The Youth Budget Advocacy Group of Upper Manya (Y-BAGUM), is a group created or formed by Plan International Ghana on the 20th of December 2010.
Is a youth group of 40 members. 25 are girls and young women and 15 are boys and young men. Members are 24 years and below. With almost 90% of the members below 18 years. Plan formed this group purposely for young people to take part in decision making at the local assembly level to advocate for more allocation of budget for children especially girls. And the good news is that, in the Plan International world, only Y-BAGUM is surviving.
The group does the following; it analyses the local government budget, does monitoring on projects found in the budget and the progress report in the various communities and brings feedback, advocates for women and girls rights, Sexual and Gender Based Violence, Reproductive health and rights as well as any issues of concern in the life of young people. The group does all the work of Plan International etc.
The group won the regional competition of Plan International’s Youth Flexible Fund Initiative and currently, is part of the 25 groups selected globally under the Generation Equality Girls Fund as well as one of their leaders being selected as one of the National Gender Youth Activists of UN Women.
The group is passionate about children and young, especially girls and young women development. And wants a world free of violence where everyone will be valued, especially girls and young women.