Young Advocates! is a youth-led wing of Women for Fair Development. It was established in 2012 by 24 young people who were trained by WOFAD in life skills. The youth came together to begin discussing issues affecting them in the community and decided to continue meeting as a group to share knowledge and engage in activities together. The group of youth have been meeting every Friday to discuss issues affecting youth and to participate in music, dance, drama, visual arts, sports and field trips.
Young Advocates! is committed to educating young people on sex and sexuality, gender, rights, leadership and responsibilities for them to realize their full potential and grow into responsible leaders.
1. To equip young people with knowledge, skills and attitudes that will enable to overcome myths, misconceptions and fears that act as barriers to their future growth.
2. To engage youth in activities that promote their talents in sports and the arts.
3. To promote dialogue between young people and parents on issues related sex and sexuality.
4. To promote youth participation, especially girls, in decision making processes that will positively impact the socioeconomic sphere.
5. To lobby for the drafting, amendments and reinforcement of policies that promote the welfare of young people.
Activities with Young Advocates:
On June 5th, 2013 Code Sangala – a Malawian radio personality and music artist – came to visit the youth to motivate them and share his experiences. See the pictures from this meeting below! Also, the Young Advocates! page will be coming soon, stay posted.
On October 6, 2013, Young Advocates! went on a trip to Michiru Nature Sanctuary to explore the protected area and learn about environmental conservation from the park rangers. The youth also performed a drama for park staff following the hike on the importance of environmental conservation.
On October 18th, 2013, the Young Advocates! had a football match with the team from Rose Garden Private School in Chirimba, Blantyre. It was an exciting match and it developed a great sense of camaraderie among the team members and the team from the private school.