Call for Application for International Youth Task Force for Commonwealth Youth Forum 2018

CALL FOR MEMBERS OF THE INTERNATIONAL YOUTH TASK FORCE 2017-2018.

The Commonwealth is a unique global family of 52 member countries encompassing a multitude of cultures, religions and institutions. Its 2.3+ billion people make up a quarter of the world’s population and have become a vibrant and growing association of states in tune with the modern world. In 1991, the Harare Commonwealth Declaration set the association firmly on a new course, promoting democracy, good governance, human rights, the rule of law, and sustainable economic and social development. Today, the Commonwealth continues to be an active contributor in global affairs and building consensus around the world. The Commonwealth is a modern international association proud of its diversity and ready to meet future challenges.

Young people under 30 make up over half of the Commonwealth’s population of two billion and the youth population is still growing. The Commonwealth is committed to address the challenge of the “youth bulge” and the associated need to create enabling opportunities for young people. The organisation is working to ensure sustainable development through a youth lens where young people are given a strong voice in development strategies across all member countries.

It is in this framework that the Government of the United Kingdom will be hosting the 11th Commonwealth Youth Forum (CYF) as one of four parallel forums as part of the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) 2018. The CYF will tentatively take place from 16th to 18th April 2018 in London. The forum is organised jointly by Government of the United Kingdom, Commonwealth Youth Council (CYC) & Youth Division Commonwealth Secretariat and its regional partners the Caribbean Regional Youth Council, the Pan-African Youth Union, and Pacific Youth Council. This year’s theme will be confirmed shortly.

About 450 representatives of national youth councils, youth bodies, youth organisations as well as youth leaders, youth workers, young professionals and experts from across the Commonwealth are expected to attend the forum.

The CYC is making a call for the composition of the International Youth Taskforce who will be responsible for the organisation of CYF 2018. The IYTF will be divided into four committees: Programmes Committee, Media and Communications Committee, Policy, Drafting and Reporting Committee and Logistics Committee.

For more information on the committees: Call for applications for IYTF

To apply, follow the link: https://goo.gl/forms/DfVSKxvirQPZ9YSJ3

The deadline for submission is 30th April 2017.

2015 CYC General Assembly/CYF provisional agenda

Provisional Programme: 2nd CYC General Assembly/10th Commonwealth Youth Forum Adding Global Value…#WhatNext?

21 – 25 November 2015 | Malta

Day 1 – Saturday, 21 November, 2015

0830 – 1000 Opening Ceremony – Livestream available

Hon. Joseph Muscat, Prime Minister, Malta

HE. Kamalesh Sharma, Secretary-General, Commonwealth Secretariat

Ahmed Adamu, Chair, Commonwealth Youth Council

Victor Ochen, Pan-Commonwealth Youth Worker of the Year (2015)

Gulalai Ismail, Commonwealth Youth Award winner (2015)

 

1000 – 1100 Plenary Session 1: Adding Global Value- #WhatNext? – Livestream available

Panelist 1: Hon. Joseph Muscat, Prime Minister, Malta

Panelist 2: HE. Kamalesh Sharma, Secretary General, Commonwealth Secretariat

Panelist 3: Ahmed Adamu, Chair, Commonwealth Youth Council

Panelist 4: Victor Ochen, Pan-Commonwealth Youth Worker of the Year (2015)

Panelist 5: Gulalai Ismail, Commonwealth Youth Award winner (2015)

Moderator: Deodat Maharaj, Deputy Secretary General, Commonwealth Secretariat

 

1100 – 1130 Official Group Photo

 

Break

 

1130 – 1330 CYC General Assembly – Business Session

Josephine Ojiambo, Deputy Secretary General, Commonwealth Secretariat

Katherine Ellis, Director Youth Division, Commonwealth Secretariat

Tyson Fenech, President, CYC General Assembly

Ahmed Adamu, Chair, Commonwealth Youth Council

(Extended programme available)

 

1330 -1430 Lunch

 

1430 – 1530 #WhatNext Setting the Agenda

Parallel sessions

 

Group 1: Economic Agenda – Innovation and Technology: Closing the Gap – The role and contribution of Science and Technology in promoting economic growth in Commonwealth countries.

