Have Your Say! Online Consultation for the Youth Forum at CSW61 on Intergenerational Partnerships


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! 

Week IV

Topic of consultation: Intergenerational partnerships

Duration: 1-7 March 2017

Moderators: Kirthi, Chapa, Karol

Chapa Perera - represents the Commonwealth Youth and Gender Equality Network as a member of its Executive Committee. Email

Kirthi Jayakumar - is an intersectional feminist, artist, author and activist from Chennai, India. She is the Founder and CEO of the Red Elephant Foundation. Email

Karol Arambula - is the lead researcher on Youth, Peace and Security for the UN Sustainable Development Solutions Network Youth and is the Founder and Head of Operations of MY World Mexico. Email.



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

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

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

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

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

Hashtags used on social media: #YouthCSW61
  • Assem moussa

    I bring you warm greetings from the smile of Africa...

    Let me first introduce myself :-


     My name is Assem  Abdel Hamied Mousa,Iam the president of ASDF (association of Scientist ,developer, faculties)in Africa,E commerce tech manager,Egyptair,Egypt , MEMBER OF ASDF Governing Council, and winner of Best industrial researcher by Asdf in dec 2014 as 1st one not only from Egypt but also from Arab and Africa countries ,and titled as e commerce global expert 2014-2016 by intercontinental who’s who and member of international and intercontinental who’s who  2014-2016  ,I am also international journals editor and international conferences program, Chief Guest Honor ,Key note speakers and reviewers, published  papers and Book Author In clout of things Technology.


    As the internet changes our life, cloud of  Everything will change our life again This new technology clout  Emerging the following technology(Iot-cloud-5G-Nano tech-Hci-Context awareness-natural interaction) that change the concept from love things and use people to love people and use things •we all specially developing countries and LDG/Africa  must catch the cloud of everything tech (thing-people-process-data)train to address  the 17 SDG Goals  and 169 Goals but if any one miss it will no hope at all .

    The 17 SDG Goals and 169 Goals but if any one misses it will no hope at all

    The most important necessity for IoT — connectivity — will become so ubiquitous and widespread that by 2025 the number of IoT devices installed, connected, and autonomously managed will reach 100 billion.

    Clout overarching objective is to provide enhanced solutions for smarter cities by using cloud computing to overcome some of the current challenges and limitations of the Internet of Things

    Cloud of Things could be key to IT’s response to climate change.

    Cot tech will help a lot in global warming, disaster recovery, hurricanes or earthquakes, the current drought in all other agriculture businesses without enough water to sustain their crops.

    The cloud of Things promises to have widespread ramifications. In aviation, its effects could include reducing travel time and increasing safety and passenger comfort.

    In an industry as driven by technology as the aviation industry, it’s hardly surprising that every element of an aircraft’s performance is being monitored for the potential to make adjustments which could save millions on fuel bills and, more importantly, save lives by improving safety.

    The threat of global terror has made war a perpetual constant in our world today. As enemies become more difficult to identify, nations are trading in their illicit military strategy for more covert security and defense operations. In recent years, defense organizations have turned to technology like cloud of everything’s tech as an alternative for sending troops in harm’s way.

    The practical uses for drones extend far beyond warzones. These suppliers are turning their eyes to the commercial sector

    The knowledge that we got from cot tech could change the life of a patient, or change the world, Everything Changes with the Internet of Everything tech.


    • The cloud of every things technology, helping elderly and handicapped people and holds the promise of fixing the millennium-old human problems of poverty, disease, violence, and poor leadership in Africa and the entire world

    We have to alter Africa from ICT customer to ICT maker and producer.

    At a time when all the world are worried about the fast spreading Zika virus, it is figured out that a wearable device could be an effective tool for preventing it, "You can compute the genome of a human being in less than seven days," "One day we will have the genome sequence of all our patients and we are then in the position to compare [that] data on a regular base with reference data."

    This allows clinicians to easily identify defects in the genome and can also be used to compute the chance that someone will get a type of cancer, Wearing Tech are being used For Parkinson’s Disease Study

    . A true success comes when you help others be successful leaders create leader not followers. s. It is estimated that approximately 50 billion things will be connected to each other through the communication network by 2020. A massive set of data will be created

    Or by 2030 for Africa…it will be good for 10 years difference so we can fix all Africa and developing countries problems in 2030 for developed countries And LDG in 2020 and Later.

    The COT tech will create new services based on real-time physical world data and will transform businesses, industries, and the daily life of people. Smart cities (connected communities), smart planet (green environment), smart building (building, smart homes), smart industry (industrial environment), smart energy (electric grid), smart transport (intelligent transport system), smart living (entertainment, leisure), smart health (health care system) are examples of the Internet of things.

    A true success comes when you help others be successful and this true success comes in case of universal adoption of cloud of things in Africa and the entire world.

    Building a better connected world, in technological, Industrial, business, life style Revolution, Our Better Connected World is a smart world; Smart connectivity between people, between people and things, and between things and other things, is propelling our world on a new journey.

