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The first cohort of young thought leaders have been recruited through UN Women’s flagship 30 for 2030 Network. The talented group of 32 gender-equality leaders aged 14-35 were recruited from 15 countries across Asia and the Pacific and will engage with the regional and country offices to provide expertise on youth and gender issues and will be supported by UN Women to co-design new campaigns and initiatives. Emerging ideas will engage new stakeholders and drive the mobilization of young people and civil society organizations around the region from a feminist perspective.

Members of the network represent diverse backgrounds and thematic areas of the gender-equality agenda. They bring collective experience in movement building and advocating for gender equality across a range of topics including women, peace, and security; ending gender-based violence; sexual and reproductive health rights; climate justice; political leadership and empowerment; the sustainable development goals; rural women; migration; labour policies; and technology and innovation. In addition to diversity of age, geographic representation, technical capacity, and thematic area of focus, the cohort is also representing balance across gender, disability and LGBTIQ+ backgrounds.

First recruits join “30 for 2030” initiative