Have Your Say! Online Consultation for the Youth Forum at CSW61 on Young Women’s Economic Empowerment
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.
We encourage young people aged 18-35 to add their voices!
Topic of consultation: Young Women’s Economic Empowerment
Duration: 15 - 21 February 2017
Moderators: Joshua, Mae, Malvika and Richard
Mae Flores - Filipina-American Actress, Speaker, Community Organizer, Social Activist & Advocate for Victims of Gender Violence. EuropeAid’s 200 Women of the World of Development Hall of Fame, Global Ambassador to the Mahendra Singh Foundation. Email.
Malvika Iyer - A bilateral amputee from a freak bomb blast in 2002, Malvika Iyer is an Award winning Disability Rights Activist with a Ph.D. in Social Work, International Motivational Speaker, TEDx Speaker, Model for Accessible Fashion and Global Shaper at World Economic Forum. Email.
Richard Castillo - co-chair of the Task Force on Partnerships with Young Men in Gender Equality with the UN IANYD Working Group on Youth and Gender Equality and an ambassador for the Man Up Campaign. Long time advocate on developing equity on Digital space, and specialize in Corporate Social Responsibility. Email.
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?
Hashtags used on social media: #YouthCSW61