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Youth for
gender equality

It’s time to change the lens on gender equality in Canada with a youth-led approach

Traditionally, younger generations have been excluded from important discussions, though they are often the most deeply impacted by decisions that leaders make.

It’s time to look at gender inequality through the eyes of the young people in all their diversity who are most affected and ensuring their voices are heard, we can bring a more equal future into focus. We can do this by rallying behind Canada’s young people and the Youth-Led Roadmap for Gender Equality developed as part of the Youth for Gender Equality initiative.

In the Roadmap, youth from around Canada identified 20 immediate, actionable commitments that we can each make to advance gender equality in this country.

Download the roadmap


What is Youth for Gender Equality?

Youth for Gender Equality (YGE) is a three-year initiative co-led by Plan International Canada and the Canadian Teachers’ Federation (CTF-FCE). The initiative engages youth throughout Canada to spearhead progress towards the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goal 5 on gender equality.

How youth equality works

Youth for Gender Equality unites young people from coast-to-coast-to-coast, ages 14 to 24, and of all gender identities in conversations about how to create an equitable society for people of all genders, abilities and races, reflecting the values of reconciliation.

Youth for Gender Equality launched its ground-breaking report, Youth-Led Roadmap for Gender Equality: A Plan to Achieve Sustainable Development Goal 5 in Canada. The Roadmap is the first youth-led guide in Canada for advancing gender equality within our own families, communities, governments and workplaces.

More than 350 youth who are informed, powerful and committed to change participated in Dialogues throughout Canada.

Download the Youth-Led Roadmap for Gender Equality

  • This initiative aims to highlight the voices of individuals from marginalized communities and ensure they are the driving force behind the creation of the Roadmap.
  • Recommendations reflect the unique perspectives of over 300 diverse youth that lead us to challenge and change the social and cultural norms that have reinforced gender-based discrimination and violence in all its forms.
  • Hundreds of young people involved in this project represent Northern, Western, Central, and Eastern Canada, as well as various youth voices that have been traditionally excluded from policy making forums.

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Behind the scenes

How the Roadmap came together

Youth for Gender Equality is unique in its ‘for youth by youth’ approach. Youth are directly affected and involved in the dynamics of these policy-based discussions.

What you can do

Youth in Canada are leading the way - we must seize the moment and move from aspiration to action on gender equality in Canada.

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Commit to gender equality in your life and spheres of influence

Decide which attitudes, assumptions and behaviours you can change in your life for greater gender equality including supporting people in your life who are discovering their gender identity, changing the way you speak and react to sexual assault and choosing language inclusive of all genders.

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Advocate for change within the private sector, public institutions and government of all levels

Lobby for a commitment to one or more recommendations within the Roadmap. This can include committing to gender equality training within their leadership, providing leadership opportunities to individuals of all gender identities and many other tangible actions related to health, politics and education.

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Share your commitments on social media using #YouthForGenderEquality

Help us spread the word by letting us know how you're taking action. Share now or use the downloadable graphics below:


  Facebook |   Twitter |   Instagram

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Get Involved

For information on other ways to get involved, email us at:

In the Media

Press release | Media backgrounder


  • Why Was Youth for Gender Equality Launched?

  • How does Youth for Gender Equality work?

  • What is the Youth-Led Roadmap for Gender Equality?

A Note About Our Partners

Successful implementation of Youth for Gender Equality would not be possible without our strong collaborative partnerships. Our partners devote their time and expertise to engage young people in this project and show a commitment to advancing gender equality within Canada and beyond. We would like to thank them for their continued support in making this project a success!

Major Sponsorship


Steering Committee members

Plan Canada Canadian Teachers’ Federation Atlantic Council for International Cooperation Right to Play The Canadian Centre for Gender & Sexual Diversity NWAC-Logo

Primary Partners

Atlantic Council for International Cooperation Girl Guides of Canada Jays Care Foundation Right to play Right to play The Canadian Centre for Gender & Sexual Diversity Youth Advisory Council of Plan International Canada NWAC-Logo

Technical Advisors:

Global Goals Education Task Force Raising the RoofWe Matter

Secondary Partners

360⁰kids Alberta Council for Global Cooperation Girls Inc Next Gen Men Prime Minister’s Youth Council Members White Ribbon World Vision CanadaAlberta Council for Global Cooperation 2018-FRAFCA-Logo-FINAL