The Shadow Minister for Youth, Hon. Anna Adeke Ebaju has told youth to pressure their governments for protection against human trafficking.
Speaking at an international conference for young leaders in Washington D.C, Hon. Adeke said that human trafficking greatly affected the youth, most of whom are jobless and are out looking for employment.
“Human trafficking is of great concern to our generation; put pressure on your governments to protect you,” Adeke said
“There’s a high rate of unemployment in Uganda, where much of the population is of young people. We can choose to make good of this young labour force, which is filled with a lot of promise,” she added.
Hon. Adeke was a guest panellist at the ongoing International Young Leaders Assembly held in Washington DC, Philadelphia and New York.
Her presentation was held at the World Bank in Washington DC, Fri. 12 August 2016.
Other Uganda’s youth MPs attending the conference are Hon. Mpaka Mwine (NRM, Western), Hon. Sarah Babirye (NRM, Central), Hon. Ishma Mafabi (Ind., Eastern) and Hon. Oscar Omony (NRM, Northern).
The Shadow Minister said that since exportation of labour cannot be prevented, there was need for its regulation so as to protect the young people, some of whom are employed as domestic workers in the Arab countries.
She said that youth MPs intend to spearhead a policy on minimum wage in order to protect young people in employment.
She also said that there is need to build capacity of young people so as to empower them and make them qualified for employment.
The International Young Leaders Assembly is an initiative that “empowers promising young professionals, leaders and policy makers to positively impact communities and nations.”
Other panellists included Vicente Homer Revil, the former governor of Masbate Province in Philippines; David Caprara, the International Vice President for Strategic Partnerships, Global Peace Foundation and Suzan Reichle, a Counsellor, USAID.