The COVID-19 crisis has made all of us more reliant on digital tools for connection and communication. In response to the COVID-19 crisis, political activism of young citizens around the Commonwealth has been emboldened. In contending with physical distancing rules, young people and youth-led movements have embraced digital technologies to campaign and raise awareness. From climate change activism to advocating for racial justice, youth activists are continuing to fight inequalities online.
In a recent poll, four out of five (79%) young people say “the coronavirus pandemic has helped them realise how much political leaders' decisions impact their lives”; three in five say “they are part of a movement that will vote to express its views”. These statistics emphasise the power that Parliaments and their members have to improve the representation of their constituents by engaging with young people. This session will explore the actions of young political activists and organisations, as well as the role of parliaments in engaging with these stakeholders to improve how they legislate on issues affecting their growing young populations.