Speaker 1: Michael Sheldrick, Senior Manager – Global Policy and Advocacy, Global Poverty Project, Global Citizen

Speaker 2: Tony Sultana, Chairperson, Malta Agency for Information and Technology

Speaker 3: Ruben Caruana, Enterprise and Partnership Group, Microsoft

Speaker 4: Eric Kinoti, Founder and CEO, Shade systems EA. ltd

Moderator: Fatin Arifin, President, Commonwealth Alliance of Young Entrepreneurs (CAYE)

 

Group 2: Environment Agenda – Disaster Risk Reduction, Resilience and Recovery

Speaker 1: Moa Herrgård, Deputy Organising Partner, United Nations Major Group on Children and Youth

Speaker 2: Sarah Schmit, Programming Coordinator, 3rd World Conference for Disaster Risk Reduction – Children and Youth Forum (Convened by UNISDR & UN MGCY)

Speaker 3: Abdikadir Aden Hassan, Disaster Risk Reduction Ambassador, Ambassador Club –ADESO/USAID AFRICA

Moderator: Lawrence Muli, Young Professional, Commonwealth Secretariat

 

Group 3: Social Agenda – Quality & Inclusive Education Speaker 1: Balasubramanyam Chandramohan, Senior Research Fellow, Institute of Commonwealth Studies

Speaker 2: Hon. Evarist Bartolo, Minister for Education and Employment, Malta

Speaker 3: Joshua Griffith, Chairperson, Commonwealth Students Association

Speaker 4: Everlyne Achieng’ Onyango, Youth Representative, UNESCO Youth Forum

Moderator: Tiffany Daniels, Young Professional, Commonwealth Secretariat

 

Group 4: Political Agenda – Peace and Security: Countering the rise of global extremism

Speaker 1: Saji Prelis, Director, Children & Youth Programmes, Search for Common Ground

Speaker 2: Erin Saltman, Senior Researcher, Institute for Strategic Dialogue

Speaker 3: Victor Ochen, Pan-Commonwealth Youth Worker of the Year (2015)

Speaker 4: Jeffrey Pullicino Orlando, Chair, Council of Science and Technology, Malta

Moderator: Josephine Ojiambo, Deputy Secretary General, Commonwealth Secretariat

 

1530 – 1600 Break

 

1600 – 1800 #WhatNext Action Plan

 

1830 Welcome reception by Host Country

 

Day 2 – Sunday, 22 November, 2015

 

0830 – 0900 Recap – Connecting the dots

#BrightIdeas speech (Runner-up of the competition)

 

0900 – 1000 Plenary Session 2: Role of Young People in achieving the Global Goals for Sustainable Development – Livestream available

Panelist 1: Katherine Ellis, Director Youth Division, Commonwealth Secretariat

Panelist 2: Hon. Chris Agius, Parliamentary Secretary for Research, Innovation, Youth and Sport, Malta

Panelist 3: Francine Muyunba, President, Pan African Youth Union

Panelist 4: Timothy Ferdinand, Outgoing Chair, Caribbean Regional Youth Council

Panelist 5: Tahere Aaitui, Youth Representative, Pacific Youth Council

Moderator: Mohamed Husni, Co-Chair, Commonwealth Youth Forum

 

1000 – 1100 Setting the Context Sessions – Parallel sessions hosted by:

The World Bank Group

International Federation of Red Cross & Red Crescent Societies (IFRC)

Prince’s Charities International Sustainability Unit

Commonwealth Youth Sports & Peace working group (CYSDP)

Guyana National Youth Council

 

1100 – 1130 Break

 

1130 – 1230 #WhatNext Setting the Agenda

Parallel sessions

Group 1: Economic Agenda – Re-Examining the Pathways to Decent Work.

