Born to Rights

It is always sad when you must leave certain things behind and my time with Cardiff Youth Council will be one of those things. However, my feelings are not bittersweet though, as Cardiff Youth Council is the forum that enabled me to think of a children’s rights policy that set the benchmark of how children’s rights are delivered throughout the city and beyond. In attending the three out of four training sessions hosted by Cardiff Youth Council in partnership with UNICEF between 02/11/2022 to 23/11/2022 via MS Microsoft Teams. I thought of the following idea:

“To provide a basic pack of documents such as the United Nations Convention on the Rights of a Child in English, Welsh and Easy Read formats, to a leaflet on local authority services near residents and a letter from the Children & Future Generations Commissioners, the Welsh Government Minister on Social Care and local authority leaders on the importance of children’s rights and also on the importance of holding them to account as public servants.”

This idea was in response to attending the third session of the four-part series taking place, where there was a discussion of how local authorities provide children’s rights education to parents across the City of Cardiff. To my surprise at the time, not much was being done by them to educate parents about their child’s rights and following on from that fact, I thought of that idea you see above.

On an ending note, I just want to thank Cardiff Youth Council’s staff members, as well as the participants of the group for the many years of fun and engagement, so much so, that it has enabled me to change the world around us for future generations to come.

Thank you,

Kyle Jamie Eldridge – Cardiff Youth Council Member

Stronger Fairer Greener – a renewed ambition

Stronger, Fairer, Greener Leaders Event Parkgate Hotel Westgate Street Cardiff 19th July 2022.

The new vision for Cardiff, Stronger Fairer Greener was publicly launched by the Leader of Cardiff Council, Cllr Huw Thomas, on the 19th July in the Parkgate Hotel, on Westgate Street.

Our very own Chair – Mia John and Vice Chair – Saffron Vanderkolk-Pellow hosted the event.

Stronger Fairer Greener replaces Capital Ambition, it sets out the priorities of the Leader and the members of his Cabinet to deliver:

A Stronger Cardiff: Attracting new investment and businesses into the city, boosting economic productivity, creating good-quality jobs in Cardiff’s high-value and foundational sectors, and boosting our resilience to climate change and associated environmental threats.

A Fairer Cardiff: Delivering excellent education, training, into work and social services, as well as transport connectivity, to ensure that all citizens are able to benefit from Cardiff’s growth and the new opportunities it creates.

A Greener Cardiff: Delivering a robust network of active travel and public transport, making Cardiff a ’15-minute city’, generating renewable energy and enhancing local biodiversity, ensuring that growth is sustainable and aligned with our commitment to becoming a Carbon Neutral City by 2030.

2022 CYC Chair & Vice Chair Elections

On Wednesday, July 13th 2022 Cardiff Youth Council (CYC) elections for Chair and Vice-Chair took place with 3 candidates putting themselves forward for election. All candidates delivered speeches to say why they wanted to, and should be, elected as Chair or Vice-Chair. They also took questions from members.

This year the following people stood for the positions of Chair & Vice-Chair of CYC:

  • Mikaeel Moulani
  • Zack Hellard
  • Arthur Templeman-Lilley

CYC and the the Child Friendly Cardiff (CFC) team thanks all candidates for putting themselves forward in such a courageous way, for delivering some inspiring speeches and answering all questions that CYC put forward.

Mikaeel and Zack were duly elected as Chair and Vice-Chair of CYC in the closest run election that we have seen, and has also given us our youngest ever Chair (Mikaeel, 11 years old), so a huge congratulations to all.

We would also like to take this opportunity to thank Mia John and Saffron Vanderkolk-Pellow for their time as Chair and Vice-Chair. We wish them the very best in their future endeavours, please don’t be strangers and keep in touch.

