Women and Democracy, on Wednesday, announced the launch of 'Youth Transforming Tomorrow' which will be carried out March 3-28 .
The youth empowerment project will be structured into forums during which young people can present their opinions and concerns to community leaders regarding a myriad of topics.
While 'Youth Transforming Tomorrow' is aimed at young people residing in the capital city of Male', 300 participants are expected to attend. Additionally, representatives from embassies, consulates, businesses, other NGOs and relevant government ministries will also take part in the project. Women and Democracy highlighted that some sessions will be attended by ministers themselves.
The topics to be tackled during 'Youth Transforming Tomorrow' are:
- Education, employment and participation
- Mental health
- Drug abuse
- Youth, conflict and juvenile delinquency
- Leisure time activities
- Girls and young women
- Information and communication technology
While respecting cultural limitations, Women and Democracy will carry out sessions in an informal and relaxed environment to ensure that participants are comfortable with expressing themselves.
The primary objective of the project is to empower youth by allowing their voices to be heard. It also aims to provide community leaders with a chance to hear the youth's concerns regarding the aforementioned topics.
At the conclusion of the program, the concerns of the youth on all ten topics will be compiled and presented to the Ministry of Youth, Sports and Community Empowerment for consideration.
In addition to promoting sound democratic governance, Women and Democracy has been working towards increasing women's economic and political participation since 2016.