Speaker 1: Charles Dan, ILO Special Representative on Youth and Social Inclusion

Speaker 2: Hon. Ian Borg, Member of Parliament, Parliamentary Secretary for EU funds and 2017 Presidency, Malta

Speaker 3: Selma Green, Chair, Commonwealth Alliance of Youth Entrepreneurs (CAYE) – Caribbean

Speaker 4: Rosemarie Rammit, Youth Representative, Leonard Cheshire Disability

Moderator: Sushil Ram, Programme Manager, Commonwealth Secretariat

 

Group 2: Environment Agenda – Protection of Natural Resources: Balancing Production and Consumption Patterns with Sustainable Development

Speaker 1: Karuna Rana, Youth Representative, African Youth Initiative on Climate Change (AYICC)

Speaker 2: Nicholas Watts, Senior Officer, Commonwealth Human Ecology Council (CHEC)

Speaker 3: Harry Chikasamba, Youth Representative, UNESCO Youth Forum

Moderator: Jean Paul Brice Affana, Coordinator, Commonwealth Youth Climate Change Network (CYCN)

 

Group 3: Social Agenda – Health: Creating alternate pathways for accessing medical and health services

Speaker 1: Godfrey Xuereb, Pan American Health Organization/World Health Organization (PAHO/WHO) Representative

Speaker 2: Dakshitha Wickremarathne, Youth Advisor, Global Civil Society Advisory Group (GCSAG), UNWomen

Speaker 3: Charmaine Gauci, Director Health Promotion & Disease Prevention, Malta

Speaker 4/Moderator: Elvis Eze, Young Professional, Commonwealth Secretariat

Group 4: Political Agenda: Social Cohesion: Pathways to peace

Speaker 1: Amjath Saleem, Country Director – Sri Lanka Office, International Alert

Speaker 2: Assmaah Helal, Chair, Commonwealth Youth Sports & Peace working group (CYSDP)

Speaker 3: Andrew Azzopardi, Head of Department, Youth & Community Studies Faculty for Social Wellbeing, University of Malta

Moderator: Sionlelei Mario, Young Professional, Commonwealth Secretariat

 

1230 – 1330 #WhatNext Action Plan

 

1330 – 1430 Lunch

 

1430 – 1530 #WhatNext Action Plan- contd.

 

1530 – 1630 CYC Executive Election Primaries – Regional Representatives – Livestream available

 

1630 – 1700 Break

 

1700 – 1830 CYC Executive Election Primaries – Regional Representatives and Special Interests Representative – Livestream available

 

1900 ExtraCorp Dinner

 

Day 3 – Monday, 23 November, 2015

 

0815 – 0830 Recap – Connecting the dots

 

0830 – 0900 Guest Speaker – Baroness Sandip Verma, Parliamentary Under Secretary of State, Department for International Development, UK – Livestream available

 

0900 – 1000 Plenary Session 3: Climate Change: Impact on Sustainable Development – Livestream available

Panelist 1: Deodat Maharaj, Deputy Secretary General, Commonwealth Secretariat

Panelist 2: Karuna Rana, Youth Representative, African Youth Initiative on Climate Change (AYICC)

Panelist 3: Tahere Aaitui, Youth Representative, Pacific Youth Council

Panelist 4: Simone Borg, Malta’s Ambassador on Climate Change

Moderator: Jean Paul Brice Affana, Coordinator, Commonwealth Youth Climate Change Network (CYCN)

 

1000 – 1030 Break

 

1030 – 1130 Plenary Session 4: Commonwealth Charter: Article 12 on Gender Equality… #WhatNext? – Livestream available

Panelist 1: Ambassador Natasha Stott Despoja, Ambassador for Women and Girls, Australia

Panelist 2: Hon. Helena Dalli, Minister for Social Dialogue, Consumer Affairs and Civil Liberties, Malta

