Youth


Gwendolyn S. Myers

MESSENGERS OF PEACE

The dialogue on harnessing the latent energy of young people towards a peaceful electoral process continues.

Harnessing the latent energy of young people for the peaceful conduct on the next Presidential elections in Liberia is not merely a strategy, but the strategy for the peaceful conduct of the elections. Never again should young people be drawn into violent extremism and elections violence. The time has come for our politicians to harness the latent energy in young people for peace and for young people to unleash their potentials for peace.


Gwendolyn S. Myers

MESSENGERS OF PEACE

As we commence our weekly article for 2017, we offer you a heart full of peace. January brings the New Year and the annual right of starting over such as adopting resolutions, setting goals and looking ahead. Like many people, I look at January as a time of renewal, a time to look back, take stock and also look ahead.

Looking back, it is our hope that Liberia as a nation would spend more money this year on peace consolidation initiatives than it would spend on its military defense program because we would all benefit on programs that socially uplift young people and women.


Gwendolyn S. Myers

MESSENGERS OF PEACE

Dialogue amongst peace messengers took place on several fronts and addressing several issues. During the four hours layover in Brussels enroute Monrovia-Liberia, we addressed issues of relationships between men and women, in Minnesota we addressed the contributions of
Liberians in diaspora to peace and development and on Christmas day, it was time to address innovative ideas for peace as well as deal directly with a latent conflict at a dinner in Mamba point.

MESSENGERS OF PEACE

In addressing the opportunities for peace, we must first and foremost identify the challenges of non-involvement of young people in peace building processes. These challenges include, but are not limited to, attitudes of the youth to peace and to peacebuilding initiatives that is further curtailed by the lack of cooperation between local non-government and the international donor community, which to date has failed to produce strong partnerships with youth led organizations.

MESSENGERS OF PEACE

The lessons learnt from our dialogue among peace messengers in Abuja last week continue even as we commemorate the first anniversary since the adoption of the UNSCR # 2250, which provides a solid platform for the engagement, involvement and participation of young people in peace and security matters.

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