    Modern Education will be improved in the Light of Cloud Computing and Internet of Things

    The economy of all countries and all the world is transforming into a digital economy whether they like it or not. The rapid proliferation of cloud computing, Big Data and analytics, and mobility combined with many significant technology changes have created an ICT environment that has enabled the Internet of Things (IoT) to rise and become one of the key disruptive forces in our economic lifetimes


    The Global Connectivity Index GCI index has a strong correlation with GDP. Countries with higher GCI scores have higher GDP per Capita.


    Construction of ICT infrastructure is critical for a country’s competitiveness. A 20% increase in ICT investment will grow GDP of a country by 1%.

    Technology advances are mostly seen as a step back for workers. But, it  will supposedly create new job opportunity, for example, 5G phones will solve youth unemployment s. With Cot being a product of Information and Communication Technology, there will be demand for professionals with IT skills such as data scientists, user interface experts and digital-mechanical engineers

     “If cloud of things opportunity does not knock, build a door for it” the only impossible cloud of things journey is the one you never begin

    My message to all is universal adoption of cloud of everything’s Technology AND Africa to be a main point in this universal adoption... to fix Africa problems in of poverty, disease, violence, and poor leadership

    Concluding, we are looking forward in making the decision to “move to the cloud of things” technology and it is just a first step and then continue working together in Designing for Cloud of EVERY THINGS global implementation and preparing success strategies to help Africa and all the world for the imperative of Cot adoption to solve Africa and all the world problems.

    I Thank you to all

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    Q5. Thanks for giving privilege to those that couldn't attend CSW61 a chance for their voice to be heard.
    For us to ensure dialogue and collaboration between generations that provide enrichment/growth/learning for all, we need to design a structure for joint actions, this will necessitate easy monitoring, harmonisation and coordination of stake holders activities. 
  • veronica portugal
    q.5 I think an equal treatment should be given to all the parts involved. Sometimes, there are jelousy among the stakeholders because there is a feeling that just one generation is receiving all the privileges
  • Manisha Kad

    There are many factors that affecting collaborations between all generations difference in opinions, values, difference in leadership styles, execution style, existing stereotypes. There should be change as per dynamic changes in environment which is something lagging. Main characteristic of leadership is to help others to get the direction to achieve their goals whatever situation or place it is. It can be in organization, in business, in politics or all other areas. Other main thing is to create opportunities for growth. If we focus on problems in the world, then there are lot of opportunities for leadership.

  • Luz Maria Utrera
    Q2 In what ways can inter-generational leadership and partnership promote gender equality and Women’s Economic Empowerment?

    Inter-generational leadership and collaboration can promote gender equality and Women's Economic Empowerment in the following ways:

    1. Using effective policies and programs to protect the right to decent work, regardless of age and gender. This is to ensure stable, secure, non-discriminatory employment, decent wages and opportunities for career development.

    2. Partner with youth-led, youth-serving and feminist organizations to create an enabling policy environment for promoting the human rights, equality and empowerment of young women and girls.

    3. Support young women's leadership in the workforce by providing comprehensive, accessible and affordable child care options and ensure equal pay for work of equal value.

    4. Implement policies and programs that equip young women with the requisite digital skills for current and future high skilled employment. This will require increasing the number of young women in science, technology, engineering and mathematics in secondary and tertiary education and employment.

    5. Enable youth entrepreneurship through policy and financing that focuses on young women-led businesses, including start-ups, apprenticeship and alternative models of enterprise such as co-operatives and business incubators 

    6. Promote and encourage youth and women leadership and decision-making on economic policies, laws, programs and budgets.
  • Luz Maria Utrera
    Q1 What are the biggest challenges faced by young people,when attempting to working with people from older generations?

    One of the biggest challenges faced by young people when attempting to work with people from older generations is negative stereotypes. Young people are often perceived by the older generation as inexperienced and thus incapable of taking leadership or making responsible, informed decisions. Another challenge is the socio-cultural differences between young people and older generations. Whereas the older generation tend to be loyal to traditional norms and perspectives, young people are more willing to embrace more contemporary approaches to their way of life and this often becomes an area of conflict in inter-generational collaborations.
    • shruti kapoor
      Great response. Yes, there are negative stereotypes associated with the word millennium and it is important to break away from those! 
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  • veronica portugal
    A.1 I think its the last of trust in confidence in our capabilities. Also the intergenerational gap has deepened the difference in the values
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  • Nwedobong Okon
    A5: By creating intergenerational e-platforms which encourages dialogues and exchange of ideas between generations in an objective manner devoid of stereotyping & social bias of any kind. This will further create a window for older leaders to look into & understand young people's culture in a neutral light so that they can arrive at individual perceptions of young people and their leadership potentials alongside their youthful creativeness.
    • Kirthi Jayakumar
      Thank you for that suggestion, Nwedobong! We will definitely make note!
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  • Nwedobong Okon
    A4: Older leaders may need to recognize that young people have something novel yet effective to offer. They can learn to trust young people to be able to deliver whatever leadership task is bestowed on them. They can also approach from the place of coaching whereby young leaders are guided on how to incorporate their ingenuity with mainstream leadership expectations and make something meaningful out of the leadership experience rather than try to completely veer them off the differences they bring along. Most importantly, young people really do need to be given a chance to lead.
  • Nwedobong Okon
    A1. The challenges are numerous and include pessimism towards creative suggestions by younger people, lack of flexibility, micromanagement, & ageism on the part of the people from older generations. On the part of the younger generation is inability to cope with expectations based on age old views which are sometimes found inefficient or even ineffective by young people. There are some aspects where young people know better sometimes because of the ease of access to new information for young people. Older people however depend on updates gathered from conferences to be able to readjust their views and approaches thus, young people feel dragged back because older generations rarely give them a chance to lead.