Panelist 3: Vivian Onano, Youth Advisor to the UN Women Global Civil Society Advisory Group

Panelist 4: Aristarick Joseph, Youth Activist, Youth for Change, Tanzania

Moderator: Sarah Soysa, Gender Network Coordinator, Royal Commonwealth Society

 

1130 – 1300 CYC Executive Election Primaries – Vice chair positions – Livestream available

 

1300 – 1400 Lunch

 

1400 – 1500 CYC Executive Election Primaries – Chair position – Livestream available

 

1500 – 1600 #WhatNext? Setting the Agenda

Parallel sessions

Group 1: Economic Agenda – Youth Entrepreneurship: Investing in Youth Entrepreneurship for Economic Growth

Speaker 1: Sushil Ram, Programme Manager, Commonwealth Secretariat

Speaker 2: Julius Shrima, Youth Entrepreneur and Commonwealth Youth Award Winner 2015

Speaker 3: Angela Jhanji, Accenture Focal Point for Solutions for Youth Employment, World Bank

Speaker 4: Fatin Arifin, President, Commonwealth Alliance of Young Entrepreneurs (CAYE) – Asia

Speaker 5: Clyde Caruana, CEO, Employment & Training Corporation, Malta

Moderator: Martin Ruvugabigwi, Chair, Commonwealth Alliance of Youth Entrepreneurs (CAYE) – East Africa

 

Group 2: Environment Agenda – Climate Change: Opportunities for Youth beyond COP21

Speaker 1: Jean Paul Brice Affana, Coordinator, Commonwealth Youth Climate Change Network (CYCN)

Speaker 2: Stefan Knights, Chair, Youth Environment Network – Caribbean Chapter

Speaker 3: Sarah Strack, Head of Partnerships and Network Development, Climate Action Network – International (CAN) Speaker 4: Paul Pace, National Coordinator, EkoSkola Malta

Moderator: Lawrence Muli, Young Professional, Commonwealth Secretariat

 

Group 3: Social Agenda – Youth Policy & Youth Work

Speaker 1: Andreas Karsten, Executive Director, Youth Policy Labs

Speaker 2: Miriam Teuma, Chief Executive Officer, Malta National Youth Agency

Speaker 3: Bernice Hlagala, Pan-Commonwealth Youth Worker of the Year 2014

Speaker 4: Christian Mizzi, Commonwealth Youth Worker of the Year (Europe) 2015

Speaker 5: Ayeleen A. Saleh, Director – Business Development and Partnerships, Bangladesh Youth Leadership Center

Moderator: Layne Robinson, Head of Programmes, Youth Division, Commonwealth Secretariat

 

Group 4: Political Agenda – Human Rights: A pillar of the Commonwealth

Speaker 1: Lucy Slack, Deputy Secretary General, Commonwealth Local Government Forum

Speaker 2: Diana Copper, Human Rights Section, Commonwealth Secretariat

Speaker 3: Rafiullah Kakar, Young Professional, Commonwealth Secretariat

Moderator: Chifundo Chilera, Young Professional, Commonwealth Secretariat

 

1600 – 1630 Break

 

1630 – 1830 #WhatNext? CYF Action Plan

 

1930 Cultural Dinner

 

2100 Poll opening

 

Day 4 – Tuesday, 24 November, 2015

 

0830 – 0900 Recap – Connecting the dots

#BrightIdeas speech (Winner of the competition)

 

0900 – 1100 General Assembly

Working group session

Finalisation of #WhatNext CYF action plan

 

1100 – 1130 Break

 

1130 – 1300 General Assembly

Working group session

Finalisation of #WhatNext CYF action plan

 

1300 – 1400 Lunch

 

1400 – 1700 General Assembly

Working group session

Finalisation of #WhatNext CYF action plan

 

1700 – 1730 Break

 

1730 – 2000 General Assembly

Working group session

Finalisation of #WhatNext CYF action plan

 

2000 – 2030 Adaptation of Outcomes Document

 

