News from KNŻ

External Relations

Aġenzija Żgħażagħ: cHOOSEDAYS

DATE PUBLISHED: 13/04/2021

This week, KNŻ was invited to go on a programme organised by Aġenzija Żgħażagħ, titled ChooseDays. On this programme, Kristina, Jacob and Gianluca discussed their role whitin KNŻ, as well as the plans of the Council for the coming 2 years. The members also had the opportunity of describing the different projects which were organised over the past year, despite the pandemic. KNŻ would like to thank Aġenzija Żgħażagħ for the invitation and opportunity to promote KNŻ’s work.

Click to watch the programme 

External Relations

discussion with pn

DATE PUBLISHED: 13/04/2021

A discussion was held with PN Leader Hon. Bernard Grech, as well as Presidents of MZPN and Team Start, on the Council’s plans in the upcoming term, particularly with regard to gender quotas, party-owned media stations and legalization of cannabis.

External Relations

discussion with mep HON. Josianne cutajar

DATE PUBLISHED: 07/04/2021

Last week the Council held a discussion with MEP Hon. Josianne Cutajar on the Council’s plans in the upcoming term, particularly with regard to international opportunities.

External Relations

POPOLIN INTERVIEW

DATE PUBLISHED: 22/03/2021

Following months of public consultation, the National Youth Policy 2021 – 2030 has been launched on the 18th of March. Having participated in the drafting and consultation stages together with Aġenzija Żgħażagħ and the Parliamentary Secretariat for Youth, Sport and Voluntary Organisations, the Council looks forward to further collaboration to ensure the betterment of policy and legislation for youths in Malta.

External Relations

DISCUSSION: THE ROLE OF YOUTH IN ANTI-RACISM

DATE PUBLISHED: 21/03/2021

On International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination (21st March 2021) our Advocacy Officer, Jacob Callus, took part in a discussion hosted by BLM Malta X Integra X AMAM on the role of youth in anti-racism.

Click to watch the programme

National

launch of national youth policy 2021-2030

DATE PUBLISHED: 18/03/2021

Following months of public consultation, the National Youth Policy 2021 – 2030 has been launched on the 18th of March. Having participated in the drafting and consultation stages together with Aġenzija Żgħażagħ and the Parliamentary Secretariat for Youth, Sport and Voluntary Organisations, the Council looks forward to further collaboration to ensure the betterment of policy and legislation for youths in Malta.

Announcements

ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING 2021

DATE PUBLISHED: 13/03/2021

On the 13th of March 2021, KNŻ held its Annual General Meeting during which both the work of the Council for the past year and the financial report were approved. The Board of Control received 15 nominations for the Executive Committee 2021/23, and therefore an election was held wherein a total of 29 Member Organisations were eligible to vote.

This AGM followed an EGM held on the 27th of February 2021 where several structural changes to the Council were approved. These changes streamlined the competences of the Executive Committee so as to work congruently with the newly created organ of the Directorates, an organ aimed at facilitating further technocratic competences in the Council.

The new Executive Committee also thanked the previous administration for its hard work and dedication throughout the last two years, where it persevered in ensuring representation throughout the midst of a global pandemic.

The Council looks forward to furthering work on pertinent youth issues, utilising all the new structures put in place.

International

Commonwealth info session

DATE PUBLISHED: 06/03/2021

As this Monday we celebrate Commonwealth day, Maltese Youths unite in centre stage to recommend global solutions for 1.2 billion youths across 54 different countries.

A number of recommendations on pertinent topics interlink with the themes to be discussed at the Commonwealth Youth Forum as part of CHOGM such as Climate Change, Sustainable Urbanisation, Youth Development & Youth Leadership.
It ensures that all Commonwealth Youths have an equal opportunity and space towards a future that respects their wishes and aspirations.

