Indigenous People’s Right to Education, Respecting the Past and Moving Forward in Social Cohesion.
Today the Commonwealth Youth Council has joined hands with the global community to observe the International Day of Indigenous Persons. Not only do we recognize the silent voices of the indigenous population but also advocate and represent indigenous youth as equal partners for development and their participation at the Pan-Commonwealth level through the Office of Special Interest Groups.
On behalf of the Commonwealth Youth Council and the Commonwealth Youth Gender Equality Network
My name is Angelique Pouponneau from the Seychelles and currently I sit as the Vice-Chairperson for inclusion and engagement of the Commonwealth Youth Council and a member of the Commonwealth Youth Gender Equality Network. I also sit on the Executive Management Team of the Commonwealth Businesswomen’s Network for youth and enterprise.
These past couple of weeks, many cities in the world have hosted Pride parades to celebrate the achievements of LGBT cultures and communities. Being in London on Saturday 25 June myself, it was great to see the LGBT community and the public come together in support for equal rights, dignity, and the end of discrimination and violence against LGBTs around the world. It was great to see each and everyone at the parade to feel so free and at liberty to be themselves regardless of sexuality, gender, races, and colour. Being a Canadian myself, it was great to hear that Justin Trudeau, the Prime Minister of Canada, attend the Pride parade in Toronto on Sunday 3 July. I believe it was the first time ever for a world leader to have participated in the Pride parade. In a recent interview on Daily Xtra, Trudeau emphasis Canada’s important role in promoting awareness of LGBT rights around the world.
The Commonwealth Youth Gender Equality Network (CYGEN) is a youth led, and focused network which actively promotes and supports the meaningful inclusion of youth voices on gender equality issues in local, national, regional, Commonwealth and international agendas.
Organisations Working with Young People with Disabilities
The Commonwealth Youth Council recognises the work that young people around the world are doing for young people with disabilities. Here is the story of Annabelle Xerri, this year’s Maltese Queen’s Young Leader.
Angelique Pouponneau, Vice-Chairperson for inclusion and engagement of the Commonwealth Youth Council, and Co-founder of the SIDS Youth AIMS Hub- Seychelles delivered a speech on ‘Our Oceans is our passport to the future’ at the Caribbean Studies Association conference on the 8th June 2016. The transcript of the speech is below:
Good morning/afternoon/evening ladies and gentlemen. My name is Angelique Pouponneau from the Seychelles and currently serving as the Vice- Chairperson for inclusion and engagement of the Commonwealth Youth Council and heading the environment agenda. Locally in the Seychelles I co-founded the SIDS Youth AIMS Hub – Seychelles, a youth-led NGO promoting and advancing sustainable development through youth-led projects.
On Thursday May 26th, 2016 the CYC had its first official live Twitter chat, with the hopes of being another catalyst for creating solutions to reach gender equality. Inspired by the #HeforShe movement #CYCforEquality was created. The purpose of the conversation was to spark a youth dialogue publically and internationally on a platform that is used to spread ideas virally. The partnership with Youth Alliance International, the national coordinating organisation of Bangladesh, was requested because of their work to empower women by promoting Menstrual hygiene and ensure their 100% participation in classes. They have observed Menstrual Hygiene Day in 34 countries.
With the objective of getting greater awareness about the Commonwealth Youth Council to young people in the Commonwealth the Office for Inclusion and Engagement launched an initiative named #KnowYourCYC.
On the 6th April 2016, The International Day of Sports for Development and Peace (IDSDP) was celebrated across the Commonwealth. The Commonwealth Youth Sport for Development and Peace (CYSDP) Working Group commemorated IDSDP 2016 through the facilitation of SDP Awareness and Youth Advocacy workshops in Samoa, Australia, Nigeria, Kenya and India.
The Commonwealth Youth Council had the opportunity to speak to John Oluwadero- African Regional Representative of CYSDP, to hear about one of the events held in Nigeria. The theme of the event was in line with this year IDSDP theme ‘I play for SDG.’ Speakers at the event advocated for the use of Sport in attaining the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), in pursuit of the fulfilment of Goal 17 of the SDGs.