By Eman Borg (He/Him), Coordinator, Commonwealth Youth Gender & Equality Network.
In 2023, the Commonwealth Youth Gender and Equality Network (CYGEN) marked a pivotal moment in its journey with the appointment of a new coordinator. Despite this change in leadership, CYGEN remains steadfast in its commitment to its core values and principles, ensuring a seamless transition that underscores the organisation’s dedication to youth empowerment, gender equality, and social justice.
One of the key highlights of the CYGEN’s impactful year and of the newly appointed Coordinator is its active participation in the Commonwealth Youth Ministerial Meeting, held in London. This engagement provided a platform for CYGEN to advocate for policies that address the unique challenges faced by young people, particularly in the realm of gender equality. CYGEN’s lobbying in such high-level discussion addresses the intersectionality of young people and appreciates, recognises and amplifies the different identities that intersect with youth and gender. The dedication that CYGEN holds is rooted in the recognition of the vital intersection of youth and gender, a need and gap identified since its formulation in 2015.
To enhance public engagement and facilitate a broader exchange of ideas, CYGEN launched the CYGEN Knowledge Hub. This online resources platform serves as a dynamic space where the public can access valuable information, resources, and insights related to youth, gender equality, and social issues. By providing a centralised hub for knowledge-sharing, CYGEN will continue to create a community-driven dialogue that fosters collaboration and awareness.
Looking ahead to 2024, CYGEN has ambitious plans to further strengthen its engagement with members, and amplify its impact on the global stage. The organisation is gearing up to launch its strategic plan for 2024-2028, renew advocacy initiatives known as ‘Reform’, actively participate in the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM), and continue to leverage opportunities to advocate for youth-centric policies and promote gender equality as a cornerstone of sustainable development.
In conclusion, 2023 has been a year of growth, engagement and advocacy for CYGEN. Our unwavering commitment to advancing the rights and well-being of young people across the Commonwealth is motivation enough to remain at the forefront of positive change, ready to champion the cause of youth empowerment and gender equality on the global stage.
The views and opinions expressed are those of the author and do not necessarily represent those of the Royal Commonwealth Society.