Youth Voices

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The year 2020 will mark several important milestones for gender equality and sustainable development, including the 25th anniversary of the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action, one of the most comprehensive blueprints for women’s rights worldwide.

UN Women is determined to make sure that young people are in the driving seat of these galvanizing moments and that their voices are heard at all stages of the regional and global review processes and the generation equality campaign. In this scope, we’re sharing the voices of young leaders, with diverse areas of expertise form across the Europe and Central Asia region. These young individuals drive change and mobilize their communities for the empowerment women and girls. 



Ilayda Eskitaşçioğlu. Photo: UN Women/ Antoine Tardy

In the words of Ilayda Eskitaşçioğlu: “2020 is the year of gender equality, and a year for reflection”
Ilayda Eskitaşçioğlu, 26, is a human rights lawyer and a member of the Beijing+25 Global Youth Task Force from Turkey. Read more ►

Sophie Beria. Photo: UN Women/ Antoine Tardy

I am Generation Equality: Sophie Beria, sexual and reproductive health and rights activist
Sophie Beria, 26, is working on sexual and reproductive health and rights, and comprehensive sexuality education in Georgia. Read more►

Yana Panfilova, 22, is a Ukrainian HIV positive activist, co-founder and chairwoman of Teenergizer. Photo: UN Women Ukraine/Sergiy Korovayny

In the words of Yana Panfilova: “You can talk about HIV a lot, but a personal example is what can really change people’s attitude”
Yana Panfilova, 22, is a Ukrainian HIV positive activist and advocates for the rights of HIV positive youth in Europe and Central Asia. Read more►

 

Inspired by programming for the past eight years, 17-year-old Mariam Lomtadze is the founder of Looper and tech start-ups Hero and FarmApp.

I am Generation Equality: Mariam Lomtadze, computer coder against child marriage
Inspired by programming for the past eight years, 17-year-old Mariam Lomtadze is the founder of Looper and tech start-ups Hero and FarmApp in Georgia. Read more ►

Zere Asylbek, feminist singer from Kyrgyzstan.  Photo: UN Women/Antoine Tardy

I am Generation Equality: Zere, feminist singer
Zere Asylbek, 20, is a feminist singer from Kyrgyzstan. Her song `Kyz` (‘Girl’) created huge backlash in the country, as it called on Kyrgyz society to respect women and their choices. Read more►

Pip Gardner. Photo: UN Women/ Antoine Tardy

In the words of Pip Gardner: “Young people need to have a seat at the table”
Pip Gardner works with girls, women and trans people on the promotion of sexual and reproductive health and rights, and the prevention of gender-based violence. Read more►

 


Teodora Mileska is a student of International and intercultural studies in North Macedonia

I am Generation Equality: Teodora Mileska, champion of sexual and reproductive health and rights
Teodora Mileska is a student of International and intercultural studies in North Macedonia and a senior peer educator for Comprehensive Sexual Education advocating for sexual and reproductive health rights. Read more ►

Daria Andrieieva is a feminist activist from Ukraine. Photo: Anna Panasiuk

In the words of Daria Andrieieva: “Violence against women is not a distant problem, but something that everyone can and should address.”
Daria Andrieieva is a feminist activist working to address gender-based violence in Ukraine. For over three years she has been conducting workshops and lectures on the culture of consent and bystander intervention. Read more►

Ajna Jusić, 26 years old, is the President of the Forgotten Children of War Association. Photo: UN Women/Maria Sanchez

I am Generation Equality: “I am a child born out of wartime rape”
Ajna Jusić, 26 years old, is the President of the Forgotten Children of War Association, a psychologist and a feminist from Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina. Read more►

 


Take five: “Gender equality means to empower women and girls with opportunities to reach their potential”  
Leila Makhmudova, a young feminist, 26, freelancer and social activist from Almaty, Kazakhstan, works on women empowerment and inclusion projects. She shares her views on promoting gender equality, where we are on women`s rights and why having economically empowered women and girls is important for a country. Read more ►

I am Generation Equality: Yuna Korosteleva, journalist amplifying women’s voices  
Yuna is a 17-year-old journalist at one of Kazakhstan’s leading media outlets, Vlast.kz. Through her writing she speaks up for women’s rights and passionately advocates for gender equality in her country. Read more►

Marina Tabukashvili

I am Generation Equality: Anna Lavreniuk, student leader and opinion shaper 
16-year-old student, Anna Lavreniuk, is a leader among her peers, actively working to raise awareness about gender equality. She heads her local school council and is the committee Chairperson on bullying in schools at the National Council of Children and Youth in her region. Read more►