Inequality Forum
Inequality Forum

Plan International Ghana, on Tuesday unveiled the 2019 West and Central Africa Youth Forum to give the young people the platform to share ideas on how inequalities against young people could be addressed.

The Forum which would be held in Accra on Wednesday would give 50 young people from across the continent the chance to discuss their challenges and recommend ways to addressed it.

Participating countries are Ghana, Nigeria, Guinea, Central African Republic, Burkina Faso, Liberia, Niger, Sierra-Leone, Mali, Cameroon, Guinea-Bissau, Benin, Senegal and Togo.

A statement from Plan International explained that the Forum would let participants deliberate on better ways to help Plan International design more focused programmes to enable them especially the young ladies to play critical roles such as taking up leadership positions to contribute to socio-economic development.

According to the statement, Mr Solomon Tesfamariam, the Country Director of Plan International Ghana, said Plan International was working with concerned government institutions to give young people the required education and life skills to enable them to live dignified lives.

Education and life skills, he said, would produce entrepreneurs who would yield reasonable incomes for themselves and also be beneficial to the wider society, the statement said.

According to the statement, Plan International was concerned with providing job opportunities for young people and therefore offered them internship opportunities in its offices across the continent and beyond and encouraged other nongovernmental organizations to help in that regard.

The statement noted the preparedness of Plan International’s offices across the continent to present recommendations from the Forum to policy makers for consideration.

Madam Awa Faly Ba Mbow, the Head of the West African Regional Influencing and Partnership of Plan International said the strategy designed by Plan International for the next five years is to fight against challenges girls faced such as societal inequalities and imbalances to their detriment especially in Africa, the statement said.

According to the statement, Madam Mbow disclosed that the outcome of the Forum would be presented at a mini-conference that would be held at France in July over pertinent gender issues that needed to be addressed to promote national and global development.

Plan International is a development and humanitarian nongovernment organization that advocates for children’s rights and equality for girls.

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