Today marks the International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia. It is a chance to celebrate sexual and gender diversity, but also an opportunity to raise awareness about the violation of LGBT rights across the globe.
Prime Minister Theresa May called a snap general election to take place on 8th of June, since then 930,000 people have applied to register to vote. Of these, more than 390,000 were aged under 25 - 42% of the total. On the day the election was called 57,987 people under 25 registered to vote - more than any other age group. Young people from BAME groups are often isolated from mainstream politics and feel like nothing will change whoever they vote for. Who can we rely on to keep our best interests at heart?
Maryada Ganeshgarhia, Youth Projects & Communications Intern -
I was thrilled to see the takeover of the IARS blogs last week by the IARS interns, so apt for European Youth Week. I was also impressed to read about Jemma Skelding a 12 year old, profoundly deaf Falkirk school girl who addressed the Scottish Parliament using sign language [BBC]. The elections have come to the interest of my 12 year old daughter too, she has an opinion that the voting age should be lowered as she feels had she and her classmates had the chance to vote in the referendum the outcome would be different.
The IARS International Institute would like to take this opportunity to wish our extended network a happy Europe Day 2017! A special mention must be made in particular to all our European project partners, all of whom work hard to collaborate on projects underpinned by the civic values and founding principles of Europe. If you would like to find out more about our European projects you can find out more here.