As the sixty-eighth session of the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW68) approaches, the global community turns its attention to accelerating gender equality and the empowerment of all women and girls. Integral to this mission is Youth4DRR, an organization committed to championing the voices of youth in disaster risk reduction and broader societal issues.
Gender equality is not just a fundamental human right but a necessary foundation for a peaceful, prosperous, and sustainable world. However, the challenges of poverty, inadequate institutions, and lack of gender-sensitive financing continue to impede progress. In this context, the role of youth, especially in shaping policies and driving societal change, becomes paramount.
Youth4DRR’s Key Recommendations
- Establishment of Inclusive Youth Advisory Panels: Youth4DRR advocates for the creation of diverse youth advisory panels, ensuring that a wide array of young voices are heard and considered in decision-making processes.
- Integration of Youth Perspectives in Policy-Making: The unique insights and innovative ideas of youth are crucial in crafting effective and relevant policies. Youth perspectives can provide fresh approaches to longstanding challenges.
- Diverse Youth Representation in Negotiation Teams of Member States: International discussions and negotiations on gender equality must include youth representatives from diverse backgrounds to truly reflect the aspirations and challenges of the younger generation.
- Training and Capacity Building for Youth Leaders: Empowering youth with the necessary skills and knowledge is essential for them to effectively contribute to society. This includes leadership training, education on gender issues, and capacity building in advocacy and policy development.
- Regular Feedback Mechanisms and Accountability: Establishing mechanisms for regular feedback from youth on ongoing policies and initiatives ensures that their voices are not just heard but also acted upon. This also includes holding institutions accountable for integrating youth perspectives.
Article on report by: Dr. Vincentia Hendriana, Tabarek Shah & Dr. Collins Santhanasamy