Together with the human rights mainstreaming coordination team, UN-Habitat’s Somalia Country Programme implemented a project to mainstream human rights for youth leaders at the Mogadishu One-stop Youth Centre (MOSYC). The One Stop Youth Centre in Mogadishu provides youth with a safe and inclusive space where they can meet and take the lead in their own development and that of their urban environment. By cultivating institutional capacity on human rights, at the MOSYC youth were also provided with a platform that enables them to participate so that their rights. This project aimed
to: Strategically select well-placed youth leaders and equip them with the knowledge of human rights concepts;

  • Apply international and national human rights frameworks, learn different advocacy methods;
  • Build their capacities to mainstream human rights within the youth centre.

The project trained 5 youth leaders in the Banadir Regional Youth Association (BARYA). Upon the completion of the training, the 5 went on to train 180 other vulnerable youth from 6 districts through Shaqeyso Programme on human rights (30 youth from each of the 6 districts). A voluntary youth human rights committee (YHRC) was also created. It includes Youth Leaders, BARYA and MOSYC Youth Advisory Board in Mogadishu. The members of the committee are strategically selected and well-placed youth leaders equipped with the knowledge and tools to continue further capacity development as trained trainers. The committee is also tasked with organizing and facilitating dialogues, forums and debate around the key issues that affect young people by enhancing their understanding of how to influence decision-making processes that affect them.