More than 70% of the Somali population is youth as declared different research institutions at different times and published different places, which means they deserve to lead each sector of the society politically, socially and economically.
So, young peace builders are highly effective at making an impact at the grassroots level. Yet, whilst there are so many youth-led initiatives operating around the world to bring about sustainable peace, there is a lack of support from above (Governments).
According to the Somali youth , if we go back to SYL history, they were 13 youth who reached us the independence that we are having today peacefully from the Italian colony , so we can’t shutdown the eyes the crucial role of the youth towards peace-building.
Globally Youth comprise of over one billion people, 600 million of whom live in violence- and conflict-affected areas.
Despite the vulnerability of youth, current youth-led peace building work and their potential, there is no international framework that brings these areas together to have the strongest possible impact.
One important role which the youth can play in peace and conflict resolution is for them “Be the change” they should learn to combine their enthusiasm with patience, realizing the importance of living together and should be responsible to defend the frontiers of peace and non-violence.
Unfortunately, the old generations always downgrade the youth and they say (YOU ARE FUTURE LEADERS) which means currently the youth can do nothing , but really is vice verse , the youth can do better currently for peace-building, conflict resolution and security as well.
Meanwhile, according to the security issue, when the youth are busy doing their daily business and are considered as part of the solution, they contribute positively the security. Beyond this, youth play a role as positive agents of change, building sustainable peace in their societies.
To utilize the tremendous potential of youth in creating and maintaining peaceful environments, they must be engaged with and provided opportunities to be involved in decision-making at all levels, in mechanisms for the prevention, management and resolution of conflict, and in peace negotiations.
On the other hand, there are so many ways that the youth successfully engage in peace-building process:-
Create spaces for youths to express their opinion and listen to them: Rather than simply acknowledging them as victims or perpetrators of violence, it’s vital to engage youths as social actors with their own views and contributions.
Today, more than 1.5 billion people live in countries affected by fragility and conflict a majority of which is under the age of 30, these numbers alone justify the inclusion and consideration of youth in policy-making and planning. But in practice, the meaningful participation of young people in peace building has been hindered by discourses that overwhelming depicts youth as victims or villains.
Build trust between Youth and Governments: Youth mobilization in peace-building efforts is more likely to be successful if young people are given the capabilities and opportunities to work with local and national governments, also to give the youth the lead when it comes to peace-building and conflict resolution efforts as longest their mind is fresh and they don’t believe the tribalism as old generations do.