Africa Youth Charter

Africa Youth Charter

Africa Youth Charter

The African Youth Charter (AYC) was endorsed on 2 July 2006 by the African Union Heads of States and Governments meeting in
Banjul (Gambia). It entered into force on 8 August 2009

The Charter is a political and legal document which serves as the strategic framework for African States, giving direction for youth
empowerment and development at continental, regional and national levels.

It originated from the need to address the situation of the Youth in Africa, many of whom have been marginalised by society
through wealth and power inequalities, poor quality of education, limited health care, unemployment, and exposure to violence. It
defines youth or young people as every person between the ages of 15 and 35 years.

To take effect, African Member States need to ratify the Charter and translate the Charter’s commitments into their national laws.
It is an active document.

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