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Youngsters undermined

Nasik Swami
Saturday, July 19, 2014

ASPIRING politician Roshika Deo says young people in the country continue to be undermined and are patronised in many of the political process.

Ms Deo claims some senior citizens continue to treat young people as "too green" when it comes to politics.

"One of the many incidents, earlier this year a 19-year-old boy from the West attempted to organise a gathering on elections and politics. Some older people said to him he was just a student and doesn't know anything," she claimed.

Ms Deo said the senior citizens not only refused to help the young boy but dissuaded him from taking an interest in the affairs of our nation.

"How are young people, who make up over 40 per cent of our voting block, are to develop and nurture an interest in politics if our own people do not give us support and an opportunity?

"We hear so often that the younger generation in Fiji are apathetic and are disconnected.

"Whose fault is that?

"Our very own society doesn't encourage and support us from when we are children and then when we become older adults, they have expectations that never matched their behaviour."

Ms Deo said on several occasions she was told that she was not mature enough to enter politics.

"We have seen many older politicians here and around the world, display pettiness, vindictiveness, mud slinging and are dictatorial — is that the maturity we seek?

"It's absurd, despite the fact that Be The Change and I have a proven track record of using creative strategies, policies and ideas, and responding to our current needs and realities, we are being told that."

She said everywhere in the world, young people had brought revolution.

"Emerging issues like trade, regional issues, unemployment, education reform, gender justice, environmental rights, animal rights, disability rights, LGBTIQ, mental health awareness, street harassment and cyber bullying are all advocated or championed by mostly young people."

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