My name is Kavita, I am a British Indian and am currently studying Law at the University of Warwick.
Prior to this I was in the UK Youth Parliament for 4 years. Responsibilities have included submitting evidence and reports for Scrutiny groups, rewriting the equality act in more readable terms for young people and lobbying politicians in committee rooms for various causes for young people such as lowering the voting age, a more digital democracy and ‘A curriculum for life.’ I am also an ambassador for Model Westminster and work to increase awareness of Model Westminster. I focus on providing an introduction to the policy-making process.
Prior to my role, I had set up an incentive helping to empower women and young girls in India, to make the streets safer and stamp out the inequalities. I currently take part in a few pro-bono projects which include offering advice to those who are most vulnerable and volunteering with refugees and asylum seekers. My current role is the UK Young Ambassador for the Commonwealth and the European representative on the Commonwealth Youth Council.
I am very passionate about human rights and equal opportunities – which is the main reason for me studying law! In particular I am passionate about woman rights and empowerment. For instance approximately 8.8 million women in the Commonwealth are married as children annually which is a horrifying figure. I strongly believe more needs to be done for women globally and I am therefore currently working on a Commonwealth Girls mentorship initiative which aims to empower girls and young women from across the commonwealth.
I wish to close the bridges between young people and decision makers from across the world – including more dialogue and opportunities to interact. With 2 billion young people within the Commonwealth I wish to ensure that the voices of young people are heard and considered from those at the very top.