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YOUTH FOR INNOVATION TRUST

Themes: Gender, Economics, Technology, Social justice, Community,
Region: Southern Africa
Country: Zimbabwe

YOUTH FOR INNOVATION TRUST

Youth socio-economic exclusion is one of the leading causes of the persistence of human rights abuses and different forms of violence that negatively affect young people’s participation in development processes in Bulawayo, Zimbabwe. This project by the Youth for Innovation Trust (YIT) focuses on inspiring active citizenship through innovatively using online social media and offline spaces to spark conversations that interrogate the dynamics of exclusions and as a result, minimise the acceptance of cultures that ensure the persistence of socio-economic exclusion. By partnering with the Umahlekisa Comedy Club, YIT will also be putting on stand-up comedy shows across a number of locations within the city of Bulawayo to broach these subjects through humour, targeting a wide audience of young Zimbabweans, including women, the disabled the LGBTQIA+ community, sex workers, and teenage mothers amongst others. Another element of the project includes the development of ‘solidarity circles’ that will bring together young women in particular to be the lead in tackling the issue of social exclusion head on.

Youth for innovation Trust is a collective of active global citizens who advance social innovation for development through facilitating a culture of active thinking. YIT would like to enhance a widespread understanding and appreciation of underserved arts such as stand-up comedy, and poetry in combating social ills.