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Apply! Commonwealth Youth Gender and Equality Network

RCSApplication Deadline: 20th February 2015

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:

  1. Between the ages of 18-29 at the start of the event
  2. Resident in a Commonwealth country
  3. Committed to upholding the Commonwealth values of good governance and sustainable development
  4. Fluent in English –the working language of the Forum
  5. Confirm that I am medically fit to travel and participate in the Forum
  6. Able to evidence professional or voluntary experience on gender equality issues
  7. Willing to share case studies and highlight relevant aspects of my work
  8. 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

Apply! The Queen’s Commonwealth Essay Competition 2015


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.

Junior Category-

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?

Senior Category-

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
7-11 St Matthew Street

The results will be announced early September 2015.

For more details, visit Here

Call for Applications: The Queen’s Young Leaders International Advisory Panel Members

The Royal Commonwealth Society and its partners the Queen Elizabeth Diamond Jubilee Trust and Comic Relief are looking for up to 12 young adults aged 18-29 from across the Commonwealth to join our Advisory Panel!

This is a one-year voluntary placement (October 2014 to September 2015) that is home-based but will include one international meeting in mid November, probably held in London, as well as virtual meetings. As a panel member you will contribute meaningfully to the decision-making processes of the Queen’s Young Leaders’ Programme by advising on how best to achieve the goals and outcomes on the programme. You will ensure that the development and delivery of the Queen’s Young Leaders’ Programme is of the highest possible quality by representing the views and interests of young people. One of the main roles is to short-list by reading, assessing and commenting on applications for the Queen’s Young Leaders Awards and Grants. Panel members will receive training and support in their role as well as gaining vital experience at board level.

For this role as a panel member you will be articulate and willing to get involved and have sufficient time to give for the role. We are ideally looking for people who have already had some previous committee or board experience, and we require panel members to have excellent relationship building skills and previous experience working or being involved in at least one of the Programme’s priority areas: youth-led social action, youth voice and participation, youth employment and enterprise. The working language will be English. You must be a citizen of a Commonwealth country. We are looking to recruit volunteer members from all regions of the Commonwealth.

Please follow the link for a pdf Job Description and more information. If you are interested in applying for this position please send a CV (2 sides of A4 paper maximum) and either a covering letter (400 words) or a URL link to a short 90 second video to quoting ref: CR1471 QYLY Panel Member in the subject line. Your application needs to outline your relevant experience and suitability for this role as well as clearly stating your nationality and date of birth and providing 2 referees.

The deadline for applications  is 5:00pm (GMT) on Monday 18th August 2014.
For more information;visit:

Call for Applications: The Queen’s Young Leaders Programme 2014

queensAre you making a difference in your community?

Apply for the Queen’s Young Leaders Pogramme. Over the next five years,this life changing Programme has been established by The Queen Elizabeth Diamond Jubilee Trust and runs in partnership with Comic Relief and the Royal Commonwealth Society in honour of The Queen’s 60-year contribution to the Commonwealth.

The Queen’s Young Leaders Programme will support thousands of young people (18-29) to make their visions of a better society a reality. Comprising two parts, it will create a lasting legacy for the Queen through:

  • An Awards scheme to recognise the achievements of 240 inspirational young people and provide support enabling them to take up leadership roles and inspire future leaders
  • Grants to support organisations in selected countries across the Commonwealth that work with young people to transform their lives

Young people from all across the Commonwealth can apply or be nominated to win an award and become a Queen’s Young Leader.



Young people who have already achieved something extraordinary for themselves and others are also taking part in the event

Each application/nomination must meet the following criteria:

  1. Applicants/nominees need to have proven experience of working to improve their communities locally, regionally or at a national level and be able to show evidence of their achievements.
  2. Applicants/nominees must be aged between 18 and 29 for the year of the award and be citizens of a Commonwealth country.
  3. Applicants/nominees need to demonstrate evidence of their leadership qualities.
  4. Priority will be given to individuals who have overcome challenges to achieve their goals.
  5. All applicants/nominees need to be supported by a suitable referee. All applications/nominations will be considered based on the young person’s achievements to date as well as their potential and their future ambition

Award details

Each year from 2014 to 2018, 60 inspirational young people will be selected to receive a Queen’s Young Leaders Award and become ‘Queen’s Young Leaders’ – one for every year that The Queen had served as Head of the Commonwealth at the time of her Diamond Jubilee. At least one young person from every Commonwealth country will receive a Queen’s Young Leaders Award.

