By Jerry Emmanson, Abuja –
In order to integrate youth and vulnerable groups into policy and developmental process, a non governmental organization, Fresh & Young Brains Development Initiative with support of Alexijan Consults has launched a campaign called #LeaveNoYouthBehind to mark its 9th anniversary in Abuja.
The campaign is launched to provide a unique platform for disabled and vulnerable youths to share and gain relevant experiences from key stakeholders and also advocates for inclusion in the policy and decision making process.
Speaking at the event, founder of the organisation, Barrister Nkiruka Nnaemego said the campaign draws its strength from the ‘Leave No One Behind’ principles of the SDG and targets youth with disability, special and health needs, young widows and widowers, young victims of violence etc.
While unveiling logo of the campaign, she said: “The event provides a special opportunity to unveil the #LeaveNoYouthBehind logo, present, and get endorsement and inputs from the representatives of the projects target population on key areas to focus the project and promote entrepreneurship among the marginalized population.”
Nkiruka said the initial phase of the campaign which will be jointly implemented as project for vulnerable youth by our organization and Alexijan Consults will run as a project from November 2017 to November 2020.
“The campaign will focus on research and documentation; policy advocacy and public mobilization on inclusion of vulnerable youth in policy and developmental processes; capacity building; documentary and position them to benefit from the #LeaveNoYouthBehind agenda for the achievement of the sustainable development goals (SDG).”
Also speaking, FCT Chief Social Welfare Officer, Youth Empower Section, Musa Mamman, expressed pleasure in the initiative to support youths in the country.
He said: “The overall goal of Nigeria’s gender equality policy is to build a just society devoid of discrimination, harness the full potentials of all social groups regardless of sex, circumstance and promote human rights, and protect health, social, economic and political wellbeing of all citizens in order to achieve equitable and rapid economic growth.
Mamman urged the target participants to come up with ideas and issues that affect them so government can capture it in its social policy programme. He said the social welfare office will continue to work with the organization towards achieving even greater results in youth development.
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