MEMBERS of Parliament from the youth caucus have been urged to advocate and lobby for youth-centred legislation.

Addressing legislators during an induction workshop held in Mutare recently, Youth Caucus chairperson Stanley Sakupwanya said it was the role of lawmakers to influence policies that empower the youths.

“As youth caucus MPs, our role in advocacy and lobbying necessitates through understanding of parliamentary procedures, communication strategies and media engagement (sic),” Sakupwanya said.

“It is through these avenues that we can influence policies and laws that empower the youth of our nation. The agenda for the programme is comprehensive, covering topics such as the roles and functions of the parliamentary youth caucus, parliamentary business procedures, leadership and personal development as well as advocacy and lobbying strategies for youth-centred legislation.”

He said it was imperative to recognise that the repercussions of the laws enacted today would have a lasting impact on the youths.

“Therefore, it is crucial that the voices of young people are heard and reflected in legislation to address critical issues such as education, unemployment and climate change. Furthermore, I urge us all to champion the development of the youth Bill.

“This Bill will provide a legal framework to ensure accountability in the implementation of youth policies and initiatives,” he said.

The youth Bill was outlined by President Emmerson Mnangagwa in the 2023 State of the Nation Address as one of the crucial Bills that Parliament should consider.

“Our ability to seize opportunities and break barriers hinges on our preparedness and skills. As the institution of Parliament, we believe that issues of youth participation require team effort and collaboration,” he added.

 Sakupwanya said working together across party lines, with government ministries, civil society organisations and the private sector would be instrumental in achieving legislative goals. — NewsDay

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