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25th April 2022, 15:55

​The Gibraltar Commonwealth Youth Association calls for youth participation in politics.

The Gibraltar Commonwealth Youth Association calls for youth participation in politics.

It states political systems need to be representative, adding that when young people are disenfranchised or disengaged from political processes, a significant portion of the population has little to no voice, or influence in decisions that affect group members’ lives.

Calling the youth a creative and dynamic source for innovative change, the Association says youth participation in politics is on the rise but still has a long way to go. The GCYA feels active and meaningful participation by young people in society is of crucial importance and calls on the youth to make use of the platforms and organisations the Commonwealth provides.

Although young people account for 60% of the Commonwealth’s population, parliamentarians and legislatures in the Commonwealth have an average age of 50.

The association feels that in order to respond to the needs of young people, and to guarantee their voices are being heard and recognised, young people’s active and meaningful participation in their societies and in political practices and processes is of crucial importance. It believes the youth help to promote civic action and that having a strong youth participation in politics helps to bridge the gap between generations and cultivate a unified society.

The Commonwealth, through its various forums and organisations, helps to provide the youth with a platform and aid them to develop skills which they can then apply in their own societies.

Anyone who would like to get involved can contact the Association on GCYAHQ@gmail.com