(April 2017) The YouthVoteNepal campaign was launched to carry out advocacy on youth agendas during the upcoming local elections which are being held after 20 years. As many as 13 youth-led organisations were constituents of the campaign; including Jagriti Child and Youth Concern Nepal (JCYCN),Yuwalaya, Achel Natya Samuha, Glocal Khabar, Saathi Sanga Manka Kura-Radio programme, We for Change, Yuwa, YAV Nepal, Sirjansil Samaj Nepal, Youth Initiative, Active Youth Society, and Dynamic Youth Forum.
Demanding that stakeholders pay needful attention to youth organizations, children and women issues in the context of the upcoming local level elections; the above mentioned organizations met the political parties, ministers and election comission seperately and submitted the related memorandums to make them aware of their agendas. Memorandums were submitted to: Election Commissioner, Ila Sharma; Chief of the Naya Shakti Party Nepal’s Parliamentary Department, Keshav Dahal; UML Secretary, Yogesh Bhattarai; Bibeksheel Nepali Party’s Chairperson, Ujwal Thapa; National Youth Council Vice-Chairperson, Madhav Dhungel; Minister for Youth and Sports, Daljit BK Shreepaili; Women, Children and Social Welfare Minister, Kumar Khadka; CPN-Maoist Centre spokesperson, Pampha Bushal; President of National Human Rights Commission, Mr.Anup Raj Sharma; Director of CCWB, Mr. Tarak Dhital; RPP party central member Roshan Karki; communist politician of ML, C.P Mainali; and the Senior Leader of Nepali Congress, Mr. Ram Chandra Paudel.
The campaigners demanded that youth (both women and men) should be prioritized in candidacy during the upcoming polls. Likewise, they demanded a due prioritization of youth issues, including employment and self-employment, and also more budget allocation for youth-focused programs in election manifestos of the party; they also stressed the need of educated youth human resources in Nepali politics.
The ruling party also made a commitment not to mobilize school children during the election. They also requested to include the topic of UNSC Resolution 2250, Child-Friendly local Governance(CFLG) and Girls Friendly City, youth and migration, peaceful election, etc. in the declaration paper.
Similarly, campaigners also demanded not to hand over any election tickets to those criminals who have committed violence/rape on children and women.
Likewise, in Nawalparsi District in the coordination of JCYCN and CZOP Campaign, campaigners stressed not to mobilize the schools and children during the election period. Equally, at the local level, the memorandum letter has been submitted to the government officers and political parties along with the related IEC materials by demanding attention toward the issue of children in Nawalparsi.