    A2. Intergenerational leadership can do a lot to advance gender equality. Ageism favors the elderly till now. For example, young men are quick to refer to the days of their mothers as the ideal time or way to be a woman. If leaders who lived "back in those days" talked to young men about how that is not the ideal way for a woman to be or be treated, or for a society to be, it would be easier to grab the attention of younger ones. Another thing is that peers believe that their mates know nothing better than them & thus, don't listen to their peers or take them seriously. But if an elderly leader in the work place spoke, it can make a difference.

    A3. This varies greatly depending on the prevailing social narratives around the world. In a place like my country, it is always hard to approach a female leader because they are mostly dismissive of other young people. Persistence may result in contempt. So to a great extent, how one may approach an older leader is quite dependent on how much value that society places on young people as that affects confidence levels.
    • Kirthi Jayakumar
      Very, very, very thoughtfully explained. Thank you for sharing the myriad points of view to make this an informed response!
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  • Brinda Raval
    Question 1: What are the biggest challenges faced by young people, when attempting to working with people from older generations?

    My perspective is from the STEM field and a community based social justice organization. I've found it challenging to feel like I have something valuable to contribute because my contributions are not born of years of experience, but rather just from a set of fresh eyes and a creative mind. This is not to discount the value of years of experience, but the leaders I've felt most inspired by have tempered reference to their years of experience with the acknowledgement that there is also an inherent value in fresh perspectives. I think as young people we then have to be open to taking constructive criticism, knowing that if we take it with humility, we can use it for our own growth.  

    I think language is a very tangible way to bridge the gap - I often feel like new ideas have to be dressed up in 'official' terminology to be good enough to be shared, which may automatically filter out younger people who do not yet have the language tools to share those ideas, for various reasons such as life experiences or socio-economic class. Perhaps the older generation could encourage a culture that values innovation of ideas more than the correctness of the language. Similarly, I feel that the younger generation can think critically about how to present their ideas in language and linked to concepts that will be more familiar to the older generation. 
    • Chapa Perera
      Dear Brinda,

      Thank you so much for your constructive input. We agree with you fully - there needs to be less focus on 'technical' language and more focus on a more 'youth-friendly' language. What are your other suggestions towards bridging the gap? You talk about young people being receptive to constructive criticism. How do you propose such conducive dialogue be fostered? Any best practices you can suggest/ share?
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  • Tinuola Aina
    Question 1
    Response: There is a huge generation gap between the older and the younger generation. Innovations and new technological concepts have taken over, and the older generation unable to cope with such advancement, stick to the traditional ways of implementing certain things. Most times at top level meetings, there are clashes in ideas as the older generation in order not to be tagged "irrelevant" or "outdated", squash proffered suggested solutions of the younger ones, there by slowing the pace of attainment of objectives. 

    Question 5
    Response: Forums can be organised for both generations to openly share views and learn from one another. In terms of succession plans at the workplace, the older generation occupy key positions, therefore there should be mentoring programmes, and knowledge on operating institutions should be passed down accurately to the younger generation for proper transition. 
    • Molly Pacheco
      Hi Tinuola,

      Thank you for your response and your inputs. I agree! Forums provide great opportunities to learn from one another. How do you think that youth organize forums within their communities?
    • Chapa Perera
      Thank you for your great ideas Tinuola! As you highlighted, it is very true that we need to build upon such constructive dialogues between the older and the younger generations. How do you believe that such dialogues can be facilitated at governance level, such as in politics? Would love to hear your thoughts on that!
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  • Valentin Camaño
    Q.1. What are the biggest challenges faced by young people,when attempting to working with people from older generations?

    one of the many challenges we the Youth face is opportunity and Investment to actually express what we can provide on the the youth spetrum platform. especially, the older generation would not give us sufficient time to convety the message that will eventually, affect us on the long. rules, policies, and many more affect us in our daly lives. with that being said, we need to artivculate the message through action and result. later, after much work and struggle they listen to us but on  neautral manner. however, that is not enough for the youth to convy the proper message we need to send to our perspectives with our local, ad international representatives. if given such opportunities we can convey the message of change and opportunity to take part of desicion making policies. the example, of portugal they give their youth the equal opportunities to give their insight of what takesplace and how they will be either affected or impacted by the policy, law, regulation or bill. will it benefit the youth throughout their society for the better or for limited action. so they strive with success to take action it what really mattes. thwe youth take opportunity and chance to represent the portugal society as a whole.

