Forum for African Women Educationists (FAWE) joined the rest of the world to mark the International Youth Day, an opportunity to celebrate and mainstream young peoples’ voices, actions and initiatives.
This year under the theme “Green Skills for Youth towards a Sustainable World”, FAWE partnered with youth organisations in marking the day at the Presbyterian Church of East Africa (PCEA) Gardens in Dandora Phase One on Friday, 11th August, 2023.
FAWE used the occasion to advocate for this year’s theme “Green Skills for Youths towards a Sustainable World” by blending environmental conservation and reproductive health.
The event’s moderator Susan Ombima who is a youth advocate in FAWE educated the youth on the relationship between climate change and reproductive health and how they are supposed to embrace it.
The event empowered the youth with green skills where they were educated on the disposal of things they in sexual reproductive health which usually cause environmental pollution and health hazards if not properly disposed.
“Things that we do in sexual reproductive health that tamper with the environment include pads, syringes, bandages, condoms, foetus from unsafe abortion, which end up causing clogging and health hazards in the community,” she said.
Ombima who is also the Field Facilitator of Positive Young Women Voices a youth organisation which partners with FAWE in their youth empowerment and advocacy programs said they will bring on board more organisations in the partnership.
The event involved FAWE Kenya, Kariobangi Social Justice Diplomats for Health Resilient Community, Positive Young Women Voices and Her Dignity Her Pride.
Invited guests include the youth, area local administration from both national and county government, police officers including officer from the Gender desk, healthcare professionals -sexual reproductive health, media and community leaders.
Events of the day included community dialogues with local authorities, community leaders and healthcare professionals on sexual reproductive health, role of youth in addressing climate change among other issues affecting them; and use of art and theatre performances to showcase talent and promote key messages on issues affecting the youth and a tree planting exercise.