You can read the Declaration presented by the Maltese Commonwealth Youth tasks Force here

External Relations

Diskussjoni Pubblika: Soċjetà Ugwali, Soċjetà Sħiħa

DATE PUBLISHED: 04/03/2021

President Chiara Vassallo was invited to a discussion hosted by SEM – Servizzi Ewropej f’Malta on the importance of focusing on intersectionality when discussing gender equality from a youth perspective.

Click to watch the online discussion.

Youth Services

Inclusive spaces toolkit

DATE PUBLISHED: 13/01/2021

Consider inclusivity for every event/campaign/workshop that you will plan, irrespective of the topic.

This toolkit will guide you on how to set up inclusive spaces and make sure that everyone’s needs are considered. If there are specific issues that you deal with as an organisation, feel free to reach out to us so we can discuss it further.

Read the document here: https://bit.ly/35BiCyZ

 

Announcements

Gender quota bill

DATE PUBLISHED: 11/01/2021

KNŻ’s reaction to the second reading of the gender quota bill tonight in Parliament.

KNŻ realises the importance of having more women in parliament and does not debate that. Nevertheless, while understanding that gender quotas may serve as a scaffolding structure to ensure that women are justly represented in parliament, KNŻ strongly believes that gender quotas will not be enough to overcome institutionalised discrimination that prevent a representative parliament. Such is also in consideration of the fact that a proposal focusing on a binary system undermines the improvement in previous laws to recognise other genders.

Women elected to parliament through quotas would undermine genuine efforts to ensure representation by facilitating the perception that female politicians are in need of help to get elected, more so than their male counterparts, thus allowing for untrue and damaging rhetoric on gender inequality to pervade Maltese thought. Local female political talent has made waves in European institutions, proving that such politicians are not in need of mechanisms which, while potentially helpful in increasing statistical representation in the short term, will damage the credibility of those elected in the long term.

Getting a seat through quotas will by default be a principal argument/attack by the media and the public towards the women in question, risking that women will be discouraged from contesting due to the lack of merit associated with the role or causing excess pressure on those who contest to prove they are deserving of their position. It must be noted that ‘Positive discrimination’ is still discrimination.

While giving a seat to women on the premise of their gender may diminish the gap in numbers, this will not do much to change the mentality of the voter and encourage them to focus on competence of candidates when casting the vote, rather than their gender. Efforts to increase diverse representation in Parliament should focus on encouraging more people to contest elections and improving civic education on how voters should select their preferred candidates.

Youth Services

inspire empower

DATE PUBLISHED: 28/12/2020

If you are targeted by hate speech, cyberbullying or cybercrime on social media platforms or any other online spaces, reach out to the below contacts for assistance. All services are available for free.

PS: If you notice that a friend is being subjected to harm online, offer support and hear them out.

Stop Hate Malta: A public service offering support to victims of hate crime and hate speech through the provision of free therapeutic and legal services

Appoġġ: Appoġġ offers support on all matters relating to online safety and any difficult situations such as cyberbullying, cyberstalking or harassment online.

Kellimni.com

Cybercrime Unit: This specialised section of the Malta Police Force handles more serious matters relating to online crime.

Interesting films relating to social media and its effects: The Social Dilemma, The Social Network, The Great Hack

Willingness Team

Youth Services

sOCIAL MEDIA: SEEKING SOME QUIET PODCAST

DATE PUBLISHED: 21/12/2020

Does it happen that sometimes, by the end of the day, you realise you’ve spent so much time on social media when you could have been doing something else?
Listen to our podcast on Spotify to hear what experts and youth activists have to say ➡

Social Media: Seeking Some Quiet | Podcast on Spotify

Youth Services

sOCIAL MEDIA: SEEKING SOME QUIET PODCAST

DATE PUBLISHED: 21/12/2020

Creating healthy social media habits is very important for our mental health. Tune in to listen to what two experts Nicola Falzon – Dating 101 and Counsellor Matthew Bartolo – Sex and Relationships from Willingness Team have to say. They will be interviewed by our very own Commissioner for Youth Services Celine Talbot and National Officer Kristina Filletti, as part of our Inspire Empower Campaign.