    and intergenrational and intersectional relation within the community is denmark and sweden. they give equal opportunity to women, and women throughout the spectrum sector. especially equality to all means. thiese are excellent strutures for the framework for women throughout the spectrum and sector. 
    • Kirthi Jayakumar
      Thank you for your views and inspired ideas, Valentin! You're absolutely right about how there needs to be due regard to intersectionality. Could you share a little more information on how intersectionality affects different age groups vis-a-vis gender equality?
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  • Annah Bengesai
    I think the main challenge that we have is 'readiness'. Is the adult generation ready for  the new generation to take over. This lack of readiness also affects transfrence of knowldge and skills.  for the parent generation there is also lack of trust, the younger generation does things diferently from the adult generation. Then there is the streotyping which  occurs on both ends- young and old.
    • Annah Bengesai
      Unfortunately breaking stereotypes is not easy- we have seen it with gender and race. and worse still, with the issue of age- the stereotypes are often ignored. So first, I would say- we need to acknowldge that this is an area that needs aour attenton - as much as gender or racial streotypes. second, the young must be open and willing to learn from the old, gain experience and then take ovet from the old. At the same time the old must also get rid of perceptions that young people dont know anything- be willing to impart  knowledge  and skills e and lalso learn from young people. It takes both and old to acknowledge their positions and perceptions. After all, age aint nothing but a number.

    • Kirthi Jayakumar
      Thank you for your inputs, Annah! You make a very valid point. What are some of your thoughts and ideas on how we can break these stereotypes?
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  • Vanessa Robles

    Question 1
    One of the biggest challenges faced by young people when attempting to work with older generations is adaptation. Each generation shares its individual perspective. The younger generation may envision how things should be versus the older generation who sees the current state. The key is learning how to align these ideas.

    Question 2
    Intergenerational leadership and partnership can promote gender equality and Women's Economic Empowerment because it is an opportunity for reflection. It is a collective effort in sharing ideas, and working in establishing common goals.

    • Kirthi Jayakumar
      Thank you for your insightful comments, Vanessa! This is a very vital piece in the puzzle. When you talk about adaptation, I see how much work lies ahead of us to help ease both generations into adapting with one another! Intergenerational leadership certainly does follow, and like you articulated, collective efforts are key!
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  • ElsaMarie DSilva
    On behalf of Safecity here are our comments.

    Q1 What are the biggest challenges faced by young people, when attempting to working with people from older generations?

    1. Gap in expectations from work and the organisation: younger people are looking to find value for the work that they do and the ability to link their work to that of the organisation and it's vision and resultantly expect a more horizontal power structure at work. Older people are generally expectant of a more vertical hierarchy which flows in a more top down process not allowing for individual people to find value for their work in that of the organisation.

    2. Gaps in understanding work life balance: the current older generation that is mostly at higher rungs in an organization values single-minded devotion to work whereas younger people are looking more and more for work that allows them to have a good work life balance without comprimising on either.

    Q2 In what ways can intergenerational leadership and partnership promote gender equality and Women’s Economic Empowerment?

    Intergenerational equity is very important here for creating a future of gender equity and female economic empowerment as it is the older generation that is more generally in a higher power designation at any organisation - it is important for them to work with younger individuals, especially women, to create structures and systems that encourage and incentivize practices that lead to women empowerment. For e.g., for all those higher up in the workspace it is imperative to identify mentor young women leaders within the organisation and ensure removal of biases that affect growth of female leadership.

    Q3 How might young female leaders approach "established" leaders re: the creation of pathways for leadership opportunities & situations for the young generation?

    I believe institutionalized systems where a mentorship program is put in place will help create an easier path for young women to connect to leaders in the field of their interest. The Vital Voices Fellowship being one such example.

    Q4 How might established leaders approach the young generation of leaders re: the creation of pathways for leadership opportunities & situations for the young generation?

    Ensuring constant interaction with younger people at workplaces, informal discussions with younger persons at their organisation and even interactions at classrooms with younger students would be a good way for them to nurture younger talent. Providing training opportunities and creating programs individually that would benefit younger persons through mentoring is key to them creating pathways for leadership for younger persons. 

    Q5 How can we ensure dialogues and collaborations between generations that provide enrichment/growth/learning for all?

    Creating of forums in all organisations for a free for all discussion on various issues, online forums for peer to peer interaction which is intergenerational, more instances of workspace leaders taking their work experiences to classrooms, mock stimulations with varied age groups in different work settings could all help towards increasing dialogue and collaboration. 

