On Monday, March 8, 2021 St. Margaret College Secondary School Verdala, Cospicua, Queen’s Young Leaders Group: Miguel Fenech, Jurgen Xuereb and Jayden Degiorgio, together with their teacher Martin Azzopardi sdc (founder of the Verdala Queen’s Young Leaders Group) highlighted the importance of the selected theme for the 2021 Virtual Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM). As March 8 marks both the Commonwealth Day and International Women’s Day, the theme for this year’s CHOGM is: ‘Women’s leadership in Delivering a Common Future’. This theme was selected because the 54 Commonwealth member countries are connected by deep-rooted friendship networks and committed to recognise women leaders across the Commonwealth, during COVID-19 and beyond. This CHOGM event will put a spotlight on women’s leadership in responding to COVID-19 and charting an equitable recovery. Stories of women from across the Commonwealth who are challenging gender norms through their work will be shared in this year’s CHOGM virtual meetings.
Commonwealth country nations will also hold discussions and seek new ways how to protect the natural resources, boosting trade, and delivering a peaceful, prosperous and more sustainable future for all.
This year the celebration of the union of Commonwealth nations across Africa, Asia, the Caribbean and Americas, the Pacific and Europe will be held virtually on Monday March 8 without the usual Westminster Abbey service. On Sunday, March 7, H.M. the Queen, who is the head of the Commonwealth, participates in a BBC One programme joined by a number of senior royals. This programme includes a reflection from Denise Lewis, a two-time Commonwealth Games heptathlon champion, and prayers led by the Dean of Westminster, Rev. Dr David Hoyle. In this special broadcast Her Majesty’s lifetime commitment to the Commonwealth is given prominence. Queen Elizabeth II became Head of the Commonwealth in 1952, at the age of 26 and thanks to her efforts, the Commonwealth country nations have grown from seven countries to 54 nation members. Throughout her reign, H.M. the Queen undertook more than 200 visits to Commonwealth countries and her efforts for unity and solidarity are to be admired. St. Margaret College Secondary School Verdala, Cospicua, Queen’s Young Leaders Group promise their loyalty, prayers and respect to H.M the Queen Elizabeth II as head of the Commonwealth.
This project aims to reach seven of the main goals proposed by the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals: No Poverty, Zero Hunger, Good Health and Well-being, Quality Education, Gender Equality, Reduced Inequalities, and Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions.
To note: Photos seen in this article were taken before the Covid19 pandemic.