Commonwealth Youth Human Rights and Democracy Network (CYHRDN)


The Commonwealth Youth Human Rights and Democracy Network (CYHRDN) provides a platform for collaboration with young people on important national, regional and global human rights issues. It also strengthens the capacity of young people to engage with their communities, policy-makers and wider stakeholders.

This approach reinforces that young people are valuable human resources capable of developing into active citizens and serve as catalysts for change. The network aims to achieve its advocacy and capacity-building objectives through partnerships to contribute to research, policies and programmes. Its priority areas include Disability Rights, Anti-Discrimination and Domestic Violence.

To actively engage young people in education and advocacy in the area of human rights and democracy.

To create a collaborative space for young people to achieve collective human rights and democracy goals through capacity development, the dissemination of knowledge and by supporting young people to engage in human rights and democracy.

The network was launched in June 2016, at the end of a visioning workshop held at Marlborough House in London. It was established with the support of the Youth Division and the Human Rights Unit of the Commonwealth Secretariat.

If you’re interested in being involved with this network or would like more information, contact: [email protected]

CYHRDN Membership:

Name and Role Region
Tricia Teekah, Coordinator Caribbean
Esanju Maseka, Project and Events Coordinator Africa
Brian Dan, Education and Training Coordinator Africa
Joy Napier, Communications Coordinator Caribbean
Shahreen Tilottoma, Partnership and Engagement Asia
Vibhu Sharma, Disability Rights Coordinator Asia
Muhamad Shahid Naseem, Policy and Advocacy Coordinator Asia

Meet the CYHRDN Members