Deadline: October 11th 2014

Click here to apply

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Call for applications: The Commonwealth Youth Leadership Programme- 33Fifty

Nkabom crop33Fifty is a leadership programme for young Commonwealth leaders aged between 18 and 25. The name comes from the fact that 33% of the world’s population lives in the Commonwealth, and 50% of those are under 25. 33Fifty is the new version of our Commonwealth Youth Leadership Programme, last held in Kigali as Nkabom33Fifty is an exciting new youth leadership programme that will run between 17 and 20 July, just prior to the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games. The programme name reflects the fact that 33% the world’s population lives in the Commonwealth and half of them are under 25 years of age.

33Fifty will bring together 100 dynamic 18–25 year-olds from across the Commonwealth for a four-day programme in Glasgow to tackle a challenge of fundamental importance to the Commonwealth.  Participants will have unique opportunities to develop critical leadership skills to help them in their studies, careers and civic life. 33Fifty aims to develop young leaders to bring people together, reconcile differences, lead change and use the Commonwealth’s networks effectively. 33Fifty builds on Nkabom, the youth leadership programme pioneered by the Royal Commonwealth Society. It will form part of the official cultural programme running parallel to the Commonwealth Games and will be delivered by Common Purpose and the Royal Commonwealth Society.

Each programme will bring together 100 young leaders of which:

  • 1/3 will be nationals of the host country
  • 1/3 will be from across the Commonwealth currently studying or living in the host country
  • 1/3 will travel to Scotland from across the Commonwealth.

The Participants will tackle achallenge related to an issue of fundamental importance and relevance right across the Commonwealth. This will be explored through:

  • in-depth and real conversations with talented leaders from all sectors
  • behind-the-scenes visits to an incredible range of organisations and institutions
  • practical engagement with a challenge which is current and compelling across the Commonwealth.

Through taking part in 33Fifty, participants will gain:

  • leadership skills to help them in their studies, careers and civic life
  • the ability to make a difference to their communities, the Commonwealth and wider world
  • access to global networks and an alumni community of engaged Commonwealth citizens
  • Cultural Intelligence – the ability to thrive in multiple cultures

Deadline: March 16th, 2014.

Click here to apply

For more information,visit: 33fifty Website

Call for Entries: Commonwealth Essay Competition 2014

Royal Commonwealth Society

For 130 years, the Commonwealth Essay Competition has inspired thousands of young writers from all over the world. Run by the RCS, this international schools’ writing contest – the world’s oldest and largest – is a highly regarded and popular international education project. In 2013, over 11,000 young people from 55 Commonwealth countries and territories took part.

Open to all Commonwealth citizens aged 18 and under, the Essay Competition offers young people the opportunity to make their voice heard on a global platform and engage with issues important to them. Every year, judges are impressed with the extremely high standard of entry as participants compete with their peers from every corner of the Commonwealth. For many bright and ambitious students, this is the ultimate competition!

Now run in partnership with Cambridge University Press, the competition remains an important means of expression for young people across the Commonwealth. Read about the 2013 winners here.

This year’s theme is ‘Team Commonwealth’. As athletes gather in Glasgow for the 2014 Commonwealth Games, team spirit will be on display both within and between nations. Young writers are encouraged to explore this theme in fun, academic, witty, and most of all creative ways!

From Africa to Asia, from the Pacific to the Caribbean, from Europe to North America, the Commonwealth’s 2.2 billion people make up a third of the
world’s population. Moreover, half of the population of the Commonwealth is aged 25 or under. The Essay Competition celebrates and nurtures the
creative talents of the young people that make up this unique association.Run by the Royal Commonwealth Society since 1883, the Commonwealth Essay Competition is the world’s oldest and largest schools’ international writing competition. It provides a platform for young people to compete with their peers in a truly global environment.

Download the Commonwealth-Essay-Competition-2014-Flyer

Enter the Commonwealth Essay Competition 2014 here.

Deadline: May 1st 2014

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