Watch the discussion here. 

External Relations

Laqgħa mal-Ministru Julia Farrugia Portelli u Segretarju Parlamentari Clifton Grima

DATE PUBLISHED: 03/12/2020

Laqgħa mal-Ministru Julia Farrugia Portelli u Segretarju Parlamentari Clifton Grima fil-karigi ġodda tagħhom, kif ukoll mal-Aġenzija Żgħażagħ biex dejjem nassiguraw li nkomplu naħdmu flimkien biex iż- żgħażagħ jinżammu prijorità.

Ara id-diskussjoni hawn.

Youth Services

Enrolment & compliance vo toolkit

DATE PUBLISHED: 01/12/2020

Enroling as a Voluntary Organisation and renewing the status on an annual basis entitles you to a number of privileges, including funding opportunities. 📢

Following legislative amendments, the process has been updated. Keep this toolkit handy to guide you through the process. 📋📒

Get the toolkit ➡️ https://bit.ly/2JzKScZ

External Relations

Beyond the Allocation to Malta: What is the EU Budget and how does it impact the Maltese?

DATE PUBLISHED: 30/11/2020

President Chiara Vassallo will be on European Parliament in Malta / Il-Parlament Ewropew f’Malta ‘s panel discussing “Beyond the Allocation to Malta: What is the EU Budget and how does it impact the Maltese?”.

Watch the discussion here.

 

Announcements

Stqarrija mill-kunsill

DATE PUBLISHED: 24/11/2020

Aktar kmieni llum, il-Kunsill Nazzjonali taż-Żgħażagħ bagħat ittra lil Prim Ministru, Segretarju Parlamentari għall-Isport, Rikreazzjoni u Organizzazzjonijiet Volontarji fi ħdan il-Ministru għall-Inkluzjoni u l-Kwalità tal-Ħajja kif ukoll lil Ministru ta dan l-stess Ministeru.

Oppost għal dak li ġie ċċirkolat f’diversi stqarrijiet, il-KNŻ fl-ebda punt ma akkuża lill-Gvern li nesa ż-żgħażagħ, iżda talab li jigi iċċarat x’se jigri mis-settur taż-żgħażagħ u jerġa’ jiġi nkluż fin-nomenklatura tal-Ministeri godda li gew iffurmati permezz tar-Reshuffle tal-Gvern.

Wara li ntbagħtet l-ittra, il-Kunsill ġie mistieden jiltaqa’ mas-Segretarju Parlamentari għall-Isport, Rikreazzjoni u Organizzazzjonijiet Volontarji biex jiddiskuti din il-kwistjoni. Aħna nħarsu ‘l quddiem biex inkomplu naħdmu bla xkiel mas-Segretarjat kif għamilna kontinwament fil-passat.

Aqra hawn -> https://bit.ly/3o5CqS7 

International

Maltese United Nations Youth Delegate

DATE PUBLISHED: 24/11/2020

The National Youth Council of Mata has announced the first ever Maltese United Nations Youth Delegate🇲🇹🇺🇳

After years of lobbying for this role, KNŻ is proudly partnering up with Affarijiet Barranin, the Permanent Mission of Malta to the United Nations New York and Malta Model United Nations Society to establish this exciting programme🌎

The deadline for applications is 30th November 2020.

Further information can be found here. 

International

The Post U.S. Election Q&A with Dr. Jefferson-Jenkins

DATE PUBLISHED: 05/11/2020

Interested in politics? Who will win the U.S. presidential race? What does it mean for the United States and the global civil rights movement? What impact did young people have on the election? What are the similarities between Maltese and U.S. politics?

