Youth Inclusion & Gender Equality


SAYM has its roots as a regional youth body offering a platform for youths in the SADC region to come together and dialogue on the numerous developmental issues being faced by young people in the region. The organization collaborates with various action partners to influence policies and implement projects that address the socio-economic needs of young people in the region today. From sexual reproductive health rights ,youth participation & inclusion , the environment and gender ,the organization rallies young people of the region to actively participate in a meaningful way in society.



Establishing a vibrant youth coordinating body influencing decision-makers to meaningfully engage young people.

Creation of partnerships and networks with international bodies such as the EU.

Lobbied for the SADC Youth Protocol and the creation of the SADC Youth Union. Through lobbying efforts, governments in SADC have agreed on the SADC Youth Empowerment Declaration which has now been adopted.

Initiated dialogue on the need for an African youth-centered policy framework which led to the African Youth Charter. SAYM hosted the first consultative conference and was instrumental in the consultation and adoption processes at African Union working with various partners from across the continent. Served in the Pan-African Youth Union.

Provided strategic input into the NEPAD Youth Programme adopted by the African Union in 2004.



The Gender Unit offers projects and programs that promote gender-equality at various levels including organizational policies. Women largely are on the lower scales of justice when it comes to equality hence the need for specific targeted interventions that seek to balance the scale. Where women are the majority, there lack of deliberate efforts to qualify the contribution being made by women. Gender-based violence cases continue to rise  placing a demand on state-actors and non-state actors alike to continue escalating efforts in curbing GBV.

Statistics of gender-based violence continue to increase despite various efforts to curb the scourge. The corona-virus pandemic induced a nation-wide lockdown which adversely worsened the socio-economic status of women. We are on a drive to address aspects of gender-based violence that include men as equal partners to ensure our communities are safe spaces for women to thrive.



Mainstreaming gender needs within CWP to enhance the participation of females within the program. Interventions target addressing the socio-economic needs of women and enhancing their inclusion and leadership in local and national structures.

Gender-based Violence

Capacity Building


Economic Empowerment

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