2030 Evening Traditional Maltese Festa

 

Day 5 – Wednesday, 25 November, 2015

 

0830 – 0900 Recap – Connecting the dots

Guest Speaker – Gary Dunn, Deputy Secretary General, Commonwealth Secretariat – Livestream available

0900 – 0930 Election Results – Livestream available

Appreciation of outgoing CYC Executives

Katherine Ellis, Director Youth Division, Commonwealth Secretariat

 

0930 – 1100 Regional Meeting: Connecting Diversity

 

1100 – 1130 Break

 

1130 – 1230 Setting the Context – Parallel sessions hosted by:

Elevation Networks

Commonwealth Human Ecology Council

Commonwealth Youth Climate Change Network

 

1230 – 1330 Closing Session of the CYC General Assembly, Installation of new CYC executives and Closing Ceremony of CYF – Livestream available

Hon. Marie Louise Coleiro, President of Malta

Deodat Maharaj, Deputy Secretary General, Commonwealth Secretariat

Newly Elected Chair, Commonwealth Youth Council (CYC)

Mohammed Husni, Co-Chair, CYF Taskforce

Christopher Formosa, Co-Chair, CYF Taskforce

 

1330 – 1430 Lunch and Field Preparation

 

1430 – 1830 Volunteer service in the community

 

1900 “Sahha”

Thursday, 26 November, 2015

0900 – 1200 Optional: Cultural visits

CYCGA: List of CYC official country delegates

The Commonwealth Youth Council (CYC) is pleased to announce the list of the official country delegates to its 2015 General Assembly and the CYF. These are the official delegates that will have voting rights (one vote per country) on behalf of the young people of their countries in this year’s CYC elections and during the policy debates and discusssions. Young people are encourage to contact their country delegations and discuss with them what they will bring to the CYC GA/CYF.

Here is the list:

Official Voters List (13-11-2015)

Official Voters List

National Youth Delegate’s Name

Country

Kurt Williams Antigua and Barbuda
Jonelle Walsh Antigua and Barbuda
Akram Azimi Australia
Laura Sobels Australia
Nominations not received Bahamas
Sumaiya Tabassum Ahmed Bangladesh
Tasnim Jara Bangladesh
Nominations not received Barbados
Andrew Munnings Belize
Tarun Butcherfor Belize
Nominations not received Bermuda
Xukuri Xukuri Botswana
Unami Moatswi Botswana
Nominations not received British Virgin Islands
Muhammad Nuh Bin Haji Abd Hamid Brunei Darussalam
Ms. Siti Nurafiqah binti Md Noor Brunei Darussalam
TBC Cameroon
Joshua Scott Mazur Canada
Aden Mohammed Hamza Canada
Nominations not received Cayman Islands
Nominations not received Cook Islands
Maria Kola Cyprus
Christiana Xenofontos Cyprus
Malik Stuart Dominica
Kerahia Jno Baptiste Dominica
Kaminieli Matai Tunaserau Fiji
Selita Donu Drogawale Saula Fiji
Abu Sulaymana Iddirisu Ghana
Sardia Musah-Saaka Ghana
Royden Anthony Grenada
Amanda Olivia Scott Grenada
Jamal Goodluck Guyana
Kezia Campbell Guyana
Nominations not received India
Nackadian Jones Jamaica
Terisa Thompson Jamaica
Benson Kitoo Mutemi Kenya
Rahow Abdi Jimale Kenya
Nominations not received Kiribati
Nyeoe Ntene Lesotho
Felix Chiyenda Malawi
Ida Mwale Malawi
Danesh Basil Malaysia
Hasnul Haniff Bin Harun Malaysia
Syafiqah Abdul Rahim Malaysia
Hasnau Rasheed Maldives
Abdulla Humaid Maldives
Elaine Degiorgio Malta
Georvin Bugeja Malta
Kamulsing Bhoojeshwaree Mauritius
Ramsurn Kaushik Mauritius
Nominations not received Montserrat
TBC Mozambique
Kapanada Marenga Namibia
Sharonice Busch Namibia
Aquinas Thomas Reynold Nauru
Sutchiko Eiyda Detenamo Nauru
Zubairu Usman Abdullahi Nigeria
Mmanti Umoh Nigeria
Abukarkar Ahmed Bachaka Nigeria
Nominations not received Niue
TBC Pakistan
Christina Jillian Keziah Giwe Papua New Guinea
David Aoneka Stansfield Rupa Papua New Guinea
Janet Ingabire Rwanda
Emmaunuel Shyaka Rwanda
Molly Homasi Samoa
Kaisarina Salesa Samoa
Kurtis Lespoir Seychelles
Angelique Pouponneau Seychelles
Ibrahim Prince Thorley Sierra Leone
Mamusu Hawa Turay Sierra Leone
Cindy Chng Singapore
Muhd Nabil Bin Noh Muhammad Singapore
Nominations not received Solomon Islands
Lerato Mofokeng South Africa
Ruwini Kodippili Sri Lanka
Dakshitha Wickremarathne Sri Lanka
Eranda Welianga Sri Lanka
Joy Napier St Kitts and Nevis
Trevis Belle St Kitts and Nevis
Louise Victor St Lucia
Nominations not received St Vincent and the Grenedines
Mlungisi Thwala Swaziland
Chazile Dlamini Swaziland
Mary Daniel Joeseph Tanzania
Maurus Fidelis Ndenda Tanzania
Nominations not received Tonga
Nominations not received Trinidad and Tobago
Nominations not received Turks and Caicos Islands
Sagaga Safega Tuvalu
Niuone Eliuta Tuvalu
Samuel Odongo Uganda
Irene Ahaisibwe Uganda
Leon Ward UK
Kavita Sharma UK
Nominations not received Vanuatu
Susan Hamwami Zambia
Trywell Moonga Zambia

