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#VoteADada meaning “vote a sister”

With a few months to the 2017 General Election, Youth Agenda in partnership with Oxfam and FIDA Kenya embarked on an initiative dubbed #VoteADada to bridge the gender equality gap in the Kenya’s political leadership. We were saddened by the fact that in the 2013 general election, no woman was elected as governor or senator; 16 out of 290 women were elected into National Assembly and only 76 out of 1050 elected as members of the county assembly. This dismal uptake of women into political position, is an indicator that more needs to be done to get more women to be elected into positions of leadership, so as to attain the 2/3rd gender rule set out in the constitution. The programme targets the following counties: Turkana, Wajir, Kisii, Nakuru and Nairobi and we hope to approximately benefit 6.5 million women from this initiative.

While our joint initiative seeks to increase women participation in political leadership, Youth Agenda is keen on having more young women elected, to not only strengthen Kenya’s leadership but also to include youth in the political leadership positions.

A similar programme that we ran in 2013 through the Purple Zebra Campaign was successful at getting women recognized and elected; we strive to do even much better in 2017!

Susan Mwongera
CEO, Youth Agenda


"#VoteADada "

"Surely,we can't keep scoring D+ in Political Leadership Representation. Let's aim for B+ if not a straight A. VoteADada in 2017 "

Susan Mwongera
CEO, Youth Agenda

Leadership and Governance

 

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Because we believe in the potential of youth we work towards developing and continuously improving their leadership capacity, value system and participation in governance and democratic processes.

 

Leadership is at the centre of recreating the country. Indeed, leadership is the foundation of every successful democracy. Kenya’s new constitution places premium on the quality of leadership and the need for such leadership to be based on values and ethics.

YAA has since inception recognized the need to encourage youthful leadership based on ideas, vision, values and ethics. During the plan period, YAA will seek to consolidate its work on youth leadership training, mentor-ship and support. The expected result will be: Improved leadership capacity of youth and influence in development processes in Kenya.

 

This focus area, however, sees leadership as a central plank within the wider context of increasing the influence of increasing the contribution of youth in democratic development in the country. It thus - in addition to nurturing youth leadership - seeks to contribute to the process of implementing the new constitution of Kenya.

 

 

The journey towards a new constitution has been long. Youth and YAA have played instrumental roles in that journey and their aspirations are well captured throughout the document. The challenge for the future is to ensure that the implementation process is objective and ensures that the gains for youth are protected and implemented in a manner that delivers the greatest benefit for youth and Kenya as a country.

 

Additionally, and arising from the ,experiences during the post -election violence after the 2007 General Elections, YAA seeks to promote national cohesion and integration, especially amongst the youth of Kenya.

 

Aim:

To develop and continuously improve leadership capacity, value system and influence youth participation in governance and development processes through training, capacity building and leveraging the influence of youth on leadership, governance and development in Kenya.

 

Objectives:

 

The outcomes are pursued under three objectives:

  1. To train and increase the number and quality of youth leadership in Kenya.
  2. To harness the voice and contribution of young people in the implementation of the new Constitution of Kenya.
  3. To facilitate an environment for responsible youth in governance processes that promotes a peaceful, cohesive Kenya.
  4. To undertake critical action-oriented policy research on youth, leadership and governance.
  5. Enhance technical and legislative support to youth in leadership positions in parliament, government and devolved units.

 

Strategies and Activities

The realization of the above objectives is undertaken through several strategies and activities. These include:

  1. Contributing to legislation.
  2. Civic and public education.
  3. Organizing training programmes for youth aspiring to leadership positions both in public and private sector.
  4. Developing and implementing an active youth mentorship programme.
  5. Undertaking workshops and advocacy programmes amongst youth in schools, colleges, churches, mosques, barazas to promote national cohesion and respect for diversity.
  6. Monitoring and supporting implementation of the new constitution with input from youth.
FROM OUR BLOG..........
As I descended down to Lodwar Town, I can tell you for a fact I had no idea what to expect. All I had to go on were the statistics from the baseline we conducted and tales from other colleagues journeys. Before you ask me what I'm going on about, let me back up and start from the beginning.