In their own words:
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 Canada, Aditi Sivakumar (Class of 2020) improved the sexual and reproductive health knowledge of refugee populations in Halifax, Canada by developing a six-minute animation regarding sexual and reproductive health (e.g., pap testing, IUD placements). The animation is available in five different languages and is now being distributed to refugee clinics across the nation. The team presented their research results on the sexual reproductive health knowledge and needs of refugee in various Global Health Newsletters, Dalhousie University Obstetrics and Gynecology Grand Rounds, and Consortium University of Global Health, and are currently working on publishing our manuscript in the Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology Canada (JOGC).
In Indonesia, Agita Pasaribu (Class of 2020), co-founder of Bully.id, an organization committed to raising awareness and providing support to victims of digital bullying and abuse, created the first anonymous platform in Indonesia that allows for the real time reporting of online gender-based violence and harassment incidents within private businesses. Since May 2021, the platform has been used by over 25,000 private sector employees.
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.