    • Kirthi Jayakumar
      Thank you for sharing, Elsa! You clearly lead by example and these points of view are from your personal work as a leader. I wonder, though, have you encountered resistance or any clash with teams you've been part of, on account of different genreations being involved?
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  • Sharda Vishwanathan
    Q.2. In the previous discussion on how young men and boys can contribute to women's economic empowerment, one of the points I had discussed was how it is important to break gender stereotypes be it in a family setting or in the workplace. The older generation can be powerful role models and lead by example. Be it in terms of sharing household domestic responsibilities or helping promote women to participate the workforce, or promoting women's economic empowerment at the workplace, one can work towards breaking the gender stereotypes that have for years relegated women to the domestic sphere. I feel it is here that the two generations can work together in creating a more inclusive space that respects diversity and helps promote gender equality. While the older generation certainly brings a wealth of experience, the younger generation comes with fresh perspectives and when put together can go a long way in creating a gender just environment. 

    Q3 & Q4: By breaking the power hierarchy. Often hierarchies in an organization make it difficult for the younger generation to approach established leaders. Thus, breaking the hierarchy and creating a more open space, the established leaders create a platform that can be used to exchange ideas, perspectives and more collaborative in approach. Similarly, for the younger generation, it is important they understand and respect the years of experience and knowledge that the established leaders have to offer. This can be done by organizing regular networking sessions, lunch-n-learn sessions that help break the ice and get the conversations going. Secondly, mentoring also goes a long way in bridging the intergenerational gap and creating a more collaborative approach. Organizations could look at having a mentoring program in place where the younger generation is paired with an established leader from the older generation. While this helps provide more leadership and development opportunities for the younger generation, it also creates a shared environment for mutual learning aimed at building capability. 
    • Sharda Vishwanathan
      With regard to hierarchy and resistance, I see what you mean Kirthi. When I think of breaking the power hierarchy, it is more along the lines of interactions and conversations. To create a working environment where everyone is easily approachable and one that facilitates the exchange of ideas. And certainly, safety in conversational exchanges is key. While having a structure that makes way for dialogue and debate is key, we must also have mechanisms in place that take into consideration any resistance that arises out of dialogue and dissent. Now, this gets me thinking on what mechanism that would/could be. I will share that soon :) Would also love to hear from you on what you think..
    • Kirthi Jayakumar
      Fantastic ideas there, Sharda! You have some very sound and impactful views and thoughts there - do you believe that the breaking of the power hierarchy might open up a can of worms and augment the depth of resistance? Do you believe that there should be some sort of a mechanism in place that can curate safety in conversational exchanges?
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  • Ryana Contractor
    Hey i am Ryanaand from behalf of the NGO Shesays India would be delighted to be part of the discussion and these are the answers we would like to put forth:

    Q.1. What are the biggest challenges faced by young people, when attempting to work with people from older generations?
    A.1. Being a part of generation Y in today's day and age is not an easy task, especially if you want to be taken seriously. There is a sort of notion or stereotype that is attached with the word Millennialin an organisation. The stereotype being that they are the 'kids' who are constantly attache dto their smartphones,who have a sense of entitlement and in a sense want to work whenever and however they want. There is a lack of trust due to perception that Millennials ar emore likely to hop from one emplyer to another. Differences in opinion whcih can be brought up due to a generation gap may cause a rift in th eoganisationand hence elders meay end up dismissing suggestions as they beilieve it to be inconsequential at times due to lack of experience or amateurish nature of the youth. These misconceptions are hard to break and getting your voice and opinion heard and understood is of utmost importance.

    Q.2. In what way can intergenerational leadership and partnership promote gender equality and women's empowement?
    A.2. Women play a major role in today's economice environment. By integrating intergenerational leadershipwe build communities where everyone's skills are used and prejudices are broken. This promotes inclusivity hence encouraging gender equality. There is a greater reach to society and larger movements for change and justice can be built. The bridge between the generations can be filled and we can continuously learn from our peers. This fill in the gap leads us to learn from our past mistakes and improve our future, especially in the men in the workspace and removing bias towards any particular gender.

    Q.3. How might young female leaders approach "established" leaders re: the creation of pathways for leadership opportunities & situations for the young generation?
    A.3. Young leaders should approach their "established" leaders with a sense of understanding and respect. Views may differ but it's up to both parties to resolve these differences where the youth should give a comprehensive explanation whcih would help solve these differences amicably.

    Q.4. How might established leaders approach the young generation of leaders re: the creation of pathways for leadership opportunities & situations for the young generation? 
    A.4. Established leaders should remove tehir preconcieved notions and have an open minded approach towards the youth. They should motivate the youth by giving credit when it's due, offer job security and provide a platform to learn and grow. With th enew boom of thechnology they must understand that they are not the controllers of information anymore but the facilitators. Hence, they should mentors to the youth and acknowledge their suggestions at the same time provide a challenging work environment. 

