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 “We are not the leaders of tomorrow, we are the leaders of today”

“We are not the leaders of tomorrow, we are the leaders of today,” said Aya Chebbi a young Tunisian peace activist and blogger at this year´s Commission on the Status of Women (CSW). She declared that her “bold” generation was already today’s leaders during the intergenerational dialogue held to engage the new generation of gender equality activists with the Beijing generation of civil society leaders, grassroots activists, academics, policy makers and other stakeholders.

On 8 March 2016, young people  who campaign in their schools, communities and countries for action  to deliver a world where each woman and girl can exercise her choices, such as participating in politics, getting an education, having an income, and living in societies free from violence and discrimination marched in cities throughout the world. In New York it constituted the lead up to the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW) which this year celebrated the 20th. Anniversary of the Fourth World Conference on Women held in Beijing in 1995.

Most of you were not born then.  However, the Beijing Conference was a significant moment for women and girls around the world. Twenty years later, at CSW today´s young women continue the work begun in Beijing. Read the CSW 59 INFO for Girls, Boys and Young Adults prepared for you by Georgina Kelly.