The Royal Commonwealth Society is seeking applicants for a five day forum in Malta, where young people from around the Commonwealth will meet to discuss gender inequality issues. The participants in the forum will form the inaugural members of the Commonwealth Youth Gender and Equality Network, which will focus on youth priorities for gender issues, and actively engage with
Commonwealth processes to ensure youth priorities are reflected in policy and practice. The forum will take place six months ahead of the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM), and will be a key opportunity to discuss gender equality concerns and priorities ahead of active engagement in the Commonwealth Youth Forum, People’s Forum and Women’s Forum, which all take place in the wings of CHOGM.
Applicants must have experience working on gender equality issues, either in the workplace, through studies or as a volunteer.
Context and Background
Young people are able to actively participate in Commonwealth political processes via a number of platforms. The Commonwealth Youth Forum (CYF) is a chance for young people to debate their priority areas for further Commonwealth action, and to present this to Heads of Government. The Commonwealth Youth Council was established in 2013 to represent the voice of youth in the Commonwealth with an elected executive of 12 representatives from national youth councils rotating every two years. However, there is no gender youth network to advocate for gender equality issues within the formal structures of the Commonwealth.
The RCS is proposing to contribute towards filling this gap by launching an international Commonwealth Youth Gender and Equality Network. Given work on gender issues the
RCS is well placed, alongside a range of participating experts, to interact with young citizens of the Commonwealth, to work with them to develop a strong youth voice on gender and equality issues.
The Commonwealth Youth Gender and Equality Forum
The forum will take place in Malta on 13th–17thMay 2015. It will be a five day residential programme which will bring together young professionals and experts in an inter-generational learning environment for the purpose of capacity-building the group. This will occur through
workshops, discussions and training sessions. The interaction will aim to develop knowledge in a range of areas, including on various gender issues, on effective advocacy, and on further practical skills.
Themes covered will include child marriage, harmful practices, domestic violence, sexual violence, access to education, economic empowerment, entrepreneurship, leadership, STEM, LGBT rights and sexual and reproductive health and rights. The workshops and discussions will be facilitated by trainers and experts, and will serve as a space to share knowledge and experience, as well as capacity-building the participants to be able to understand the issues more clearly in their global context, gain a greater idea of the ways in which they can effectively affect policy changes and advocate more effectively at key moments, particularly within Commonwealth structures.
Applicants must be:
- Between the ages of 18-29 at the start of the event
- Resident in a Commonwealth country
- Committed to upholding the Commonwealth values of good governance and sustainable development
- Fluent in English –the working language of the Forum
- Confirm that I am medically fit to travel and participate in the Forum
- Able to evidence professional or voluntary experience on gender equality issues
- Willing to share case studies and highlight relevant aspects of my work
- Willing to be an active participant and to spread the values
and outcomes of the network in my home country
for more details contact:Leila Asrari
To apply click Here
Application Deadline: 1st May 2015
The Royal Commonwealth Society is inviting young people to share their hopes and concerns for the future, thereby generating an important youth perspective and Commonwealth wide dialogue as the international community gathers to set development goals for the next 15 years. The competition is open to young writers aged 18 and under who are living in, or a national of, a Commonwealth country or territory. All entries must be in English and are to be submitted online.
Answers can be submitted in number of formats, for example: poem, letter, folk tale, script or essay. Multiple submissions are not allowed and will lead to disqualification.
Born after 1st May 2001 (under 14 years)
- What are the advantages and disadvantages of being young?
- Imagine what the world will be like when you are an old person.
- I am the future!
- Imagine you are a young person living in a different part of the Commonwealth. What is life like for you?
Born between 2nd May 1996 and 1st May 2001 (14-18 years)
- What do you hope to achieve in your lifetime?
- In 2030 you will no longer be young. What changes would you like to see in the world in 15 years’ time?
- Youth versus experience.
- Fresh perspectives. What can a young Commonwealth offer?
- The Competition is open to nationals or residents of all Commonwealth countries and territories. Note: Special dispensation applies to entrants from Hong Kong, Fiji and Zimbabwe who are entitled to enter the Competition.
- Entrants must select a Senior or Junior topic depending on their age on 1st May 2015. Please see flyer for age guidelines.
- Only one essay per entrant is allowed. Once an essay is submitted, students/teachers will not have the opportunity to revise it. Please carefully check and improve you writing before submitting the final copy, and also ensure that all supplementary information is filled in correctly (name, contact details, topic number, etc.)
- Entries must be written in English.
- The maximum word counts are 1500 words for Senior entries and 750 words for Junior entries. These word limits apply to all topics and all formats (essay, poem, letter, etc). Exceeding the word count will result in automatic disqualification.
- Winners will be flown to London for a week of cultural and educational visits, culminating in a special award event in November 2015.
- Runners-up will be recognized in national award events.
- All four top entries will be published by the RCS.
- A number of Gold, Silver and Bronze Awards will be made in both the Junior and Senior categories, and participants who do not receive an award will be entitled to a certificate of participation.
The 2015 entries has to be submitted online at their official website or in cases where secure internet is an issue can be send by post to: FAO Commonwealth Essay Competition
THE ROYAL COMMONWEALTH SOCIETY
7-11 St Matthew Street
The results will be announced early September 2015.
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