    Q.5. How can we ensure dialogues and collaorations between generations that provide enrichment/growth/learning for all?
    A.5. The first step to anything is making people more aware, this may be in the way the organisation functions or the contributions expected as a leader or just the interaction between the generations. The next step is getting people to understand the differences and work towards removing them. Finally, working together and creation a platform or community which encourages intergenerational leadership maybe through discussions, workshops or in the organisation itself.
    • Kirthi Jayakumar
      Great responses and thoughts there, Ryanna! I'm curious to know what you think might be the best way to make awareness avaialble - what channels can best bridle the divergent interests? 
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  • Akhila Kadgathur Jayaram

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

    A phrase that I commonly hear when approaching some of the 'old guard' is that "We have always done it this way". This statement encompasses the biggest challenge that I face when working with older generations on most issues, whether it be as a student representative in university or reasoning out outdated cultural practices with extended family. I think the older generation clearly needs to understand that the world has changed by leaps and bounds from their days and is dominated by technology. But also that we need them to provide guidance so that we may not commit the same mistakes they did, so there is a critical need to work together.

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

    I believe that a good amount of world leaders belong to the older generation and hence their support is critical in creating awareness and garnering support for women's economic empowerment. We, as youth, might be passionate about WEE and conduct various campaigns, however if that does not translate into policy we will hit a big hurdle. Therefore there is a need for all generations to work collaboratively to ensure objectives of WEE are implemented.

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

    There should be an air of openness from both sides. Forums should be created by youth organisations and companies to facilitate these discussions - both offline and online.

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

    By clearly advertising that they are 'ready to hear' from us. This could be done in a variety of ways - hosting university events, collaboration with university societies and having insight days where youth can visit a company and talk to members of senior leadership. Another measure that comes to mind is the establishment of mentorship programmes.

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

    By clearly defining objectives for all stakeholders and by creating an atmosphere of mutual respect. I think this can be kicked off by hosting events as mentioned in my previous answer and allowing relationships to grow organically from there.

    • Kirthi Jayakumar
      Thank you for your amazing responses, Akhila! These are certainly valuable responses. I'm especially interested in the way you've curated great ways to ensure that the youth are not only ready, but are also expressing clearly that they are ready to hear from the previous generation(s). Mentorship programs are, undouobtedly, valuable! Really great thoughts here!
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  • Nanditha Ravindar
    What I experienced when I was teaching in a low-income school in Chennai was that the older generation (some of them, it will be unfair to stereotype) are not updated when it comes to things like new media. Further, amongst some of them, there is the notion that merely because of our age, we do not really have anything of value to add and they think they ought to have the upper hand when it comes to decisions as they have more experience. While it is indeed true that they are more experienced and we, the younger generation, have a lot to learn from them, I think they should also be ready to collaborate with the younger generation. This collaboration could start with simple things like both the parties being part of a brainstorming session, sharing ideas and most importantly, shedding prejudices and judgements. That in itself would pave the way for constructive dialogues and collaborations between generations. 
    • Molly Pacheco

      I very much appreciated your response. I agree that collaboration is essential to helping both young and older generations. How do you think youth can reach out to help older generations with learning new technologies or social media platforms? What are the most effective ways to teach youth to be teachers for older generations?
    • Kirthi Jayakumar
      Thank you for sharing, Nanditha! This is definitely a very useful tip! To start by simply making them part of brainstorming, sharing ideas and breaking down walls - talk about a great way to break the ice and build the rapport!
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  • Geeta Madhavan

    1. What are the biggest challenges faced by young people,when attempting to working with people from older generations?
    A- There is s patronising attitude adopted by the older generation that prevents the younger generation from presentinga fresh new  perspectives and steals from the older generation an opportunity to learn a new way of approaching an established idea or concept.

    Q.2. In what ways can intergenerational leadership and partnership promote gender equality and Women’s Economic Empowerment?
    A- The first and foremost is the acceptance that women are playing a major role in economic progress of a society in both organised and unorganized sectors as well as in the unrecognized and unsung area of home making. Secondly,  older women who have acheived a certain level should enthusiastically  encourage their younger femsle colleagues and not view them  as threat.  Taking the younger people along benefits both generations.

    Q.3. How might young female leaders approach "established" leaders re: the creation of pathways for leadership opportunities & situations for the young generation?
    A - Conversely the younger people should learn to resoect their peers even if they hold differing views and not brush it off as "old" or "outdated" . Experience and years of research/ exposure does bring a richnessto the discussion. A healthy discussion of divergent approaches will produce better results than confrontational attitudes. 

    Q.4. How might established leaders approach the young generation of leaders re: the creation of pathways for leadership opportunities & situations for the young generation?
    A- With enthusiam and opennes seek out the young and encourage them to voice their opinions and guide them . 

    Q.5. How can we ensure dialogues and collaborations between generations that provide enrichment/growth/learning for all?
    A- By identifying those of the older generation  who really encourage such intergenerational discussions and establishing forums and conducting workshops etc and specifically avoiding anyone who has condescending attitude , from both generations ! 

