Cervical Cancer Elimination Discussed At CHOGM Youth Forum

Hundreds of Youth are yet again meeting at Intare Conference Arena for the second working day of their on-going CHOGM Youth forum in the Rwandan capital, Kigali. The youth forum concludes Tuesday.

Rosemary Mbabazi, Rwanda’s Youth and Culture Minister this morning officiated at the day-2 opening of the forum deliberations under the theme “Taking charge of our future”.

“We all know what is happening in the world, we see the numbers, we watch the news, we get the statistics but what is beautiful about this forum is it brings us all together,” said Shomy Chowdhury from the Commonwealth Students’ Association.

According to the schedule at the CHOGM Youth Forum delegates are discussing; championing innovation, there will also be launching a Youth-led HPV Awareness and Cervical Cancer Elimination. Other discussions will dwell on Co-creation and strategic partnerships and skills for the 21st century jobs among other key issues

Also attending the forum discussions is Layne Robinson that leads the Commonwealth’s work on social policy with particular focus on youth, education, health and gender policy.

“The Commonwealth is saying we need to take this on now because too many of our young girls and too many of our woman are being touched by this very terrible Cervical cancer,” Layne Robinson told delegates.

Proffessor Marion Saville Executive Director at the Australian Centre for the Prevention of Cervical Cancer has also told the Youth Forum; “We lose a woman in the Commonwealth every 3 minutes. That has huge financial and social consequences for her family and her community. I call on young people to demand access to the vaccines.”

“Let us fight for the positive future we want.  If we don’t take action today, we won’t have a sustainable future Tomorrow-Kim Allen, Chairperson of Commonwealth Youth Council.

The Commonwealth Youth Forum (CYF 2022) is held in parallel with the biennial Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM).

This forum is aimed at providing an opportunity for young people of the Commonwealth to build cross-cultural connections and networks, deliberate on youth-led initiatives addressing emerging issues impacting young people, strategise on perspectives to influence decision makers and ensure young people have a voice and agency in its future.

The CYF will reinforce young people’s involvement across the Commonwealth in devising solutions to complex global challenges as well as providing intergenerational spaces to enhance their ability to bring forward meaningful recommendations to the Heads of Government meeting.

There are over 1.2 billion young people from all across the Commonwealth- thus the forum advocates on their behalf on issues such as climate change, employment, access to education, universal health coverage and gender equality.

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