Tunis, 18th May 2015 – A workshop “Finding Our Future: Libyan Youth Demands for the Constitution, held in Tunis from 11th to 16th of May, has built on previous experiences of the Libyan youth active in the constitution-making process and provided participants with variety of tools to enhance their advocacy efforts.
Over the course of the intensive six-day event organized by UNESCO, UNDP, UNICEF, UNSMIL and Democracy Reporting International, participants jointly formulated a chart of youth constitutional demands, practiced presentation skills and agreed on the advocacy plan for the subsequent phase of the process. Furthermore, the event provided the participants with a unique opportunity to exchange directly with representatives of the Constitution Drafting Assembly (CDA) during a roundtable meeting with the youth on Day Five (15 May).
The demands press for more presence of youth in the legislative, executive and judiciary bodies as well as propose a minimum of 30% youth participation in Local Councils. Moreover, youth expect guarantees for better education and employment opportunities as well as more enabling provisions for civil society organizations to help them play a greater role in society.
The youth activists will now commence a broad advocacy phase in Libya, consulting further with other youth as they step up their engagement with the CDA. Their efforts to inform and educate around their demands will be backstopped by UNESCO through its Networks of Mediterranean Youth Programme, funded through the generous support of the European Union.