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Empowering Young Women to Lead Change

Empowering Young Women to Lead Change

UNFPA, World YWCA
2013

This training tool was designed by and for young women to catalyze positive change in their lives and communities. Through consultation with a group of women leaders and activists under age 30 from nine countries, seven key issues were identified as having a crucial impact on young women: HIV and AIDS, Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights, Self-esteem and Body Image, Violence Against Women, Human Rights, Economic Justice, and Peace. Focusing on these issues, this tool provides young women with information and tools to gain insights into the issues, facilitate trainings to educate and mobilize peers, and develop advocacy skills to take concrete action on these issues.

 

The manual has been tested in Belarus, Jamaica, El Salvador, Lebanon, Zambia, and the Philippines to ensure its effectiveness in diverse cultural settings. The workshop guides are designed to enable young women to successfully lead fun and engaging workshops without need for "expert" facilitators. The curriculum is flexible and allows for special speakers or additional resources to suit the needs of the participants. The modules may be used alone or in any combination that best meets participants' interests, requirements, time, and resources.