Two days after the much anticipated U.S. election, KNŻ Malta is partnering up with the U.S. Embassy Valletta, Malta and Malta United Nations Society, to discuss all these questions in a virtual Q&A with the esteemed advocate and activist for civil rights, social justice, educational excellence, and stronger citizen participation, Dr. Jefferson-Jenkins.

Dr. Jefferson-Jenkins will first deliver a short presentation on the U.S. elections mainly focusing on her area of expertise which includes: women in politics, civil rights, social justice, citizen participation, youth participation, politics with a two-party system, and campaign funds.

Several organisations will then follow up with questions on their own in a guaranteed lively discussion.

Watch the Q&A session here. 

Announcements

Youth say: cultivating the next generation of community leaders

DATE PUBLISHED: 30/09/2020

Do you want to learn more about how you can contribute to your local community? Are you interested in becoming a Local Councillor? Are you interested in learning about campaigning and the work that goes on in a local council? 

Then join this initiative now by filling in this form.

Advocacy

launch of the Public Consultation of the National Youth Policy 2021 - 2030

DATE PUBLISHED: 18/09/2020

The Council’s Advocacy Officer Liam Axisa present at the launch of the Public Consultation of the National Youth Policy 2021 – 2030 following KNŻ’s input in its drafting.

Advocacy
DATE PUBLISHED: 11/09/2020
🇬🇧 Every year, KNŻ formulates a number of youth-focused pre-budget proposals to be sent to the Maltese Government as it undergoes its pre-budget stage for the Autumn budget. This year was no exception, as for the past few weeks the Advocacy office has been deliberating with with our Member Organisations and collecting proposals from youths throughout Malta and Gozo. The Council has compiled a number of pre-budget proposals which was sent to the Finance Minister Hon Edward Scicluna earlier today.
Read the compiled document here: https://bit.ly/3ixnsla
 
🇲🇹 Kull sena, il-KNŻ jifformula numru ta’ proposti ffokati fuq iż-żgħażagħ għall-proċess tal-pre-baġit, sabiex jintbagħtu lill-Gvern Malti. Dawn imbagħad jiġu kkunsidrati flimkien ma’ proposti oħra ta’ bi tħejjija għall-baġit tas-sena li jmiss. Din is-sena mhix eċċezzjoni, għax għall-aħħar ġimgħat l-uffiċċju tal-‘Advocacy’ kien qed jiddelibera mal-Organizzazzjonijiet Membri tagħna u jiġbor proposti minn żgħażagħ madwar Malta u Għawdex. Il-Kunsill ġabar numru ta’ proposti ta’ qabel il-baġit li ntbagħtu lill-Ministru tal-Finanzi l-Onor Edward Scicluna aktar kmieni llum.
Aqra d-dokument hawn: https://bit.ly/3ixnsla
International Office

Meeting with Evarist Bartolo Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade promotion

DATE PUBLISHED: 11/09/2020

Last week, the National Youth Council of Malta held a meeting with Evarist Bartolo Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade promotion. Nigel Caruana, KNŻ international officer, Eman Borg, Maltese Commonwealth Youth Ambassador and Vladyslava Kravchenko, representative for the Commonwealth Malta Working Group presented Hon Bartolo a series of proposals and ideas to engage Maltese youths within Commonwealth structures. Hon. Bartolo mentioned the important role that Malta is playing between Europe and Africa and how the Commonwealth can be yet another branch to support these bilateral relations.

We look forward to working closely with Hon Bartolo and the Ministry.

Announcements

Youth essay

DATE PUBLISHED: 10/09/2020


The SME Week Youth Essay Competition 2020 is launched! 🏆

The SME Week Youth Essay Competition is an annual competition for youth to express their opinion on an entrepreneurial topic and an opportunity for youth to share their ideas with key policy and decision makers.

Announcements

Youth4Entrepreneursip- Gozo

DATE PUBLISHED: 10/09/2020

Attention Young Entrepreneurs! Do you wish to share business ideas related to Gozo? Do you want the chance to take home €500 for presenting your ideas?

