Youth issues affect all sphere of our societal development and a conversation on the same is a key prerequisite for any nation or organization worth its salt and in the words of Hillary Rodham Clinton; Young people are at the heart of today’s strategic opportunities and challenges from rebuilding the global economy to combating violent extremism to building sustainable development. Issues of young people have not been taken seriously in most developing democracies and more particularly here in Kenya that boost itself as a leading light on matters development in east and central Africa.

It is worth noting that between 18 years to 35 years is an age spectrum where human capital is formulated and achieved and it is only through constant involvement with this constituency that development agenda of organizations or countries can be realized and anything contrary to this is an activity in futility. Historically, resource and responsibility allocation has been done in such a way that gender is not given a priority, be it at the national or at the county governments and a clear example of reference here is the failure by the National Assembly to pass the two third gender bill 2019 which was to align the national assembly with the constitutional requirement in the country. Is suffice to note that the Constitution in article 27(8) requires that the State shall take legislative and other measures to implement the principle that not more than two-thirds of the members of elective public bodies shall be of the same gender.  To date, this provision has not been implemented.

Conscious of the importance of young people’s involvement in the affairs of their surroundings and development of the society, Kutoka Network being an entity that promotes dignity, equity and justice promotes and champions issues of youth and matters gender with an aim of rallying together different stakeholders especially key policymakers to come up with legislation and initiatives that are pro young people and can help in gender mainstreaming in communities and organizations especially in  urban peoples settlements in the county of Nairobi.

In the quest to reawaken the consciousness of young people to take their places in the society we shall regularly be organizing youth forums that are aimed at providing information and empowering young people about their rights in the society. The network also intends to help community based organization in terms of networking and creating linkages with likeminded organization to help them in talent identification and nurturing. Gender and gender mainstreaming training to youth groups and community based organization from urban people’s settlements shall also be undertaken by the network.