Beijing+20: WHAT? An interactive dialogue with young people about gender equality and women’s empowerment in the post-2015 context. Four Girl advocates of the Working Group on Girls were among the panelists – Julia, Christina, Lizze, and Lizzie. This dialogue took place within the 2 day ECOSOC Youth Forum of June 2 and 3. Girls from YWCA, Girl Scouts USA and a girl representative from Austrian youth were also panelists. Their linking with the issues of Beijing and bring them into the post 2015 Development Agenda debate was excellent. The event was webcast Link to webcast
Executive Director of UN Women, Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka invited the girls to share with her on the various themes. You can read her address Here
Questions posed to the girls included: Julia: Why is it important for women and girls to be part of the conversation on climate change and entrepreneurship? How will this contribute to a different future? Christina: Why is it important for women and girls to partner in leadership and decision making as outline in the Beijing platform. How is this important to you and your future? Lizzie: Why does gender equality matter to you and your future? What about your peers? Anita: Why is the Beijing platform so relevant for some of the areas we need to focus on and for change for a sustainable future?
The following question were posed to he Austrian Youth delegate Johanna: What is your vision for education and how does it contributes to gender equality? Tiffany is from the YWCA: What can we do to put an end to women’s lack of safety and violence against women? Emily from the Girl Scouts: Why is environmental policies so important to girls and women world wide. Is this something we need to include when looking at in the post 20 agenda? Ameesha Girl Scouts USA: You have witnessed the discrimination of women and girls in families and you have identified it as a challenge in India. You are a strong gender equality advocate. What would you like us to change? What actions can we take to make sure this happens?
Can you use this presentation to talk about Beijing? I think it is a useful tool. How would your women and girl groups answer these questions?
There is a very interesting sharing by an 18 year old man Joe Davis talking about women’s rights from a young man’s perspective. See move marker to 43:30
The Good Shepherd International Foundation on their Facebook page have a posting on the UN ECOSOC Youth Forum. See