Application Deadline: February 20th 2015
What: Commonwealth Youth Gender and Equality Network
When: 13-17 May 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.
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 Gender and Equality Forum
The forum will take place in Malta on 13th–17th May 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, sexualviolence, 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 ef
fectively affect policy changes, and advocate more effectively at key moments, particularly within Commonwealth structures.
The Applicant should
- Be aged between 18 and 29 at the start of the event
- Be resident in a Commonwealth country
- Be committed to upholding the Commonwealth values of good governance and sustainable development
- Be fluent in English–the working language of the Forum
- Be medically fit to travel and participate in the Forum
- Be able to evidence professional or voluntary experience on gender equality issues
- Be willing to share case studies and highlight relevant aspects of my work
- Be willing to be an active participant and to spread the values and outcomes of the network in my home country
Please ensure that you attach:
- A recent CV or resume
- A letter of recommendation from a person knowledgeable about your professional career
SENDING YOUR APPLICATION FORM
a. Complete the application form fully
b. Attach it to ONE e-mail with the subject headed ‘[Your Name] Gender Forum Application’
c. Attach your supporting document(s)
d. Email to [email protected] by 20th February 2015
The deadline for completed application forms is 20th February 2015.
Applications will be acknowledged. You will be notified of your selection by 6 March
Contact: Leila Asrari– [email protected]
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