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YOUNG LEADER SPOTLIGHTS
Young Leaders are leading today, creating the reality of tomorrow.
In Guyana, Young Leader Alum Kobe Smith (Class of 2018) led negotiations and consultations to finalize the national reintegration policy for teenage mothers in the country, where thousands of adolescents grapple with pregnancy each year. Guyana ranks the second highest in teenage pregnancy in Latin America and the Caribbean. Rather than being offered support and education, teenage mothers are often stigmatized and denied re-entry to schools.
This new policy now makes it mandatory for schools to provide a safe environment for teenage mothers to continue their schooling.
In Nepal, Young Leader Alum Aditi Sharma (Class of 2016) is helping eradicate the centuries-old practice of chhaupadi, or the banishment of girls and women to huts and sheds during menstruation. Through her work with her organization, Kalyani, Aditi and her team go door-to-door to educate communities about menstruation.
They have helped shift the mindsets of thousands of people in the country.
In Sierra Leone, Young Leader Alum Nnamdi John Eseme (Class of 2016) advocated to overturn a law preventing teenage mothers from returning to school after they gave birth. Through Nnamdi's efforts, the ECOWAS Court ordered the Sierra Leone government to reverse its policy banning teenage mothers from pursuing their education.
His work has helped shift the attitudes of parents and teachers in the community and opens the door for thousands of girls and young women to return to school.
When young people are connected to the platforms, the people, and the resources they need, they can create transformational change in their communities and countries.
BY THE NUMBERS
1000 Young Leaders & Alumni representing 148 countries who are advancing gender equality in their communities and countries.