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Welcome to the
Global UNiTE Youth Forum
From 22 to 24 May, over 40 young people from around the globe will gather in Bangkok for the first-ever Global UNiTE Youth Forum. The event is hosted by UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon’s global campaign UNiTE to End Violence Against Women and brings together young activists, aged 18-30, to build partnerships and strengthen the movement of young people working to end persistent gender inequality and violence against women and girls.
Coming from Latin America and the Caribbean, Europe, the Middle East, Africa, Asia and the Pacific, the young activists have much to discuss about the types of violence they see in their communities and the various ways they address it in their work - as peer trainers, counselors, filmmakers, bloggers, in women’s shelters and men’s anti-violence networks.
Visit this page for daily updates from the Forum by our Youth Reporters and join the conversation on Facebook and Twitter using the hashtag #UNiTEyouth.
Read our Q&As with different participants of the Youth Forum to find out how they got started in advocacy and activism around the issue of violence agaisnt women and girls and their expectations from the Youth Forum.
Our UNiTE Youth Reporters:
Read about the UNiTE Youth Forum from the perspective of the youth themselves as they come together from the four corners of the world and build a vibrant network under the framework of the UNiTE campaign.
Click to read their stories:
Christa SOLEYN - Barbados
Prabhleen TUTEJA - India
Nisrina Nadhifah RAHMAN (Ninies) - Indonesia
Bothaina QAMAR - Jordan
Salif MFORAIN - Cameroon (French)
The Global UNiTE Youth Forum has come to an end and participants are heading back to their home countries energized and full of ideas to reivigorate their important work in ending violence against women and girls.
Everyone agreed that the Youth Forum had a profound impact on them and everyone took something away from the 3 day meeting, not least of all new friends.
A truly global space, the Forum incorporated workshops and learning sessions, in which participants shared experiences, ideas and their passion for human rights.
The Global UNiTE Youth Forum focused on the principle that young people are a driving force for change and can use their knowledge, power and passion to challenge the negative attitudes, gender stereotypes and behaviour that can lead to violence.
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