2015 CYC Election and GA

See the provisional 2015 provisional agenda for the CYC GA/CYF at the tail end of this post

Theme of the Youth Forum

Sub Themes of the CYF

Since one of the main objectives of the Malta Commonwealth Youth Forum 2015 is to feed directly into the agenda of the actual Heads of Government meeting, the theme chosen follows closely the main theme of the Heads of Government Summit which is,‘Adding Global Value’.

From a Youth Forum perspective the notion of the Commonwealth as a means to Adding Global Value is being challenged by asking What Next? Thus, the theme chosen for the Youth Forum; ‘ADDING GLOBAL VALUE…..#WHATNEXT?’

The Young People of the Commonwealth recognize that the Commonwealth is at a critical junction in its history and through this theme all the key players are being challenged to think concretely on the future of the Commonwealth. Young People can contribute to the setting and implementation of the Global Agenda. Today’s agenda will directly impact the future of the Young People of Today.

The youth leaders will explore the role of young people of the Commonwealth through four main agendas. Each agenda is then subdivided into different areas of discussion. The main sub themes which will be discussed are;

Economic Agenda

  • Innovation and Technology: Closing The Gap: The role and contribution of Science and Technology in promoting economic growth in CW countries.
  • Sustainable Employment: Re-Examining the Pathways to Sustainable Employment.
  • Youth Entrepreneurship: Investing in Youth Entrepreneurship for Economic Growth.

Environment Agenda

  • Disaster Risk Reduction, Resilience and Recovery: Addressing Disaster Risk Reduction and Management.
  • Protection of Natural Resources: Balancing Production and Consumption Patterns with Sustainable Development.
  • Climate Change: Transforming Climate Change into Relevant Opportunity for the Youth.

Social Agenda

  • Quality and Inclusive Education: Re-assessing access to Quality Education for youth.
  • Health: Creating alternate pathways for accessing  medical and health services.
  • Youth Policy and Youth Work: Acknowledging Responsibility.

