A few minutes ago, the Maltese Parliament voted in favour of the third reading of the Gender-Based Violence and Domestic Violence Bill, which includes an amendment to the legal age of sexual consent. KNZ has been on the forefront of the civil society movement in favour of this move, bringing Malta in line with the majority of EU Member States. In 2015, KNZ had issued a policy paper with a number of recommendations on this subject matter and we are satisfied that this amendment is finally taking place. KNZ encourages the Government to carry out a holistic sexual health educational campaign to empower youths with the necessary knowledge in this extremely important field and ensure the effective access to health services in this regard. This should also include an expert taskforce of educators in secondary schools, incorporating formal and non-formal education and committing to the investment in higher quality sexual health clinics, facilitating free-self testing and the improvement in the accessibility and the education use of contraceptives amongst youths. Additionally, the relevant authorities should also make sure that Gozo is equipped with a sexual health clinic, especially due to the absence of a Gozitan health clinic.

Dalgħodu giet varata l-edizzjoni ta' din is-sena li hi miftuħa għaż-żgħażagħ kollha li jgħixu f'Malta u Għawdex bejn l-etajiet ta' 13-il sena sa 35 sena. Iż-żgħażagħ huma maqsuma f'żewġ gruppi. Dawk ta' bejn t-13 u t-18-il sena jistgħu jagħżlu waħda minn dawn it-temi segwenti:

- il-Midja u l-Ġurnaliżmu f'Malta
- l-Istrateġija għall-Iżvilupp tal-Bini f'Malta
- Vot 16: Edukazzjoni Ċivika.

Dawk ta' 'l fuq minn 19-il sena jistgħu jagħżlu bejn dawn it-temi

- Is-Saħħa Mentali f'Malta
- Ir-Riforma tal-Ligi tal-Prostituzzjoni
- il-Legaliżazzjoni tal-Marijuana

Dawk kollha interessati huma mistiedna jidħlu fuq is-sit tal-Kunsill minn fejn jistgħu jimlew l-applikazzjoni biex b'hekk jieħdu sehem fl-edizzjoni ta' din is-sena.

La darba jingħalqu l-applikazzjonijiet, se jkun hemm diversi attivatijiet b'xejn biex iħejju l-parteċipanti għal din l-esperjenza unika fejn huma jkunu jistgħu jagħmlu abbozz relatat mat-tema magħżula minnhom li wara jiddibattuh il-Parlament.

Il-Parlament Nazzjonali taż-Żgħażagħ ilu jsir għal dawn l-aħħar snin u dejjem attratta diversi żgħażagħ. Il-Parlament joffri esperjenza unika għal dawk kollha li jixtiequ jaraw u jkunu parteċipi fi preparazzjoni ta' mozzjoni li iktar 'il quddiem wara li ssir is-seduta tiġi preżentata lill-President ta' Repubblika, il-Prim Ministru, u l-Kap tal-Oppożizzjoni.

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The National Youth Council (KNŻ) in collaboration with the European Youth Forum has submitted a report as part of the Universal Periodic Review held by the UN's Human Rights Council on Malta.

The Universal Periodic Review is a a process which involves the periodic review of the human rights records of the United Nations' Member States.

The National Youth Council along with the European Youth Forum have put forward recommendations on primarily three topics; sexual health, mental health and accessibility to rights.

The Council has recommended that with regards to sexual health, there should be a standardised, holistic national policy on sexual education which is both formal and non-formal. The Council has also recommended more investment in sexual health clinics and services as well as facilitating free self-testing.

With regards to Mental Health, the Council has recommended that the mental health services should be integrated in the mainstream hospitals so as to avoid isolation and tackle the issue in a holistic manner. A call for standardised guidelines concerning primary, secondary and tertiary education was made. As well as a call for further awareness on the provision of services in all levels with the educational system.

With regards to the accessibility to rights; the Council and Youth Forum have recommended that an independent human rights institution is established as well as the establishment of a Commission on Youth Rights within the Ombudsman Office is taken into consideration. Finally the Council and European Youth Forum have recommended that the rule of law and good governance are ensured in order to better protect and promote human rights and freedoms.

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Looking after your health is key in today's stressful world. The National Youth Council is committed towards a holistic approach towards sexual education with ways and means to enrich sexual health. If you are interested in joining the sexual health committee within KNZ email us on: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. by the 2nd of February 2018

A few minutes ago, the Maltese Parliament has approved a constitutional amendment which lowers the voting age in General Elections and European Parliament Elections to the age of 16. KNZ expresses its satisfaction and thanks all stakeholders who worked hand in hand to make this a reality. This move is surely a step in the right direction and KNZ believes that Malta should now increase it focus on a number of other issues in relation to youths’ rights.

Primarily, KNZ emphasises the need for both formal and informal methods of education to increase knowledge-based civic education. These methods would increase vote 16’s effectiveness and recognition amongst the Maltese population in general. KNZ encourages the relevant authorities to take bold steps to make sure that tomorrow’s voters are empowered to take their decisions in a responsible manner.

In connection to this issue, KNZ also draws attention to a number of anomalies in Maltese law, namely the current sexual age of consent at the age of 18 and the current state of Maltese law, whereby youths are encouraged to become active citizens and involve themselves in voluntary organisation, whilst prohibiting voluntary organisations from registration if they allow the involvement of youths under the age of 18.

 

Stqarrija Stampa 24.01.2018

Il-Kunsill Nazzjonali taż-Żgħażagħ iħeġġeġ lill-partijiet kollha involuta fid-diżgwit industrijali li hemm għaddej bħalissa fl-MCAST biex jirritornaw għall-mejda tan-negozjati biex b’hekk jintlaħaq ftehim.

Il-Kunsill iħeġġeġ lill-partijiet involuta jżommu lill-istudenti informati bl-iżviluppi permezz tal-għaqdiet studenteski u l-imejls tagħhom.

L-amministrazzjoni tal-MCAST għandha taċċerta li l-istudenti ma jiġux milqutha b'mod negattiv minħabba din it-tilwima industrijali.

Il-Kunsill jispera li tintlaħaq soluzzjoni tajba għal kulhadd.

 

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Press Release 24.01.2018

The National Youth Council of Malta urges all parties involved in the current industrial dispute in MCAST to return to the negotiating tables so as to reach an agreement.

The Council calls on the involved parties to keep the students informed on the ongoing situation through their MCAST emails and relevant student organisations.

The MCAST administration should make sure that the students are not negatively affected by the dispute.

The Council hopes that a reasonable solution is reached which benefits everyone.

 

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