Zimbabwe Youth Wing

ZIMBABWE YOUTH WING
(Z.Y.W)

To facilitate the formation of a sustainable environment for integration and empowerment of youths to actively participate in political, social and economic decision making processes that affect their future well being in a progressive democratic Zimbabwe. ORGANIZATIONAL PROFILE

The Zimbabwe Youth Wing (ZYW) is a membership driven organization of youths activists that are
involved in Human Rights and Democracy activism in Zimbabwe. It was formed in March 2009 in
Johannesburg South Africa by a group of youth activists currently living in the Diaspora after escaping
persecution from the current regime.

It was formed after noting that apart from the persecution from the current political establishment, the
youths are more often abused by different political parties who use them for political ends and
abandon them once they have achieved their objectives. Consequently they are left to the vagaries of
the harsh world where they are exposed to child labor, prostitution, cheap labor and resorting to crime.
These youths are denied their inalienable right to further education and skills training. They are
caught in a vicious circle of poverty and can not contribute positively as future parents and bread
winners of their families.

As agents of democratic change and torch bearers of a progressive future Zimbabwe, these human
rights soldiers from academia, labor, civil Society, religious communities and the broader Zimbabwe
community formed the Zimbabwe Youth Wing (ZYW).

The strategic thrust of Zimbabwe Youth Wing is to present a single platform for all youths who are
involved in the struggle to find democratic space to ensure that the youth are not marginalized in
critical social, political and economic decision making processes that affect the future strategic
positioning of Zimbabwe in the progressive family of nations.

WHO WE ARE


To facilitate the formation of a sustainable environment for integration and empowerment of youths to actively participate in political, social and economic decision making processes that affect their future well being in a progressive democratic Zimbabwe.


OUR VISION

To embrace all youths that are involved in
efforts to make Zimbabwe a better place for future leaders in the progressive family of nations.

OUR MISSION
To empower the youth by involving them in critical social, economic and social decisions that shape their future wellbeing in Zimbabwe.

OUR CORE PRINCEPLES AND VALUES

To empower the youth by involving them in critical social, economic and social decisions that shape their future wellbeing in Zimbabwe.


Respect for human rights of all Zimbabweans.
Restoration of all civil, social and political rights.
Respect for the rule of law.
Active involvement of the youth in all critical social, economic and political decisions.
Integrity
Honesty.
Accountability.
Transparency
Fair treatment of our employees.
We hold ourselves accountable to these values and
ask our employees, partners and the communities
that we serve to do the same

OUR TERMS OF REFERENCE


The following instruments shall guide and inform Zimbabwe Youth
Wing (ZYW) programs
The United Nations Universal Declaration of Human Rights(1948)
The International Covenant of Civil and Political Rights (1976)
The International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights (1976)
The African Charter on Human and People’s Rights (1986)
The International Convention of the Rights of the Child (1989) and the African Charter on the Rights and Welfare of the Child (1999)
The African Youth Charter of the African Union
The International Convention Against Torture and Article 5 of the African Charter on Human and People’s Rights
Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW) (1979)
New Partnership for Africa’s Development Strategic Framework for Youth Programmes (2004)
The United Nations World Programme of Action for Youth (2000) and Beyond.

OUR PROGRAMMES

The Human Rights & Democracy Building Programme
This program is centered in two critical areas namely:
Human Rights Education And Awareness
Conduct human rights education awareness education for the youth through workshops, seminars, conferences and knowledge exchange programs in:-
Civic, political, social and economic rights
Democratic processes
Citizenship and decision making
Governance and leadership
Human Rights responsibilities
Monitoring Human Rights Violations
Prepare a demographic data-base of youths victims of human rights violations involving torture, disappearances, forced displacements displaced
Conduct access to legal representation and detention monitoring of police and detention facilities for youth detainees to assess conditions and legality of detention.
Zimbabwe Youth Wing’s to partner human rights lawyers legal team to conduct access monitoring of police stations and detentions centers throughout Zimbabwe.

MEDIA and ADVOCASY PROGRAMME

This program focuses on lobbying for good implementation of international and
regional protocols that target the youth for them to be actively involved in
social, economic and political national programs in the Republic of Zimbabwe
and the region through advocacy workshops and discussions with the
following stakeholders:
Local and national government,
Civil society, - Faith Based Organizations, labor, academia, media and community platforms in Zimbabwe and the international community.
Create public, civil and church advocacy through news briefings of workshops,
conferences, marches, petitions, international youth event commemorations,
print and electronic media to disseminate information on the need for youth
involvement in human rights, civil and governance issues in partnership with:
National, regional and international youth network platforms.
Youth based organizations
Faith Based Institutions
Government and the general public
Increase visibility of youth human rights violations, distribution of scenario
relevant advocacy material like broachers, t-shirts, caps and banners in the
international community and locally through:
- Regional Youth Based Organizations
- United Nations
- International Faith Based Youth Organizations

YOUTH INTERGRATION AND EMPOWERMENT

Through the organization's membership with international
platforms and our
demographic data base, we partner the UNHCR and other organizations
in identifying and facilitating the following activities:-
Assisted repatriation, relocation and family reunions
This targets youth activists in the Diaspora as well as the internally displaced.
Sustainable Livelihoods Projects
We identify communities with high levels of youth unemployment and assist in facilitating partnerships with international and regional organizations to establish sustainable community projects.
Young Women affirmative empowerment
Facilitate the inclusion of young women in managerial decision making
positions and participation in empowerment decision making positions.
Knowledge Exchange
Partner international youths organizations in knowledge
exchange through volunteer and internship programs.

YOUTH INEGRATION AND EMPOWERMENT
Through the organization's membership with international platforms and our
demographic data base, we partner the UNHCR and other organizations
in identifying and facilitating the following activities:-
Assisted repatriation, relocation and family reunions
This targets youth activists in the Diaspora as well as the internally displaced.
Sustainable Livelihoods Projects
We identify communities with high levels of youth unemployment and assist in facilitating partnerships with international and regional organizations to establish sustainable community projects.
Young Women affirmative empowerment
Facilitate the inclusion of young women in managerial decision making
positions and participation in empowerment decision making positions.
Knowledge Exchange
Partner international youths organizations in knowledge
exchange through volunteer and internship programs.


COMMUNITY SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY
Zimbabwe Youth Wing‘s community social responsibility program is
centered on the involvement of youth in affirmative empowerment of the most
vulnerable members of the community.
Activities include
HIV and Aids
Awareness education
Home based care
Provision of diet enhancing food supplies.
Advocacy initiatives through involvement in community issues.

Minor headed households
Assistance with school fees for secondary and tertiary education
Provision of periodic supplementary food and sanitary supplies.

Senior citizens and the physically challenged
Sanitation and humanitarian supplies
Access to health enhancing provisions