Agenzija Żgħażagħ is collaborating with The Gozo Business Chamber for this year’s edition of the ‘Youth 4 Entrepreneurship Gozo Award’!

The overall goal is to instill confidence in young people enabling them to reach their full potential, direct attention to the economic potential and challenges facing the island of Gozo, whilst encouraging young people to adopt an innovative approach to develop their business ideas based on Gozo’s needs and potential.

This year’s contest will focus specifically on the area of sustainability.

Ages: 16 – 30
Deadline for Applications: Friday 16th October 2020

Announcements

Survey: Young people and COVID-19

DATE PUBLISHED: 10/09/2020

Aġenzija Żgħażagħ wants to know how the COVID-19 pandemic influenced and changed lives of young people with disabilities so far. Are you between the ages of 13 and 30? Please fill in this anonymous survey and if you’d like your story to be used, you can leave your contact details in. The results of the survey will be included in our report to make sure that young people with disabilities are included in current and future COVID-19 response measures. Take the survey here.

Announcements

Make Your Voice Heard!

DATE PUBLISHED: 28/08/2020

Make your voice heard in our monthly newsletter and website. Send your opinion piece to info@knz.org.mt and we will share your articles with our subscribers.

Youth Services

Budget 2021

DATE PUBLISHED: 28/08/2020

Every year, the National Youth Council formulates a list of pre-budget proposals to send to the Government on behalf of Maltese and Gozitan youths. Send us your concerns and opinions through this form be included in our recommendations to the Government!

Youth Services

Tool4Teen

DATE PUBLISHED: 28/08/2020

Willingness Team is currently hosting a Focus Group for their international project Tool4Teen – Developing an Innovative Tool in Youth Work for Teen Parents with various stakeholders in youth work in Malta. KNŻ joined part of this focus group which is being held in 4 other European countries, with the goal of addressing the needs of youth, specifically targeting teen parents.

Announcments

Blood Donation Needed!

DATE PUBLISHED: 28/08/2020

The National Blood Transfusion Service – Malta is encouraging those persons who are healthy to keep on donating blood as hospital patients are still relying on your lifesaving donations.

You can donate every day including Sundays and Public Holidays from 8.00 am – 6.00 pm near St. Luke’s Hospital.

For information on restrictions click here

International Office

We Stand with the people of Belarus

DATE PUBLISHED: 28/08/2020

Along with the European Youth Forum, KNŻ stands with the people of Belarus fighting for democracy and human rights, and we support the Belarusian National Youth Council – RADA, who are actively involved in the protests and have been providing crucial updates from young activists. A letter was sent from KNŻ to the Foreign Affairs Minister Evarist Bartolo regarding the informal meeting of EU Foreign Affairs which will be a key opportunity for EU Member States not only to express solidarity with the people of Belarus, but also to take a strong stance on the ongoing political crisis. Read the letter sent here.

Policy and Youth Rights

Youth & AI: Future of work and skills

DATE PUBLISHED: 28/08/2020

On the 17th of August, KNŻ held the first online workshop of a series of five for its new policy paper on Artificial Intelligence. The workshop focused on the effects of AI on the future of employment and skills from a youth perspective, with special attention given to the areas of Health, Education, and Automation.

KNŻ would like to thank everyone who attended and participated in the discussion. We would like to thank especially Prof. Alexiei Dingli for accepting our invitation to give a presentation on the heavily contested debate surrounding work and the advent of automation.

Make sure to keep an eye out for events for future workshops.

International Office

MEETING WITH MALTA'S PERMANENT REPRESENTATIVE TO THE UN​

DATE PUBLISHED: 28/08/2020

Successful meeting with the Malta’s Permanent Representative to the UN, Ambassador Vanessa Frazier, regarding future collaborations with KNŻ and the setting up of a Maltese UN Youth Delegate!