“In a global survey conducted by UN Development Programme, policy makers from around the world acknowledged that inequality in their countries is generally high and potentially a threat to long-term social and economic development.”
Youth, as the word’s history entails power, masses, ideas and change, subjected to be the decision-makers of tomorrow, have enclosed within itself an array of an emotion we all call hope. Policy making in today’s world is a thing that adults who are statistically experienced do. Their experience is our parameter of judgment for their skills of righteousness and excellency. Technically, the minds of yesterday are the only ones privileged to make the decisions of tomorrow.
That not only looks wrong to the appeal but is a propagation of unattended brilliant ideas at disposal. The ideas that stem into the brains of young people who are the on-hand experiencers of the decisions they are supposed to abide by. Evidence, too, suggests that the decisions that the youth is involved in are more likely to be right in the first time than not.
Youth participation promises a broader base of active citizen involvement as it vibrantly balances the social rights of young people with their responsibilities giving rise to a more inclusive community that every democracy seeks to build. A youth that is able to support and participate in a decision-making process is guaranteed to have a skill set of abilities that involves confidence and self-belief which in turn caters to the entire nation’s interests. This not only enforces positive development among the youth but is a brownie point for leader consideration.
The Sustainable Development Goal of Reduced Inequalities needs to be inclusive of equal participation of youth in policy-making which helps cut some slack to break down negative stereotypes and barriers of communication among the entire population. A decision to let leaders be built by giving them the freedom of participation in policy-making is a responsibility that youth will never want to let down. It is indeed a right that ignites enablers, contributors and strives towards an effective delivery of leadership. Youth in policy making is a right to express hopeful opinions and considerations the people of today would not want to miss out on.
If you believe in this too, it’s high time we spread awareness about the same and thus be able to look forward to a better time to come.