Zambian Youth platform (ZYP) held a youth indaba for the youth to meet the lawmakers to bring to their attention various issues affecting them especially relating to Sexual Reproductive Health and Rights (SRHR).
The indaba also known as the RAHI was held from 16 to 17 December 2020 at Mika Convention Centre in Lusaka under the theme: “Advancing Prevention through Sustainable Solutions Led by Adolescents and Young People.”
ZYP Executive Director (ED) Sibu Malambo opened the RAHi by welcoming all delegates, dignitaries, and participants on behalf of ZYP and also said that it was encouraging to see technical partners who commit themselves to support the event online and physically, these included the SADC Secretariat, Uganda Network of AIDS Service Organizations (UNASO), and United National Population Fund (UNFPA) among others.
“The commitment shown in building the capacities of young people in the ESA region is evident by your participation in the youth indaba, the indaba has been taking place since 2018 and every year it takes a different shape. As ZYP we reaffirm our commitment to engage young people because we believe that Young people are vibrant so they have the capacity to make their own decisions.” -Sibu Malambo, ZYP Executive Director
And UNAIDS Country Director Dr. T. Barihuta thanked ZYP and its partners for providing an interactive forum and also commended their efforts in keeping the voices and vision of young people in the ESA region alive.
The indaba brought together 240 adolescents and young adults as well as key stakeholders from Eastern and Southern Africa (ESA) as well as Southern Africa Development Community (SADC) region focusing and committed to moving the SRHR agenda to share current SRHR best practices and research in the Southern African Development Community (SADC) region in order to promote SRHR and HIV-related service delivery for young people.
By Mutute Nsanganyi