Some of the key realities the Roundtable expressed as being embedded in the life of young people at risk are drug problems and the difficulty of offering alternatives that match the profitability of engaging in this activity, being denied education, illiteracy, exposure to human trafficking, and especially the exploitation of young women and girls.
Special policies and programmes need to be in place that address the needs of youth trying to secure decent employment in conflict and post-conflict areas.
Gender equality strategies need to be at the forefront of the development of policy and programmes in this area.
9 – Address the pervasive gender inequality that continues to disadvantage young women in both the formal and informal economies.
Although attached to each of the above recommendations, gender consideration and policies and programmes that address the specific needs of young women facing discrimination in the work place are essential to employment strategies.
It is recommended that these be developed in direct consultation with the young women who are most affected by continued gender discrimination.
Members of the Youth Roundtable included:
Bridget Majola, Global Youth Action Network (Africa Region), Republic of South Africa Calista Schwartz, National Youth Council, Namibia Claire Muwanguzi Nabadda, Never Again Project, Uganda Faith Mutua, ANGAZA, Kenya Faiza Jama, Country Coordinator, Youth Employment Summit (YES), Somalia Gathecha Kamau, Country Coordinator, Youth Employment Summit (YES), Kenya Hassan Abdkadir, Youth for Habitat, Kenya Jacinta Kombe, Junior Mayor, Malindi Youth Council, Kenya Jacqueline Kamau, World Scouts Bureau, Africa Region Johnah Josiah, International Youth Development Network, Kenya Kaanaeli Kaale, Media & Youth Development Association and YES, Tanzania Mohammed Bah, Sierra Leone Scout Association, Sierra Leone Paulina Ndeutapo, National Youth Council, Namibia Sunday Chanda, Centre for Leadership and Development, Zambia Woibah Suwo, AIESEC, Liberia