PARTNERSHIP: INCLUDE ME TOO AND COMMONWEALTH YOUTH COUNCIL
STRENGTHENING THE PARTICIPATION AND INCLUSION OF DISABLED YOUNG PEOPLE INTERNATIONALLY
Include Me TOO, a national (United Kingdom-based) charity, joined hands with the Commonwealth Youth Council, an international youth-led NGO, to advance mutual objectives.
Include Me TOO an award-winning charity has led to disabled children and young people, and their families, from a diverse range of backgrounds participation and inclusion for over a decade, with innovative and creative approaches. The charity is committed to promoting and supporting social justice, equality, inclusion and the rights of disabled children and young people.
The Commonwealth Youth Council (CYC), as mandated by the Commonwealth Heads of Government as the official voice of the 1.2+ billion young people of the Commonwealth, have embarked on an 18-month campaign to promote the interests of youth with disabilities. Their priority areas are the empowerment of young people with disabilities, both economically and as community leaders; recognition of the work of young PWDs; data collection about young PWDs. The CYC is supported by the Commonwealth Secretariat that recently launched the Global Youth Development Index and a clear call was made for age-disaggregated data. The CYC is going further to make a call for age, gender and disability disaggregated data so that no one feels invisible to evidence-based policy. Overall, the campaign seeks to change perceptions.
Both organisations are coming together to strengthen the participation, inclusion and rights of disabled young people internationally with Commonwealth member states. The partnership’s project titled ‘Commonwealth Include Me 2’ will also be promoting disability awareness and understanding aiming to increase the positive attitudes and acceptance as well as developing a platform for diverse representation of disabled role models. Another key area of the project is increasing the involvement of disabled young people in the planning and implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG’s) 2030’s agenda.
Over the next year there are a host of activities to expect from this partnership supporting this year’s Commonwealth theme, a ‘peace-building’ Commonwealth, Include Me TOO and Commonwealth Youth Council will be hosting
- Two Twitter chats on the 14th and 17th March 2017 at 1 PM GMT (Commonwealth week) to discuss ‘Ending violence and abuse against women and girls with disabilities’ and ‘Disability inclusion, rights, participation what matters’.
- A Roundtable discussion where are we currently in supporting disabled children and young people’s rights in the Commonwealth.
- Video campaign gathering stories of disabled young people globally their aspirations and goals.
About Commonwealth Youth Council
The Commonwealth Youth Council (CYC) is a youth-led global platform, representing more than 1.2 billion young people across 52 countries within the Commonwealth, officially making it the largest and most diverse youth-led organisation which mainstreams young people.
CYC aims to advance the youth development agenda and advocates for an enabling environment that facilitate active participation and influence of young people in decision-making processes and consequently affect global agendas.
Commonwealth Youth Council achievements:
- Commonwealth Young Achievers Book to showcase the achievement of young people across the Commonwealth
- Issued grants to support projects in four countries to promote the inclusion of young people in the decision-making processes.
- Successfully advocated for the inclusion of youth representative in all Chambers of Commerce that are members of the Commonwealth Businesswomen’s Network.
- Spearheading the only Commonwealth-wide campaign to promote the interests of youth with disabilities.
- Facilitated the participation in meetings at Commonwealth Ministers level, United Nations and regional meetings.
About Include Me TOO
Include Me TOO is charity supporting disabled children, young people and their families from diverse range of backgrounds. Include Me TOO supports and promotes social justice, equality and rights for all disabled children and young people.
Information on the charity can be found at http://www.includemetoo.org.uk
Include Me TOO are committed and determined to achieve the vision set out in the 10 standards of our National Charter Of Rights for Disabled Children & Young People which are underpinned by the United Convention on the Rights of the Child and Convention on the Rights of Disabled Persons. The charity advises on policy, disability equality, diversity, inclusion and rights, nationally and internationally. Whilst working strategically and at grassroots levels directly with families, supporting parents and carers to become Champions; support Disabled Children, Young People and their Siblings to become Ambassadors and Role Models and supporting Communities to become more involved and inclusive.
Include Me TOO achievements:
- Developed the first ever National Charter of Rights for Disabled Children and Young People. The Charter received support from many national charities, government departments, government ministers and Prime Ministers signing up as signatories and providing statements of support for the charter
- IM2 continue to champion the importance of an equal, inclusive platform to ensure ‘No one is let behind,’ the unheard voices of many disabled children, young people and their families are listened to and their participation and inclusion are supported.
- IM2 are the leading multi-award winning charity supporting Black, Asian and Minority Communities disabled children, young people and families, campaigning on disability inclusion, rights, participation and equality in the UK.
- IM2 organised and hosted the first ever National Community Inspiration Awards for Disabled Children, Young People and Families making the 25th Anniversary of the United Convention Rights of the Child.
- IM2 produced and developed a song with disabled children and young people which was sold in HMV stores.