Child Rights Activist and Youth Act Alliance Coordinator, Edward Phiri, gave a solidarity speech on behalf of Malawi delegation during the 2016 Southern Africa Development Community (SADC) Peoples’ Summit in Manzini, Swaziland.
Edward’s speech centered on ending child marriages in accordance with SADC model law; youth employment and empowerment based on the African Youth Charter; and the African Union Youth Decade Plan of Action, including tax justice.
Edward, who is also Executive Director of the Child Rights Information and Documentation Centre (CRIDOC), further called on the Peoples Summit to ensure that issues of youth and children are prominently featured in the communique as a sub-theme.
“We need to ensure that the summit also develops road map for easy follow up of issues other than coming with new issues as the 2015 issues remains unsolved,” he advised.
The youth representative was invited to be a panelist at ZIMRIGHTS break away session on Governance.
Held under the theme "A peoples driven SADC committed to total liberation for all," the 2016 SADC Peoples Summit was attended by more than two thousands representatives of the people of southern Africa, members and affiliates of various Social Movements, Trade Unions, Economic Justice, Human Rights, and Environmental Networks, Feminists, Women and Youth collectives, Non-Governmental Organisations, individual activists, students and academics.
The SADC Peoples’ Summit aimed to dialogue and envision a better SADC for all, by exchanging views, struggles, experiences, dreams and love.
After 4 days of discussions at the Manzini Peoples´ Summit, the following is a Communiqué of the deliberations, recommendations and demands made in the Communique:
Democracy and Good GovernanceWe have identified five countries that need to be urgently dealt with:
Industrialization and Employment
EducationCorporate power is progressively capturing formal education institutions and curriculums to advance market and profit-based agenda. We propose a new and counter-hegemonic approach to address an alternative form of popular education for radical and emancipatory social and political change. Examples of the Popular University of Social Movements (UPMS) are to be promoted in order to reverse the current trend where the elitist and exclusionary formal education facilitates the spread of oppression and progress of capitalism.
We therefore demand:
Women, Feminism and Gender
Youth and StudentsWe note that effective and efficient Natural Resource governance and management is key to sustainable development financing in Africa. We therefore call SADC governments to:
Global trade structures and injustice
Globalize the Struggle, Globalize Hope!
Nothing about us, without us!
SADC for the people!
Manzini, 19 August 2016