Books that Deal with Important Social Issues

Social Summer

Racial Discrimination

  1. Queering Urban Justice: Queer of Colour Formations in Toronto- Jinthana Haritaworn
  2. The Warmth of Other Suns: The Epic Story of America’s Great Migration- Isabel Wilkerson
  3. Seven Fallen Feathers: Racism, Death, and Hard Truths in a Northern City- Tanya Talaga
  4. The New Jim Crows: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colour-blindness- Michelle Alexander
  5. Policing Black Lives: State Violence in Canada from Slavery to the Present- Robyn Maynard
  6. Natives- Akala
  7. So You Wany to Talk About Race- Ijeoma Oluo
  8. Making of the Black Working Class in Britain- Ron Ramdin
  9. How to Be an Antiracist- Ibram X. Kendi
  10. Me and White Supremacy: Combat Racism, Change the World, and Become a Good Ancestor
  11. Between the World and Me- Ta-Nehisi Coates
  12. The Hate U Give- Angie Thomas
  13. White Fragility: Why It’s So Hard for White People to Talk About Racism- Robin DiAngelo
  14. Stamped: Racism, Antiracism, and You- Jason Reynolds and Ibram X. Kendi
  15. My Pen Is the Wing of a Bird: New Fiction by Afghan Women- Lyse Doucet

LGBTQ+ Discrimination

  1. Queering Urban Justuce: Queer of Colour Formations in Toronto- Jinthana Haritaworn
  2. Good As You- Pail Flynn
  3. We Are Everywhere: Protests, Power, and Pride in the History of Queer Liberation- Matthew Riemer and Leighton Brown
  4. How we Fight for Our Lives- Saeed Jones
  5. We Have Always Been Here: A Queer Muslim Memoir- Samra Habib
  6. Queer Intention- A (Personal) Journey Through LGBTG+ Culture- Amelia Abraham
  7. Trans Britain: Our Journey From The Shadows- Christine Burns
  8. The Stonewall Reader- The New York Public Library, Jason Baumann and Edmund White
  9. The Argonauts- Maggie Nelson
  10. Tomorrow Will Be Different- Sarah McBride
  11. A Quick & Easy Guide to They/Them Pronouns- Archie Bongiovanni and Tristan Jimerson
  12. The Book of Pride- Mason Funk
  13. Sister Outsider: Essays and Speeches- Audre Lorde

 Gender Discrimination

  1. Invisible Women: Exposing the Gender Bias Women Face Every Day- Caroline Criado-Perez
  2. Men Who Hate Women- Laura Bates
  3. Women, Race and Class- Angela Davis
  4. The Authority Gap- Mary Ann Sieghart
  5. Men Explain Things to Me- Rebecca Solnit
  6. The Cost of Sexism- Linda Scott
  7. Enough: The Violence Against Women and How to End It- Harriet Johnson
  8. Hood Feminism: Notes From the Women White Feminists Forgot- Mikki Kendall
  9. Everyday Sexism- Laura Bates
  10. The Guilty Feminist- Deborah Frances-White
  11. The Vindication of the Rights of Woman- Mary Wollstonecraft
  12. A Room of One’s Own- Virginia Woolf
  13. Feminism is for Everybody- Bell Hooks
  14. Sister Outsider: Essays and Speeches- Audre Lorde
  15. This Bridge Called My Back, Fourth Edition- Cherríe Moraga
  16. We Should All Be Feminists- Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
  17. Bad Feminist- Roxane Gay
  18. Girl Up- Laura Bates
  19. Women and Power- Professor Mary Beard
  20. Motherhood: Feminism’s Unfinished Business- Eliane Glaser

The Environment and Climate Change

  1. How to Give Up Plastic- Will McCallum
  2. Storming the Wall-Todd Miller
  3. Small is Beautiful- Ernst T Schumacher
  4. All We Can Save- Ayana Elizabeth Johnson and Katherine K Wilkinson
  5. The Unhabitable Earth: Life After Warming- David Wallace-Wells
  6. Braiding Sweetgrass: Indigenous Wisdom, Scientific Knowledge, and the Teachings of Plants- Robin Wall Kimmerer
  7. Net Zero: How We Can Stop Climate Change- Dieter Helm
  8. The Future We Choose- Christiana Figueres and Tom Rivett-Carnac
  9. Living Planet- Sir David Attenborough
  10. No One is Too Small to Make a Difference- Greta Thunberg
  11. The Sixth Extinction- Elizabeth Kolbert
  12. There is No Planet B- Mike Berners-Lee
  13. The Sustainable(ish) Living Guide- Jen Gale
  14. What We Need to do Now: for a Zero Carbon Future- Chris Goodall

MYP Election

On Wednesday 6th April, 3 members of Cardiff Youth Council (CYC) stood for the position of Member of the UK Youth Parliament (MYP). All candidates delivered a speech on why they should be elected. They also took questions from other youth council members on what their priorities would be (for their campaign), ways that they will take others views into consideration and how they will engage with seldom heard groups (including those who are not CYC members).

