The theme of this year’s international youth day was “Youth Engagement for Global Action” which emphasizes giving youth a full representation in local, national, and international actions. This means that providing them with all the necessary skills that enrich them to actively engage in formal political institutions. The Youth today are so much desperate to involve in decision-making bodies so that they can decide their future.
Policymakers around the world are nowadays investing in youth and giving much consideration to them. They all believe that giving youth the right opportunities can contribute to their societies. Unlike Somalia, a country whose population more than 70% under the age of 30 years has not yet to realize the significance of giving youth enough participation in both policy and decision-making bodies.
Although the founding fathers of our nation were only 13 youth who fought hard to gain our independence, yet again the youth has been pivotal to many conflicts that Somalia has undergone. They have been used and recruited for the civil wars on one hand and being victims of conflict on the other hand. Despite all those obstacles, in many recent years, the Somali youth has played a major role in social development and good governance.
We have to acknowledge and appreciate them, rather than ignoring their huge contributions for a better Somalia. They have been voluntarily working in promoting peace, coordinating in humanitarian issues, improving health and education, advocating justice and development and so many things.
How the Somali Youth are contributing in Different Sectors
In Health, as the world faces difficult times for the fight of an invisible global enemy, which caused the loss of the lives of many beloved people, impacted our economy, education system, social development, and also every aspect of our lives. The young Somali male and female health workers are at the frontline in every health facility in the fight against COVID19 and also consistently raising awareness towards the virus.
In Economy reforms, following the loss of the central government in 1991, since then, Somali’s economy faced a huge setback initially caused by ongoing conflicts. The long civil wars have led to huge devastation to our economy. However, our economy is reforming and our business communities are so resilient. So many youths have come up with new innovation towards Entrepreneurial and technology which also improving our economic reforms.
In Humanitarian, The humanitarian context in Somalia remains fragile for so many long seasons. Repeated natural disasters like droughts and floods are the leading causes to worsen the pre-existing situation. Whenever a humanitarian situation arises, the youth are the frontline when it comes to coordinate and lead such efforts towards responding to the emerging issue.
In Peace promotion and Development: In recent years, youth have been competitive when it comes to creating a peaceful environment. So many youth organizations led by young people have been advocating peace, justice, equity, and development. They created a safe space for social integration among themselves. They also came up with a new innovative approach towards promoting peace and development across many regions.
In Conclusion, it’s time that youth should unite and seek their representation with a great voice. No one will fight for them other than themselves. We can unite and work hard for a better Somalia so that our next generation will have all the opportunity they need. Eventually, we cannot always build the future for our youth, but we can build our youth for the future.