Announcing the Women Deliver Young Leaders Class of 2020!
During a historic moment when women and young people are on the frontlines of both the COVID-19 response and worldwide protests for racial justice, Women Deliver is honored to welcome 300 young changemakers from around the world who are committed to advancing gender equality and sexual and reproductive health and rights into our Young Leaders Program.
Women Deliver selected all the Young Leaders for their potential to have a lasting impact on the lives of girls and women. As a group, they have already driven tangible progress on a wide range of issues, including sexual and reproductive health and rights, maternal health, LGBTQIA+ rights, peace and security, water and sanitation, gender-based violence, education, political participation, and youth engagement.
A FOCUS ON DIVERSITY
Women Deliver Young Leaders Class of 2020 represents young advocates from all over the world and a range of identities and advocacy experience. The new class represents 96 countries and collectively speaks 126 languages and dialects. It also represents groups that have often been marginalized, including:
- 60 who belong to a religious or ethnic minority group
- 29 belonging to an indigenous community
- 94 identifying as LGBTQIA+
- 8 living with HIV
- 15 people with disabilities
- 57 adolescents between ages 15 and 19
- 18 who have been forcibly displaced from their community or country
Since 2010, Women Deliver’s award-winning Young Leaders Program has trained, supported, and elevated 700 young advocates. The program has:
- Trained 469 Young Leaders through a digital learning platform
- Supported 200+ Young Leader speaking and advocacy opportunities
- Awarded $750,000 in grants for advocacy projects
THANK YOU TO OUR SUPPORTERS
Women Deliver is grateful to our community of supporters who provide the financial resources we need to run the Young Leaders Program.
Thanks to them, the program is larger and more impactful than ever before.
"It is not easy for young and independent activists to get funding from big foundations to carry out projects at grassroots levels. We are often seen as those who lack experience and skills to manage the projects. Women Deliver believes in young people and our capacity to make change in our communities. They did not just give us money and technical support, but more importantly, they gave us hope and trust. They deliver the true spirit of meaningful youth engagement."
—Trang Le, Vietnam
MORE ABOUT THE YOUNG LEADERS PROGRAM
This was the program’s most competitive application process yet, with more than 5,600 applications from 167 countries for 300 spots – nearly double the applications received from the previous application round.
Over the next two years, these 300 remarkable Women Deliver Young Leaders will receive training and resources to extend their influence for gender equality and actively shape programs and policies that affect the health and rights of girls, women, and young people. These advocates will gain exclusive opportunities to take their work to new heights, including enhancing their advocacy knowledge and skills through Women Deliver’s digital learning platform; building their network through workshops and other convenings; receiving access to resources and grant funding; amplifying their influence through media and speaking opportunities; and participating in the Women Deliver 2022 Conference, the world’s largest conference on gender equality and the health and rights of girls and women.