February 2015

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CYGEN Malta: Call for applications

We are holding the Commonwealth Youth Gender and Equality Forum in Malta from 13-17 May this year. This is an opportunity for young Commonwealth citizens (aged 18-29) who are actively engaged on gender equality issues, to join others as part of a new Commonwealth Youth Gender and Equality Network. Members will work together to advocate for the Commonwealth to do more to tackle gender inequality. Read more about the programme to find out if you, or someone you know, are eligible to apply. Deadline for applications is 20th February.

CPA UK Conference

Last week the UK branch of the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association (CPA) hosted a unique conference, 'Human Rights in the Modern Day Commonwealth: Magna Carta to Commonwealth Charter'. Parliamentarians from across the Commonwealth gathered to discuss everything from human rights to parliamentary strengthening. Delegates also met with Commonwealth Scholars and had the chance to see copies of the Magna Carta. You can read more about the conference in our Commonwealth Voices blog from CPA UK's Julia Beck.

Commonwealth Day

We are thrilled to announce that Nobel Peace Laureate Kailash Satyarthi will be making an address at the 2015 Commonwealth Day Observance.

Satyarthi is an international child rights' activist and a pioneer in the fight against exploitation of children and illiteracy. He has received numerous awards for his valiant work, most recently being awarded the 2014 Nobel Peace Prize with Malala Yousafzai. We are honoured that he will be speaking about his work and experiences, linking to the 2015 theme 'A Young Commonwealth'.

HRH Duchess of Cornwall with Competition Winners

The Queen's Commonwealth Essay Competition

In 2014, the essay competition received almost 10,000 entries. This year we hope that 15,000 young writers will be inspired to take up their pens and write on the topics based on the theme 'A Young Commonwealth'.

Last November Winners and Runners-up were invited to London for a week of educational and cultural activities. Read more about in our blog  written by Selina Xu, Senior Runner-up.

The Work of the Royal Commonwealth Society

The RCS is committed to improving the lives and prospects of Commonwealth citizens everywhere through our youth and education programmes and by highlighting issues of gender equality, peace-making and sustainability throughout the Commonwealth.

As a charity, we rely on sponsorship from organisations and donations from individuals which enable us to plan our work and fund longer-term projects. Leaving a legacy is an excellent way to help ensure the valuable work of the RCS continues well into the future.

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