Oxfam in Pakistan organized an event to mark the International Youth Day, recognized that 131.1 million Pakistanis are under the age of 30 and yet youth continues to be systematically excluded from civic participation and is often unable to access services and opportunities.  The event titled ‘Celebrating Youth across Pakistan’ discussed the status of economic and social reforms for young people in the country. The panel included policymakers, academicians, representatives from the government youth affairs departments, entrepreneurs and members of the civil society. In his welcome remarks, Oxfam in Pakistan Country Director Mohammed Qazilbash said, “Youth are agents of their own future and only by channeling young people’s energy, creativity and talent towards addressing the multiple inequalities they face, will we be able to build a fairer world.” Punjab Youth Affairs Department Deputy Secretary Tehmina Habib shed light on youth policies, “An estimated four million young people enter the workforce each year in Pakistan. It is time we address the barriers that prevent aspiring young entrepreneurs from taking the first step towards entrepreneurship as a career.” Youth role models addressed the audience on active citizenship and youth leadership.

Published in Young Nation Magazine on August 26, 2017