Monthly Archives: June 2016

African Youth in Southern Africa

African Youth in Southern Africa…

African Youth specifically in South Africa regard June 16 as Youth Day. This started about 40 years ago when the students were prostesting against the forced use of Afrikaans language as a medium of instruction in some of their schools. In those days youth leaders took the struggle to different provinces in South Africa and became unstoppable.

Just across South African borders is another rising youth leader who is approaching youth concerns in a different angle. His name is Mcleo Mapfumo.

Mcleo Mapfumo has become one of the most influential youth in Zimbabwe. He is the Youth President of Zimbabwe United Nations Association, a Youth Representative in the UN Major Group for Children and Youth (UN MGCY) for Humanitarian Affairs, a part of the Global Youth Network, a representative to the UN DPI/NGO Cluster for Youth, and a Post-2015 Development Agenda Youth Advocate.

Mcleo works at the grassroots level to stop the top-down approach to government in Zimbabwe. He believes that the local people have been isolated, and their voices have been silenced. He aims to help grassroots organizations in Zimbabwe improve the lives of marginalized groups through the use of Agenda 2030, also known as the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs or Global Goals) proposed by the United Nations.

Mcleo is determined to bring the 17 United Nations Sustainable Development Goals to Zimbabwe. He plans to initiate a program to translate these goals into the local languages of Zimbabwe. Furthermore, he hopes to use sign language in order to increase the number of people receive information regarding the sustainable development goals; if more people are educated, more people will work to reach these goals.

Another goal of his is to increase the amount of youth involvement and youth leadership in Zimbabwe. Mcleo believes that young people are the future for the country, so it is imperative that they work as early as possible with the government to create a better future. He is working with high school students and university-aged youth, both in and out of school, in order to get the youth interested in the future of Zimbabwe.

Mcleo believes that if students participate in activities such as model United Nations in high school and university, they will want to become educated, empowered, and change the world. He also predicts that after the youth discover what issues they are interested in, these youths can then push their respective local leaders to advocate for change to meet their needs.

There is a common trend between the Youth of June 1976 in South Africa and that of Mcleo of Zimbabwe. The common factor is the language barrier. This is Mcleo Mapfumo approach, “he is determined to bring the 17 United Nations Sustainable Development Goals to Zimbabwe. He plans to initiate a program to translate these goals into the local languages of Zimbabwe. Furthermore, he hopes to use sign language in order to increase the number of people receive information regarding the sustainable development goals; if more people are educated, more people will work to reach these goals.”

 

 

 

 

Statelessness or The Absence of Nationality

Statelessness or The Absence of Nationality


It is a problem affecting at least 10 Million people globally. There is no region on the planet that does not host stateless persons. In addition to the indignity being without nationality, stateless persons are often denied basic right, such as access to education and health care. While statelessness is a serious problem, it can be resolved and parliamentarians can play a vital role in achieving law reforms to prevent, reduce and ultimately, end Statelessness worldwide.

In law, statelessness is the lack of nationality, or the absence of a recognized link between an individual and any state. A stateless person is someone who is “not considered as a national by any state under the operation of its law”; he or she has no citizenship or nationality.

Statelessness – Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Parliament, the Inter-Parliament Union and the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees organised a two day conference or convention to discuss how national legislatures can successfully contribute to ending statelessness worldwide.

Lawmakers were encouraged to persuade their government to accede to the Conventions as well as relevant international/regional treaties, adopt legislation that correspond to the provisions contained in the Conventions and institute safeguards against statelessness, regardless of whether they are parties to the Conventions.

Delegates identified that there was a need to understand and address the roots causes of displacement- from conflict over resources, to poor governance: human right violations or unequal access to development benefits, among others, and explore what governments, parliamentarians, the sector, humanitarian organisations civil society and others can do to address these pressing challenges. Awareness raising campaigns and partnerships between parliaments and civil society were critical to ending statelessness and achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)

The National assembly adopted the final report of the Ad Hoc Joint Committee on Probing Violence Against Foreign Nationals. Parliament set up the multi-party committee earlier this year to investigate the outbreak of violence against foreign nationals, where seven people, three of them South Africans, lost their lives and shops were looted.

The report identifies the following roots causes- social, economic and political issues affecting both South Africans and foreign nationals and finds that the main causes of the violent attacks were criminal actions that started with the stealing of goods from foreign owned spaza by South African criminals who are often drug addicts.

The report recommended that the affected countries and parliament work together to address Social-economic and political conditions and that the relevant government bodies should continue to monitor, pre-empt and protect vulnerable communities. The Democratic Alliance described the report as flawed as it failed to recognize xenophobia as a crime. Meanwhile, the EFF criticized the report for not offering any new solutions.

Here is another article about Revolutionary New Land for Housing Projects Plan.