Election 2019: Young people have a voice and the power to make a change

Leila (far right) with her nan and sisters.

Leila is 24 and lives with her nan in east London. She’s passionate about campaigning and she loves her faith. This election, she wants young voters to tell the people seeking power who you are and what you stand for.

The importance of young people voting cannot be understated. A just and fair world is achieved when people work together, and all voices are at the table.

Sometimes voting can seem futile, especially when views contrary to your own seem to take precedent. This can be especially true for young voters, and even more so in the current political climate.

The status quo will not change, however, unless we are engaged and hold government to account with the power we have.

Help the world’s poorest people this general election.

As a young person engaged in politics, I have been struck by the fact that opposing political views to my own can have genuine and compelling rationale behind them. Politics often seems to be defined by tribalism, but progress is made when people with opposing views come together to work for the common good.

Good politics thrives on the amelioration of opposing views, finding points of agreement so as to move towards a brighter future together.

CAFOD was born from, and is sustained by, people being able to look beyond their own immediate needs. It is a spirit of fellowship which characterises the wonderful work that CAFOD achieves internationally.

This same spirit can inspire people to act, to work towards the good, and to vote!

Author: CAFOD

CAFOD stands for the Catholic Agency For Overseas Development. We are an international development charity and the official aid agency of the Catholic Church in England and Wales. We stand beside people living in poverty – whatever their religion or culture. Through local church partners, we help people directly in their own communities, and campaign for global justice, so that everyone can reach their full potential. How to get involved with CAFOD None of our work is possible without you. Whether you donate, campaign, download prayers or volunteer we are grateful for your support.

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