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Youth for gender equality

Gender equality is not an issue for girls and women; it is an issue for all human beings.
Gender equality affects us all.

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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 that will engage youth from across Canada to convene and discuss how to spearhead progress towards United Nations Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 5. YGE works with partners across Canada to unite young people, of all gender identities between the ages of 14 and 24, in conversations on how to create an equitable society for people of all genders, abilities and races, reflecting the values of reconciliation.

The goals of YGE are to:

  1. Create a youth-led SDG implementation plan on gender equality (SDG 5)
  2. Provide platforms for youth to share their SDG-implementation plan to responsive and engaged decision makers
 

 

Why was Youth for Gender Equality Launched?

As part of the United Nations’ new sustainable development agenda, the Sustainable Development Goals are a set of 17 goals to end poverty, protect the planet, and ensure prosperity for all by the year 2030. Achieving SDG 5, Gender Equality, depends not only on the commitment of Canada’s federal government, but also on the leadership of youth from across the country.

 
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HOW does Youth for Gender Equality Work?

The ultimate objectives of YGE are to:

  1. Facilitate national dialogues: To engage youth in a national conversation on how to achieve SDG 5
  2. Formulate recommendations: To support youth in developing recommendations to decision-makers and identifying actions in Canada that the youth themselves can take to challenge harmful gender norms
  3. Provide platforms for youth: To provide opportunities for decision-makers to listen and respond to youth-led recommendations on realizing the SDG goal on gender equality in Canada and through Canada’s foreign policy abroad
  4. Stimulate ownership and receptivity of political leaders: To gather data to feed into the implementation plan and encourage elected officials of all parties to take up recommendations of the SDG implementation plan
  5. 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!
 
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We are looking to expand our partnership to reach out to more youth!
Interested in partnering or learning more?
Contact us aT youth@plancanada.ca

Major Sponsorship

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Steering Committee members

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

Primary Partners

Atlantic Council for International Cooperation Foundation for Environmental Stewardship 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

Technical Advisors:

Global Goals Education Task Force Raising the Roof Save the Children

Secondary Partners

360⁰kids Alberta Council for Global Cooperation Girls Inc Next Gen Men Prime Minister’s Youth Council Members White Ribbon World Vision Canada