    • Kirthi Jayakumar
      These are some very interesting points, Dr. Geeta! Thank you for being candid and for taking the time out to share your views. I fully agree that there are instances of patronising attitudes being used by the older generation that prevents the younger generation - but would you agree that the converse is also true? Young people tend to talk down the older generation and label them for not "knowing" or "keeping with the times". You are absolutely right in that there is a necessity to accept and collaborate, and enthusiastically encourage one another - it's a wholesome and collaborative effort, indeed! When this cuts across all sectors - organized and unorganized - it will make a wholesome and lasting impact. Thank you for sharing!
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  • Amrita Roshan
    These are really great questions. Thank you for initiating it, Kirthi. Here are my answers: 

    Q.1. What are the biggest challenges faced by young people,when attempting to working with people from older generations?
    The lack of understanding, and a sense of "they won't agree" which can keep both sides away from coming to the table for as much as a discourse. THere is a desperate need for communication, conversation and setting expectations. Both generations must realise that there are different ways of doing things, and what worked in one time is not relevant for another because of a change in circumstances, tools and skillsets. 

    Q.2. In what ways can intergenerational leadership and partnership promote gender equality and Women’s Economic Empowerment?
    It can indirectly benefit the two, although directly, more impact-orientated work needs to be done. This means that mentorships, sharing of knowledge and resources and the older generation being cognizant of the need to give way to the next in a dignified and positively transformational way. 

    Q.3. How might young female leaders approach "established" leaders re: the creation of pathways for leadership opportunities & situations for the young generation?
    Through platforms like this - why don't you all facilitate the space for these partnerships? 

    Q.4. How might established leaders approach the young generation of leaders re: the creation of pathways for leadership opportunities & situations for the young generation?
    As indicted above for Q.3. 

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

    • Kirthi Jayakumar
      Thank you for sharing, Amrita! You make an interesting case for using spaces like this to facilitate partnerships! Thank you for the great pointer!
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  • Ken Anvire

    I believe that social media is a great and powerful tool that can help build relationships.  A number of online platforms exist facilitating with the creation of relationships.

    Those that are already established leaders should always remember that educating or helping a woman grow, means helping the future generation grow.

    Now, established entrepreneurs on their end could help budding female entrepreneur by implementing or creating pipeline programs placing emerging female leader within their organizations to mentor them, groom them and help them realize their full potential.

    • Kirthi Jayakumar
      That's certainly interesting! When you mention social media, there's a possibility of one-to-many and one-to-one communication. What platforms do you recommend, and what form of communication would leverage social media best to this end?
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  • Ken Anvire

    More often than not, older generation undermine the ability of the youth to come up with innovative solutions to global issues.   This “Trust factor” is in my humble opinion, one of most important determinant in explaining the arduous collaboration between the different generations. Let’s face it, the older generations more often than not observe a modus operandi that isn’t adapted with the changing time. In other words, they like to label it the “status quo”.
    When discussing the SDG’s, I have come across of large number of young people that have the solutions. Young people have energy, ambition, and are effective agents of change.  However well-intentioned they might be, most of the times, they lack access to the resources which are being controlled by the older generation. If collaboration between the both generations could occur flawlessly, it would be fantastic. It is however unfortunately not the case therefore a change needs to happen. It needs to be acknowledged, recognized and accentuated that help is needed. It is essential to give the youth some hope and believe in their dream by providing mentorship, guidance, resources etc., and the most  importantly, the youth need to be trusted with their innovative decision making.  

    • Kirthi Jayakumar
      Hi Ken! Thank you for weighing in. Undoubtedly true, age is often used to dismiss the qualitative contributions of young people. This might definitely peter down into a resistance of some sort. Your solution in the form of creating acces to resources through collaborations is a great idea and worth exploring, indeed. Would you have an idea in mind as to what you consider as an ideal template for facilitating this collaboration?
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  • Leah Davidson
    1. It is a challenge to connect young people and older generations because they communicate through different channels. Many youth are active on social media and connect through the Internet and technology, whereas the older generation has less experience with these platforms. There are also not many fora to bring people together for dialogue on issues, so these groups are rarely in touch with each other’s interests and needs.
    2. I have greatly benefited from intergenerational leadership in a few contexts. First, I traveled to Antarctica on an expedition with Students on Ice which brought around 60 high school students and 30 experts from across diverse fields like literature, art, science, education, and geography. The adults led workshops, discussion groups, and classes in their areas of interest and also interacted with us informally during the expedition tours, hikes, and dinners. Second, when I participated in The Next 36, an entrepreneurial leadership program in Canada, part of the programming was bringing entrepreneurs who were just starting out into contact with seasoned entrepreneurs, professors, and investors through formal classes and mentorship, as well as networking opportunities. We even had events specific to women in tech. Intergenerational leadership is great in bringing more perspectives to the table and helping women to learn from the challenges that others have faced.
    3. As a social entrepreneur, I have had success just cold emailing women who inspire me and setting up time to talk. It may be also useful to look through your network for senior women who work in your organization and see if either they would be interested in providing mentorship or have connections in a certain field.
    4. Established leaders can start by donating time to youth organizations and setting up mentorship programs or events that bring together people from different generations and with different life experiences. One good organization is Spark, which engages 7th to 9th graders in apprenticeships with leaders in different industries.
    5. The UN hosted a forum on international dialogue in 2015. I believe we need conversations like these to happen more within local communities, as well as on a higher, international level. This would help young female leaders establish initial connections with more seasoned leaders and hopefully this would blossom into more long-lasting relationships.
    • Kirthi Jayakumar
      Thank you for your fantastic inputs, Leah! I am so happy to hear that you are a beneficiary of intergenerational partnerships - there's nothing that reinforces the power of our goals and ambitions more than actual success. You bring up some really vital points on the mediums being different. Do you believe that creating dialogues in person and face-to-face engagement can help break barriers? Do you believe that there can be grass-root level conversations on the lines of the Forum you mentioned? What do you believe are some of the interesting take-homes from the forum that people can tap into, to curate their own conversations?
      Thank you for the example you shared - Spark - it's certainly great that they're facilitating these conversations and apprenticeships!
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  • Ashleigh Aathar
    1. The 'generation gap'- the perceived differences in attitude, mindset and approach between generations. Common phrases such as 'the stuffy old man', or 'reckless and brash youth', though they may seem harmless, contribute to the growing chasm between the older generation and the younger generation. The younger generation spends more time trying to prove itself and its capability to the older generation, while the older generation may fail to take the younger generation seriously, brush off their ideas and so on. This goes both ways- the younger generation might label the older generation's ideas as 'outdated', 'traditional', 'conservative', failing to note the merits of these ideas that are born of the older generation's greater years of experience.

