The African Union Youth Envoy is building a movement of youth-led accountability by putting young people central to the response to COVID-19 pandemic and reform of service delivery architecture.

The African Union Office of the Youth Envoy (AU-OYE) launches a new initiative to empower Pan-African youth advocates. The African Youth Charter Hustlers initiative will engage African youth to lead continental, regional and national advocacy and accountability for the ratification and implementation of the African Youth Charter including progressive youth policies, youth funds and youth inclusion as well as the institution of effective monitoring and reporting mechanisms.   

Amid the COVID-19 pandemic, the African Union Commission remains committed to advocating for the contribution and central role of young people to reform African institutions. Article 17 of the African Youth Charter on Health, guarantees the right of African youth to enjoy the best attainable state of physical, mental and spiritual health and the institution of programmes to address health pandemics in Africa.  

As mandated by the Chairperson of the African Union Commission H.E, Moussa Faki, the African Union Youth Envoy published game-changer 2019/20 Action Plan with concrete strategies for youth advocacy. This is in line with the AUC’s 1 Million by 2021 Initiative, which seeks to provide opportunities for African youth in the areas of Employment, Education, Entrepreneurship and Engagement (4Es).

The African Union Youth Envoy Ms. Aya Chebbi said:

“The African Youth Charter Hustlers initiative provides an opportunity, in these challenging times, for youth-led advocacy, youth-led accountability and agency to ensure the reform of our service delivery architecture. African youth must play a central role to transform our systems to work for our generation including the improvement of health infrastructures that can prevent and respond to COVID-19 and other pandemicsand she added “We can only create a better peaceful, integrated and prosperous continent, when African youth become the custodians of their own development.”

By Dotun Roy

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