Restless Development hosted a second quarterly Youth Dialogue Forum at the National Stadium in Freetown on 23rd June.
The forum brought together 40 young people, policy makers and other stakeholders in a discussion around Violence and Youth Participation in Politics.
Towards the end of the discussion participants were encouraged to work together to come up with recommendations on the role that can be played by political parties, civil society and youth-serving organisations to ensure the 2012 elections in Sierra Leone are free from violence and have full youth participation.
These recommendations will now be compiled and turned in to an advocacy tool for influencing the decisions of policy-makers and political parties.
Many negative perceptions of young people as perpetrators of violence were created during the civil conflict in Sierra Leone. But as keynote speaker, Youth Commissioner Mr Anthony Koroma stated, the marginalisation of young people from political processes was one of the root causes of the conflict.
One of the goals of Restless Development Sierra Leone’s Youth Leadership and Advocacy Programme is to ensure that not only are young people’s voices heard in the key political issues facing the country but that they are also brought right in to the heart of decision-making processes.
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