    2. I believe that efficacy in achieving gender equality and empowering females hinges on the word 'partnership'. Partnership suggests working together towards a common goal, a shared vision and mission. The more people are roped in to work towards the objective of equality, the more progress can be made. With the influence and established power of the older generation, combined with the vigor and passion of youths (i.e. The whole population) working together, deep-seated prejudices and attitudes can be changed through a wide range of methods, from workplace policy, campaigns, day-to-day conversations. With everyone working together, and not just a certain demographic fighting for change, the possibilities are endless.

    5. For a start, one has to overcome the perceived generation gap. Enter dialogues and collaborations with an open mind. Treat all with respect, regardless of age, and level of experience. Acknowledge that there are things to learn from each person, that every person plays an important role and is able to make significant contributions. To be able to be benefit, one must first get rid of the underlying assumptions, misconceptions and previously-held beliefs, and view each person as an equal and a partner.
    • Molly Pacheco
      Hi Ashleigh,

      Thank you for your response! I just wanted to add onto what Kirthi mentioned below. I agree that there are often situations where older generations might not take youth to seriously. Youth should be encouraged to not let this discourage them from sharing their ideas, thoughts, and opinions. Older generations should openly listen, while younger generations should also be willinngly listen to wise recommendations. Like you have mentioned, often new ideas can benefit from past experiences. 
    • Kirthi Jayakumar
      Hey Ashleigh! Thank you for weighing in. You bring up some vital points! It's definitely true that there's some amount of labelling and mistrust on both sides of the age divide. Perhaps some rapport building and focused sharing and ice-breaking can be created before partnerships are built? What do you recommend in terms of ways in which this could be addressed and solved? It's certainly true that we must overcome the perceived generation gap - how can we create safe spaces and comfortable engagement areas that breaks the littanies of discriminative divisiveness?
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  • Michael Newman
    I have worked at a school founded on the rights and democratic participation of the child. The school has been run by the Zoe Readhead, the daughter of its founder, A.S.Neill. It is a place of great female leadership and collaborative work across the generations, as the staff and children work together to run and live at the school. The issue of gender equality has always, since the school was founded in 1921, been a celebratory factor of the school. In 2013 we celebrated the centenary of the suffragist march on London from all over the country and we had children from six local primary schools, celebrating a tea party with 'Millicent Fawcett and her sister Elizabeth Garrett Anderson', and marching to the songs of the suffragists, they also role played a democratic meeting in our school's Lounge - the oldest school democratic meeting in the world. One of the schools, Aldebrugh Primary, went on to hold their own weekly democratic meetings.

    I have been training young people in co-operative, social enterprise in East London for several years, and have had young muslim teenager girls as workshop leaders, working with special needs children and others in schools. They shared their experiences in the International Education Business Partnership Conference in London. Sadly I could not have pictures printed of the girls at work, because their families did not know what they were doing...

    I think co-operatives and schools based on children's rights and co-operation are necessary foundations for gender equality, leadership and intergenerational work.New Ideals in Education was a community in England, that lead to communities throughout the world that create and run schools based on 'liberating the child'. We must learn from the suffragists, the teachers, the doctors, the politicians who fought for equality and dignity for the child within our schools.
    • Kirthi Jayakumar
      Thank you for your responses, Michael! Your work sounds amazing and inspiring. I'm particularly interested in your focus on co-operatives and schools based on children's rights and co-operation itself as being necessary foundations for Gender Equality, Leadership and Intergenerational Work. Would you be able to share a couple of challengesyou faced in your work so far? How have you overcome them?
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    • Kirthi Jayakumar
      Thank you for writing in, George. This is an online consultation for the Youth CSW Forum. We are currently sourcing responses to the questions listed above. 
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