Upton Park civil servant wants to encourage young people to take an interest in politics

PUBLISHED: 07:00 19 December 2016

Azzees Minott

Azzees Minott


Civil servant Azzees Minott is campaigning to get young people engaged in politics.

Azzees MinottAzzees Minott

The 24-year-old has made a film, which shows that there are different ways to be political.

She made it while she was working and standing in the general election last year.

Azzees, of Upton Park, was inspired to make the film, What Matters To Me, as she believes that politics is entrenched in every aspect of daily life. She is encouraging young people to make a positive difference to society.

“For some people politics has become a dirty word, used to describe something that’s untrustworthy or complicated, but it really shouldn’t be like that.

“I think that feeling has been growing for quite some time and things like the MP expenses scandal have knocked people’s confidence.

“But everything that we do and even the things we use have in some way been affected by politics – from the clothes on our backs to the cost of our travel and even the subjects we study.

“We are constantly engaged in politics but I think some young people don’t realise the role they play.”

The former Coventry University student studied international relations and politics. Her film shows the way people can harness things like volunteering, the media or sport to make changes.

“I want to show them that you don’t have to work in politics to influence policies, you just need to find what you’re passionate about and create change.”

She said: “I stood as a general election candidate for the Green Party in 2015, and when I spoke at hustings I noticed that there weren’t many young people involved, and that there were some who didn’t know about different political parties and how they could influence policies.

“As much as they cared about the issues at hand, they didn’t feel enabled enough to do something about them.

“I made the film because I wanted to empower young people.”

The project was organised and funded with the help of Fixers, the charity which gives young people a voice, and L&Q housing association, which owns or manages more than 71,000 homes across London and the South East.

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