Gender equality

21 Ambassador initiatives you need to know about this month

In an effort to further share the incredible work of the OYW Ambassador community, we’ve launched our monthly list of top projects you need to know about.

The OYW network is all about collaboration - so please get in touch if you’re interested in learning more or joining forces with any of the Ambassadors listed. Remember, if you log into your OYW profile, you can email them directly via the messaging button. Just go to their OYW profile and you'll find the button located on the bottom left. You must be logged in to do this.

Weekly roundup: OYW Ambassadors win prestigious awards, launch £1 million plastic reduction project & much more

1. Gharsanay Amin, Afghanistan, named "2019 Woman of Distinction"

The NGO CSW/NY award recognises leadership in the struggle for gender equality. It is awarded by a coalition of hundreds of NGOs and individuals in parallel with the UN Commission on the Status of Women. At only 22 years old, Gharsanay is the youngest ever recipient of the award.

To read more about the award and why Gharsanay received it, click here.

OYW announces Young Leaders Against Sexual Violence Programme

Launched at the One Young World Summit 2018 in The Hague, Netherlands, the Young Leaders Against Sexual Violence (YLASV) are a group of young leaders who demonstrate a strong personal or professional commitment and significant expertise in addressing sexual and gender-based violence in their communities and around the world.  The YLASV program is supported by One Young World Counsellors Fatima Bhutto, Rosario Dawson, Abrima Erwiah, Terry Crews, and Amber Heard.

On International Youth Day, meet the young leaders who are creating safe spaces for youth

“Safe Spaces for Youth” is the theme of Sunday’s International Youth Day, designated by the United Nations General Assembly in celebration of the 1.8 billion people in the world aged 10-24.

The UN calls for creating “safe spaces where [young people] can come together, engage in activities related to their diverse needs and interests, participate in decision making processes and freely express themselves.”