Chitungwiza Community Development Network (CCDN) joins the nation of Zimbabwe in commemorating the Robert Mugabe National Youth Day.
It is very unfortunate that the youth are celebrating their first National Youth Day with nothing to show but poor, miserable and unemployed lives.
Although the youth constitute the largest percent of the Zimbabwean population, the youth continue to be politically, social and economically marginalized in Zimbabwe.
The youth are the most hit by the high levels of unemployment and poverty, despite the fact that most of them are highly educated.
The highest levels of youth unemployed has resulted in many youth engaging in criminal and immoral behaviors in order to earn a living.
Unemployed youth, who are University graduates are now involved in drug selling and abuse and teenage girls are now engaging in prostitution resulting in high prevalence of HIV and STIs amongst the young girls.
Youth remain less represented in the politics of the nation from local to national level, as they continue to be used by big political players to perpetrate political violence against their opponents.
The poor state of the health and education systems in Zimbabwe has resulted in young people being denied their fundamental and constitutional rights such as the right to education and the right to good health.
CCDN is urging the government to work in ensuring that the constitutional rights and youth policy provisions are implemented. The government should promote access to economic opportunities for youth.
CCDN calls upon the Government and political parties in Zimbabwe to create a supportive environment for the youth to be involved in politics and decision-making processes.
The Government should promote youth sensitivity in health service delivery and also to work in creating employment opportunities for the youth.
CCDN is also calling upon the youth who are 18 years of age and above to register to vote and to participate in the upcoming elections as candidates for them to safeguard their future and that of the coming generations.