically collaborate among ourselves, with relevant ministries, parliamentarians and the broader citizenry to curb drug abuse among young people, particularly young women.

Source - Newsday zimbabwe
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