Youth For Change at Women Deliver 2016

Youth For Change's Francis and Eleanor were at Women Deliver Conference 2016 to advocate for the role of youth in ending gender-inequality and gender-based violence. Catch up on what they got up to below...


  1. Women Deliver: The Youth Pre-Conference

  2. Women Deliver 2016, which took place 16-19 May 2016, was the largest gathering on girls’ and women’s health and rights in the last decade and one of the first major global conferences following the launch of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

    Realising that young people need to be meaningful engaged, Women Deliver held a two day Youth Pre-Conference before the beginning of the main conference. The first youth meeting was a meeting of Women Deliver Young Leaders that happened on 15th May 2016 - the second took place on Monday, 16th May 2016.
  3. The Youth Pre-Conference included both Women Deliver Young Leaders and other young people. Both meetings shared a mutual aim of preparing young people for the main conference.

    A particularly inspiring speaker was Kate Gilmore with her #HandOver, expressing her desire that she'd like to see someone younger than 25 take up her post. It was great to see the importance of young people receiving such emphasis.

    Check out a snapshot of our coverage below...
  4. Talking youth participation with Yemurai Nyoni

  5. Yemurai Nyoni, an inspirational youth leader from Zimbabwe, gave a particularly stirring speech advocating for the power of youth during the Pre-Conference.
  6. Francis was lucky enough to sit down with Yemurai, for a wide ranging conversation covering his own advocacy and activism journey, the role young people can play in achieving gender equality, and the importance of involving young people in decision making more generally.
  7. Eugene Savio: Youth can bring about change for everyone

  8. We also caught up with Eugene Savio Eugene Alagskomah Savio from Ghana who gave us a summary of the Youth Pre-Conference
  9. #WD2016: Youth can bring about change for everyone
  10. Women, young people and the SDGs?

  11. On Tuesday, Francis attended the panel discussion on implementing the SDGs - the sessions tackled the topic through a gender lens, asking how can we ensure women & girls are equal partners in setting the sustainability agenda for everyone? How do they see the SDGs contributing to their lives and the lives of other women, and do they offer enough?