Youth

MESSENGERS OF PEACE

Last week, the dialogue among peace messengers shifted from Sando, Sweden, to Abuja, Nigeria, and this time it was among persons from different ethnic, educational and social backgrounds. Simply put, it was not a homogenous group.

MESSENGERS OF PEACE

The peace dialogue goes on. We mentioned at both local and international fora that young people are not given equal participation in the work for peace and that adolescents in peacebuilding initiatives are still perceived as indirect beneficiaries/recipients of donor assistance rather than contributors to peacebuilding and peace consolidation initiatives.

MESSENGERS OF PEACE

It is becoming increasingly obvious that for peace to begin to yield dividends, the active participation of adolescents in peace and security must be assured. Last week, we mentioned that meaningful involvement of adolescents in peace and security matters is not only essential but critical. We also mentioned the urgency required to raise peace awareness among adolescents if attitudes to peace participation are to be changed.

MESSENGERS OF PEACE

This month; dialogue among peace messengers shifted from the role women in power inspiring and supporting younger women to thrive and grow, to the role of adolescents in peacebuilding and consolidation of peace.

In discussing the role of young people in peacebuilding, we were reminded of the outcome of three high school debates that prepositioned young people are ill equipped and inexperienced and therefore should not be involved or asked to participate in peace and security matters.

MESSENGERS OF PEACE

This week, we conclude our series on women in power. The central theme to this discourse is on three observations; first is how women in power empower other women, peer approach to growth and behavior of younger women to development.

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