Defining Rights and Decent Work
Youth rights refers to a set of philosophies intended to enhance civil rights for young people. They are a response to the oppression of young people, with advocates challenging ephebiphobia, adultism and ageism through youth participation,while Decent Work refers to opportunities for youth to obtain work in conditions of freedom, equity, security and human dignity.
However in most countries especially in Africa youth rights and decent work has not been given an ear and prioty.its only in recent times that we have seen the power of youth advocacy in force in Egypt and Tunisia.
I wouldn't say that youth have been accorded decent work if they are working but i would say young people are working in conditions that are deplorable and there wage earnnings does not much the minimum wage that has been set by governments.
let me also draw you my colleagues to the idea of youth institutions (youth councils) as tools for promoting the rights of young people.the youth councils has not helped much in promoting the rights of young people for positive youth engagement.
Hi Kabingu! Good points indeed. Highlight some of the civil rights for the benefit of class.
As you deal with issues of policy you could actually gain something for advocacy especially on decent work for young people which you have observed that it does not get the attention of the priority it needs from policy makers.
Interesting is an observation you have raised on " Youth Councils". should these institution be driven by civil society to make them more responsive to the needs of young people?
Let us continue discussing!
I like the question you raise on youth councils. I believe Youth Council should be democratic institutions, and indeed be driven by civil society. The government should however still support them financially as the common goal is youth empowerment