Organizing for Zimbabwe (O4Z) Trust joins the rest of the world in commemorating the International Youth Day, a day instituted by United Nations as an opportunity for governments and other stakeholders to draw attention to a given set of cultural and legal issues surrounding youth worldwide.
Women’s vulnerability to economic exploitation, gender based violence, HIV/AIDS and poverty has increased due to limited access to financial, land and health. This coupled with the violent, patriarchal, cultural, and religious beliefs as well as myths around young women’s involvement in the public spheres; young women have largely been excluded in the national and community leadership structures.
The imagination, ideals and energies of young people are vital for the continuing development of the societies in which they live and their participation in the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) is grounded upon their ability to access knowledge and information to effectively impact in the development discourse of their communities and nations.
Opportunities for children in rural areas still remain limited in Zimbabwe. High school dropout especially among the girl child and lack of adequate and conducive learning facilities are characteristic of most rural areas in Zimbabwe. This is despite the government’s efforts to construct schools closer to the communities as a way of responding to the long distances pupils had to do with to get to the nearest school.
Antagonistic life experiences such as divorce or death of parents or caregivers, neglect and abuse by families and extended family members as well as peer pressure can leave the girl child vulnerable to various forms of self-destructive behaviour such as promiscuity among other negative behaviours, at times to try and solve the emotional pain they hold.
The world is in the era of implementing Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) which were drafted after the millennium goals were found inadequate. Primarily the SDGs are designed to confront poverty in all its forms everywhere. Poverty remains an adversary that no society can afford to ignore or underrate.