April 28th 2017, Nairobi
The Commonwealth Youth Council in collaboration with Commonwealth Youth Peace Ambassadors Network (CYPAN) and Kenya UNESCO Youth Forum launched “VOTE LIKE A BOSS” Campaign featuring the Ministry of Public Service, Youth and Gender Affairs, National Youth Council, and youth leaders.
In her welcoming remarks, Ms Faith Manthi, Vice Chairperson of Partnership and Resources at the Commonwealth Youth Council, encouraged the young people from Nairobi to become involved in the electoral process by emphasizing to them the importance of voting and being aware of their democratic rights.
During the campaign launch, there was a discussion featuring Mr George Osaso, Directorate of Youth Affairs, Mr Dishon Atemo, Kenya National Youth Council, Mr Michael Opondo, Countering Violent Extremism Coordinator and Ms. Jacqueline Njeru, Kenya National Commission for UNESCO. The panelists engaged the youth on various topics ;Involvement of Youth in Promotion of Peace in Kenya, Youth Engagement in Democratic Processes, Works of the National Youth Council in Relation to Peace and Youth Inclusion , Role of CVE in Peace Building , Youth in Civic Engagement and UNESCO’s culture of peace.
‘VOTE LIKE A BOSS’ campaign launch was well received by the public as it presents youth with an opportunity to play a critical constitutional and democratic role in the election process. At the same time, it created an enabling environment for discussions and encouraged political participation of the youth.