This year the following people stood for the position:

  • Zack Hellard
  • Shifa Shahzad
  • Qahira Shah

CYC and the Child Friendly Cardiff (CFC) congratulate all the candidates for putting themselves forward in such an inspiring and brave way, delivering some great speeches and for answering all questions that CYC members had for them.

Zack Hellard & Shifa Shahzad have been duly elected as the new Members of the UK Youth Parliament for Cardiff for the next 2 years.

Below are statements each new MYP –

Zack: After 4 years of listening and learning from the young people of Cardiff I have been given the fantastic opportunity and trust to represent them, their issues and their needs as one of Cardiff’s newest Members of the UK Youth Parliament. Now is the time for action; with honest and hard work, along with the cooperation and support of the young people of Cardiff, I intend to make a difference- to ensure that every voice across Cardiff is heard and taken into account. 

Shifa: I wanted to become an MYP so that I could make meaningful change, not only in my own community but across the nation. Having achieved the role, now I can see that I will be able to do just that, and much more. The number of opportunities and support that has already been given is mind-blowing, and I’m so glad to be a part of this new community. I’m excited to serve my constituency and look forward to seeing what comes next!

We would like to thank Victor Ciunca for their work over the last few years as an MYP.

Universal Children’s Day

World Children’s Day started way back in 1954 as “Universal Children’s Day” and is celebrated on 20 November each year to promote international togetherness, awareness among children worldwide, and improving children’s welfare.

Since 1990, World Children’s Day also marks the anniversary of the date that the UN General Assembly adopted both the Declaration and the Convention on children’s rights. We use this day to celebrate the development of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child and improving the lives of young people right across the world.

Cardiff Youth Council want to make you more aware of the impact and significance of these days and how the UNCRC has improved the lives of children and young people across the world.

The World is not perfect…but the welfare for young people right across the world has improved. The amount of young people feeling safe has improved. The amount of provision and access to youth services has improved. Most importantly “Children and young people have a voice and a choice in decisions that affect them” – (Article 12 UNCRC).

There is still more that can be done. There are always ways to improve and reach more young people improving their lives and providing more opportunities. Today we celebrate all our achievements and the developments towards a brighter future for all children and young people and we ask you to take one small step in reaching that goal. Lets all raise awareness of Universal Children’s Day.

Kyle: Cardiff Youth Council Member

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Welsh Youth Parliament Elections

The Welsh Youth Parliament supports the voice of young people in Wales, on the issues you care about, at a national level.

If you’re 11 and up to 18 years old, and go to school or college in Wales, then register to vote today – so you can decide who represents you in the Welsh Youth Parliament.

60 young people aged 11 – 18 will become Welsh Youth Parliament Members. You’ll elect 40 of them by voting in the election in November 2021. You can discover all the candidates and vote for the candidate you want to represent you via the Welsh Youth Parliament Website. To be able to vote in the Welsh Youth Parliament elections you’ll have to register first.

Registration is online and takes less than 5 minutes.

You have until 5pm on 12 November 2021 to register. Don’t miss out

USING YOUR VOTE

From the 18 October 2021 you’ll be able to see all the candidates who are standing to be a Welsh Youth Parliament Member where you live.

You’ll be able to read their bio and decide which one you think represents how you think and feel about the issues you care about. Vote for who you want to represent you in the Welsh Youth Parliament.

If you have registered to vote by 29 October you’ll receive an email on 1 November with instructions on how to vote.

If you register between 29 October – 12 November you’ll receive your email instructions on 15 November.

You can vote online anytime between 1 November 2021 and 22 November 2021.

Be part of your future and register to vote: Nominations (mi-nomination.com)

Find your Candidates here: Candidates (senedd.wales)