As young people from different political parties, we have learned that violence should not be part of us and we should denounce violence at all costs. We must use every opportunity and avenue to advocate for youth-sensitive policies and political space that provides respect for freedom of association, freedom of movement, freedom of the press and access to information. We must become aware of our rights and opportunities to participate in decision-making so we can continue to shape our futures together.
Helga Sophia Muchimba is from Kitwe, Copperbelt Province, Zambia. She runs her own business in household goods and clothes, and serves as district secretary for Kitwe for Alliance for Democracy and Development (ADD).