Political Agenda

  • Peace and Security: Countering the rise of global extremism.
  • Social Cohesion: A shared common history.
  • Human Rights: A pillar of the Commonwealth.

Apart from the sub-themes there will also be four cross cutting sessions;

Adding Global Value…..#whatnext?

Role of Young People in Achieving SDGs…

Commonwealth Charter: Article 12… #whatnext? 

Climate Change- A peace & security Issue

 

2. Commonwealth Youth Council Executive Positions for 2015-2017

Online Nomination Form

The deadline for receipt of completed nominations has been extended until 31st July 2015 at 12:00 midnight GMT.

Confirmation of Nominee

Nominees will be confirmed based on the documents submitted, eligibility and suitability of nominee for the position nominated for.

Delegation

Approved candidates will be accredited as Commonwealth Youth Forum (CYF) participants. Candidates must be physically present at the Commonwealth Youth Forum (CYF) and Commonwealth Youth Council General Assembly.

Election Campaign Costs

Candidates are encouraged to limit campaign expenses, and should not spend more than £200.

Important Notes

Before completing your nomination form, please read the following:

Nominations have now closed.

Further Information

Please contact the CYC.

Email: cyc@commonwealth.int

Commonwealth Youth Council
Youth Division
Commonwealth Secretariat
Marlborough House
Pall MallLondon
SW1Y 5HX
United Kingdom

**Download the agenda HERE.

Malawi & An End to Gender-based Violence

MAESTROS IN INAUGURAL EVENT FOR THE 16 DAYS ACTIVISM

Maestros Leadership Team joins the campaign to end violence against women and girls. #OrangeUrWORLD. Through a partnership with Ministry of Justice through the Blantyre High Court, Malawi Police & Women Judges Association of Malawi, Maestros Leadership Team took a leading role in the inaugural event for 16 Days activism to end violence against women and girls. Read more

Unseen & Unspoken

To commemorate World Braille Day, the Commonwealth Youth Council launches “Unseen & Unspoken.” This is a segment of creative expression of the #iamABLE campaign through the art of poetry. The theme of the competition is “My disability does not define me.” The theme can be interpreted many ways – writers could focus on achievements and talents they have in spite of a disability, or positive traits they have or have developed as a result of their disability. The objective of the competition is to raise awareness of the experience and lives of young people with disabilities which are often unseen and not spoken of. Note that the CYC is taking a broad definition of disabilities to include visible and invisible disabilities such as autism and dyslexia. Read more

Empowering through Assistive Technologies

A project by: Enable Lanka Foundation, Sri Lanka

In the evolution of approaches from a charity-based one to a right-based one concerning the process of addressing the issues of persons with disabilities, the omnipotent presence of charity-based initiatives have caused a lag in the sustainable development all over the world. Specially this trend is visible as highly prevalent in developing nations most of which are commonwealth member states. Enable Lanka foundation which is an organization pioneering to mainstream disability inclusion in Sri Lanka, has come up with an innovative solution for the upliftment of education and social independence with regard to the visually impaired persons who constitute a greater portion in terms of the entire realm of persons with disabilities.

#IAMABLE

Saturday 3rd December, International Day of People with Disabilities, will see the launch of the Commonwealth Youth Council’s campaign for youth with disabilities. The project, entitled I AM ABLE, will run for eighteen months and will seek to contribute towards the development of a more inclusive society by addressing the fact that, according to the CYC, people with disabilities are among the most marginalised groups within the Commonwealth. Through initiatives such as data collection, myth-busting and leadership training, the project will provide support and opportunities for young people with disabilities, including physical, mental and learning difficulties.

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Reed Smith’s LEADRS Group: Employment without discrimination

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Reed Smith is a leading international law firm, known for its work in the corporate, media, shipping and real estate sectors among many others, with 26 offices across the US, Europe, the Middle East and Asia. It has built a reputation on an inclusive and friendly working culture, winning many awards for diversity and inclusion over the years. One area it heavily focuses on is disability.

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