In a UNDP-PILDAT Sindh Youth and Young Legislators Provincial Dialogue held today in Karachi, Youth Representatives shared their detailed policy demands with MPAs.
Welcoming the participants, Mr. Ahmed Bilal Mehboob, President PILDAT said that formation of a youth Forum is essential to engage with the youth of the Sindh province and also informed that all other provincial assemblies and the federal legislature have functional Young Parliamentary Forums and Sindh Assembly should also formulate their Forum at the earliest.
20 Young representatives belonging to various disciplines from University of Karachi and young political activists presented their policy demands on the areas of Education, Harassment and the requirement to maintain a harassment register, need for effective local government system and how can young MPAs improve youth’s access to the Provincial Assembly of Sindh.
Young MPAs deeply appreciated the clarity with which youth representatives highlighted and presented the issues faced by youth and those close to the heart of youth.
In an ensuing discussion between MPAs and Youth on Future Engagement Plan, it was agreed that the MPAs will work to invite groups of youth from various universities to witness the proceedings of the Sindh Assembly. They also pledged to stay involved with the youth by moving a resolution in the house to facilitate the youth interaction with the Sindh assembly.
The Young MPAs whojoined the forum included; Mr. Arsalan Taj, PTI, Mr. Shahryar Khan Mahar, GDA, Mr. Bilal Ahmed Ghaffar, PTI & Ms. Sharmila Farooqi, PPPP. Ms. Sarwat Fatima, TLP, Ms. Nida Khuhro, PPP and Ms. Sadia Javed, PPP joined the forum on line.
The dialogue was organised by PILDAT under a UNDP Project Build Leadership Capacity and Mainstream Young Men and Women in Policy Processes Leading to Inclusive and Pro-Youth Legislation.