Women Deliver supports young people from around the world to attend our conferences, where they have the opportunity to learn and network with experts from across the globe. From our larger pool of youth scholarship applicants, we select the Women Deliver 100 Young Leaders. This group of amazing and inspiring young people is under the age of 30, and is working to build a world where the health and well-being of girls and women is a priority. Throughout the year, we work in a variety of ways with our selected ‘young leaders’ to strengthen their skills as advocates, academics, program staff, media, and social innovators. When young people are equipped with the tools, information, and resources they need, they are powerful and critical agents of change.
At the Women Deliver 2013 conference, the 100 Young Leaders represented 68 different countries. They were chosen based on their previous knowledge, skills, and experience, as well as their potential to increase their advocacy efforts in their home communities and countries.
The 100 Young Leaders were awarded a full scholarship to attend the Women Deliver 2013 conference in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. The young leaders participated in speaking opportunities on high-level plenaries, were granted awards, and spoke at official Women Deliver press conferences.
The Young Leaders reported that the conference had a strong impact on them overall, giving them skills and knowledge to enrich their work back in their home countries.
Cecilia Garcia, from Mexico, on meaningful youth participation at the conference: We sat at the table with decision makers and world leaders; we participated in different panels and sessions; we shared the results of our work; and we learned from our peers and fellow advocates. We were part of this conference and not just participants of a parallel event.
Mallah Tabot, from Cameroon, on her conference takeaways: I met all the right people. From young leaders to policy makers to corporate heads, humanitarians and government representatives, I received a whole new set of perspectives on a wide range of issues. I was amazed by the young people, who are so knowledgeable and smart… I was moved to tears and literally sobbing over a video on men who support their spouses in children’s care and household chores… It felt so refreshing to see the world finally give the much needed attention to an issue so crucial yet so basic… I’m a more fulfilled young woman knowing that issues affecting us on a daily basis are taken seriously.
Chukwudera Okeke, from Nigeria, on how the conference will enhance her work: The interactions during the youth pre-conference changed my life and my way of looking at some issues. In fact, it was eye opening. Now, I can successfully design an advocacy campaign and communicate my message with the use of media, press releases, and writing of op-eds on sexual and reproductive health. Through the skills building workshop, I was able to know the latest developments including research in the field of sexual and reproductive health and rights, particularly maternal mortality, gender-based violence and other related issues.
Numfor Alenwi, from Cameroon, on his experience at the conference: The Women Deliver Conference was a once in a lifetime experience for me. Meeting representatives from the Real Medicine Foundation (RMF) USA was the most remarkable moment. For the first time in my career, I saw in a CEO a shared vision and a strong will to promote the work I’m doing in my country. Since then, we have been communicating and working to see how we can partner.
Agnes Nabukeera, from Uganda, on what she learned through the e-course: I now have the tools and knowledge to develop and help pass key messages to policy makers with my advocacy work.
To learn more about the 100 Young Leaders, click here.