Dedza district youth officer Twesa Mwamlima has advised the youth to engage in proper advocacy to defend and promote their rights and responsibilities.
She said this last week at the end of a youth leadership training organised by Kasumbu Development Organisation (Kado) with funding from ActionAid Malawi.
Speaking to youth club members from Traditional Authority Kasumbu in the district, Mwamlima appealed to them to be vigilant when doing advocacy work.
“Advocacy is not about making noise or personalising issues, but it’s about bringing change. The youth should stand up and defend their rights while demanding what they want from duty-bearers by changing policies and positions on issues that affect them.
“So, avoid being used by individuals pushing their own agenda,” she said.
Gloria Kanyenda, a participant from Magunditsa Youth Club, commended Kado for organising the training, saying it was an eye-opener.
“The youth experience problems in the district, but with what we have learnt, we will go back and teach our colleagues so that we work towards changing our lives,” she said.
In his remarks, Kado youth coordinator Horace Chaguzika said they conducted the training to impart knowledge to the youth on various issues.
“We want them to have a say on issues that affect their daily lives,” he said.