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Empowering Young Women to Lead Change

World YWCA and UNFPA train manual empowering young women to lead change
Empowering Young Women to Lead Change Manual: World YWCA and UNFPA

‘Empowering Young Women to Lead Change’ is a training tool for young women to catalyse positive change in their lives and communities. It is designed by and for young women, as part of the World YWCA's commitment to developing effective young women leaders and is available in English, French and Spanish.

A resource group of women leaders and activists under age 30 from nine countries was established to guide the production of this publication. Through consultation, seven key issues were identified as having a crucial impact on young women.

These issues include:

  • HIV and AIDS
  • Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights
  • Self esteem and body image
  • Violence against women
  • Human rights
  • Economic justice
  • Peace

Focusing on these issues, the manual provides young women with information and tools to:

  • Gain insights into the issues,
  • Facilitate training to educate and mobilise her peers to collaborate on the issues and
  • Develop advocacy skills and take concrete action on the issues.

The manual has been tested in Belarus, Jamaica, El Salvador, Lebanon, Zambia and the Philippines to ensure it is a practical and youth friendly resource in diverse cultural settings.

The workshop guides included in each module 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 adjustments, such as special speakers or resource people, to suit the needs of the participants. The modules may be used alone or in any combination that best meets participants' interests, requirements, available time and resources.

There are also a series of warm-up, introductory and icebreaker activities to choose from to incorporate into trainings wherever necessary.

Publisher World YWCA and United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA)
Date of publication 2006
Number of pages 124
Language English, French (Français), Spanish (Español)

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