Women’s Global and VacNet partnered to host a Youth Advocacy Forum for the first time at the Gulu Women’s Resource Center (GWRC) to address chronically high rates of youth unemployment – estimated at 70% in the Gulu District. Youth in the region have limited participation in the planning and governance, and lack leadership and advocacy skills, making youth involvement and participation in governance and development agendas unrealistic. The forum had a theme of “Get Inspired, Get Informed, Get Organized.”
The goal of the event was to inspire, educate and call on youth leaders in northern Uganda to become more vocal, well-informed, better-organized advocates and change-makers.
Mr. Okello Geoffrey, a seasoned human rights activist and Executive Director of Gulu District NGO Forum, facilitated the youth forum to share practical tips and tools. Fifty parish youth leaders gathered to learn about advocacy skills, tools and platforms to caucus and discuss issues that affect youth in their community, as well as suggest recommendations.