OUR THEORY OF CHANGE:
PCPD believes that when young women and men are trained and empowered they will become interested in developing their own political agenda. This agenda will be used as a platform to engage in diverse political interventions and dialogues including those that are community and media-based. This will challenge discriminatory social and cultural norms and practices as well as promote greater respect for and enjoyment of women’s and men’s equal civic, political, social and economic rights. If they are encouraged, supported and empowered, we believe that the targeted youth will become interested in growing their capacities for engagement, so that they can be involved in political processes with dierent political actors. They will learn how to hold local and national duty bearers accountable regarding the equal rights of youth and their full participation in the public and political sphere. Youth in$uence in politics can inspire political parties to become more open and democratic in terms of their membership and practices and guarantee the inclusion of youngsters in their structures and decision-making processes moving forward.
At the PCPD, we believe in the importance of promoting a just and gender equal constitution. The right to participate in constitution- making is grounded in the principle of political participation. There are a number of international and regional legal instruments that recognize political participation as a fundamental human right, including the UN Declaration of Human Rights, the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, and the Convention on the Elimination of all Discrimination Against Women, which calls particularly for women’s political participation; “State Parties shall take all appropriate measures to eliminate discrimination against women in the political and public life of the country and, in particular, shall ensure women the right to: equality with men, to participate in the formulation of government policy, to hold public oce and perform in all public functions at all levels of government”. In 2014, PCPD produced a Gender Sensitive Constitution which we will continue to advocate for until it is approved.
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