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Empower Women holding online consultation for the Youth Forum at CSW61

The Youth Forum is a critical opportunity for young people in all their diversities to openly and strategically discuss the challenges and opportunities for achieving gender equality and sustainable development in our local, national, regional, and global contexts, and to amplify common concerns and advocacy efforts in advance of CSW61. 

Recognizing that many young people will not be attending the Youth Forum and CSW61 in person, all young people and
stakeholders from around the world are invited to participate in this online consultation and provide their input on the key themes of the Youth Forum: Young Women’s Leadership, Young Women’s Economic Empowerment, Partnerships with Young
Men in Gender Equality, and Inter-generational Partnerships.

Between February and March, young people and stakeholders from across the globe will be invited to contribute to the discussion using the Empower Women’s web platform and respond to prompts related to the four main themes of the Youth CSW61.

Young people aged 18-35 are encouraged to add their voices!

Week I (8 - 14 February 2017)

Topic of consultation: Young Women’s Leadership

Questions for discussion:

1. How can young women foster a leadership model that is inclusive and intersectional, which embraces diversity and varying identities? Please provide concrete examples

2. How can young women leaders become active agents of change for their communities? Please provide concrete examples

3. Do schools, businesses and public and private institutions need to change to create better leadership pathways for young women, and if so, how?

4. What do you see as are the main barriers to young women's leadership in your community? Can you elaborate with examples / stories?

5. What role can you currently play in order to improve the lives and empower young women and girls in your community?

 

Week II (15 - 21 February 2017)

Topic of consultation: Young Women’s Economic Empowerment

Questions for discussion:

1. What needs to happen for women and girls to reach economic parity by 2030? Is it realistic? And what strategies do you suggest governments, businesses, NGOs, civil society and individuals implement to get there?

2. Do you think discriminatory social norms and gender stereotypes act as a barrier for girls’ and women’ economic empowerment? Can you bring examples? What can governments do address this?

3. What institutional changes need to be made in order for women to access initiatives that promote their own economic growth?

4.  How can we change the narrative and perception of girls and women in leadership roles? And how can we transform the education system to promote young women’s entrepreneurship and innovation and encourage involvement with STEM subjects?

5.  What role can men play in removing gendered discrimination and harassment in the workplace?

 

Week III (22-28 February 2017)

Topic of consultation: Partnerships with Young Men in Gender Equality

Questions for discussion:

1. Why should young men care about gender equality and what? What prevents young men from supporting gender equality?

2. How can young men promote young women’s economic empowerment? Please share specific examples.

3. How can governments, civil society, and other organizations encourage young men to support gender equality? Please share specific examples of policies, programs, and initiatives.

4. How can young men partner with LGBTQI organizations to achieve gender equality?

5. How can young men work within their own spaces and communities to promote gender equality? Please share specific examples.

 

Week IV (1-7 March 2017)

Topic of consultation: Intergenerational Partnerships

Questions for discussion:

1. What are the biggest challenges faced by young people,when attempting to working with people from older generations?

2. In what ways can intergenerational leadership and partnership promote gender equality and Women’s Economic Empowerment?

3. How might young female leaders approach "established" leaders re: the creation of pathways for leadership opportunities & situations for the young generation?

4. How might established leaders approach the young generation of leaders re: the creation of pathways for leadership opportunities & situations for the young generation?

5. How can we ensure dialogues and collaborations between generations that provide enrichment/growth/learning for all?

 

Hashtags used on social media: #YouthCSW61 

source: empowerwomen.org