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“Malawi activist is democracy ambassador”

 A youth leader who is committed to empowerment has won another role as an activist, this time as a regional ambassador, writes McLloyd Kudzingo, 27, a Correspondent from Malawi.

Youth leader and woman activist on education and sexual reproductive health rights Carol Chidothe has been selected to become regional ambassador for Southern Africa for the Pan African Youth Democracy Fellowship CANVASSITY programme.

CANVASSITY Pan African Youth Democracy Fellowship is a dynamic youth program designed to improve the capacity of young people to effectively engage and support elected representatives and government institutions to improve government efficiency, raise accountability and foster citizen-government collaboration in Africa.

Speaking in an interview, Chidothe expressed delight at the selection, saying the honour bestowed upon her was for all young Malawian women. She was particularly pleased to associate herself with the vision of the Pan African Youth Democracy Fellowship and ensured her full participation in the programme.

The vibrant youth leader said in her capacity as the regional ambassador she would come up with a plan of activities and programmes that will increase the youth participation in good governance.

“During this period I desire to create impactful youth programmes and promote youth leadership. There is a need to promote the spirit of leadership and patriotism amongst youths in the region and it is my hope that things would change during this period ,” said Chidothe, who is the Executive Director for the Center for Women and Girls Empowerment (CEWOGE).

Chidothe is a 2015 fellow of Young African Leaders Initiative (YALI), a signature programme of former US president Barrack Obama for young African leaders, Southern Africa in Business and Entrepreneurs Development.

She is also a 2017 fellow of the Community Solution Program,  a US department of State program, and an associate fellow of the Royal Commonwealth Society for the Queens Young Leaders programme.

Photo credits: courtesy of McLloyd Kudzingo

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About me: I am a Malawian journalist and writer. I completed training at the Malawi Institute of Journalism, and worked with a number of media institutions in the country, including Radio Maria Malawi, Dziko FM, Beta Television and Radio 247 Online.

I am currently working as a script writer at East African Productions in Blantyre-Malawi. My wish is to becomes one of the most successful journalists in Africa.

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Opinions expressed in this article are those of the author and do not necessarily represent the views of the Commonwealth Youth Programme. Articles are published in a spirit of dialogue, respect and understanding. If you disagree, why not submit a response?
To learn more about becoming a Commonwealth Correspondent please visit: http://www.yourcommonwealth.org/submit-articles/

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