Join us in welcoming a new class of Women Deliver Young Leaders: 300 young changemakers from around the world who are committed to advancing gender equality.

During a historic moment when women and young people are on the frontlines of both the COVID-19 response and worldwide protests for racial justice, Women Deliver is honored to welcome 300 new individuals to the Women Deliver Young Leaders Program.

Women Deliver selected all the Young Leaders for their potential to have a lasting impact on the lives of girls and women. As a group, they have already driven tangible progress on a wide range of issues, including sexual and reproductive health and rights, maternal health, LGBTQIA+ rights, peace and security, water and sanitation, gender-based violence, education, political participation, and youth engagement.

We cannot wait to see what they achieve next. 

Young Leaders at Multi-Country Workshop
A Focus on Diversity

Women Deliver Young Leaders Class of 2020 represents young advocates from all over the world and a range of identities and advocacy experience. We will need young people in all their diversity to help fuel our shared movement for gender equality. The new class represents 96 countries and collectively speaks 126 languages and dialects. It also represents groups that have often been marginalized, including:

  • 60 who belong to a religious or ethnic minority group
  • 29 who belong to an indigenous community
  • 94 who identify as LGBTQIA+
  • 8 living with HIV
  • 15  people with disabilities
  • 57 adolescents 
  • 18 who have been forcibly displaced from their community or country
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This was the program’s most competitive application process yet, with more than 5,600 applications from 167 countries for 300 spots – nearly double the applications received in the previous application round. 

Over the next two years, these 300 remarkable Young Leaders will receive training and resources to extend their influence and actively shape programs and policies that affect the health and rights of girls, women, and young people.

“As we witness young people responding to both new crises and old injustices, it’s clear that their leadership is fundamental to meaningful change. The Women Deliver Young Leaders Program is here to partner with young people, elevate their leadership, amplify their voices, and share knowledge and resources during this unprecedented time and beyond.”

Katja Iversen, President/CEO, Women Deliver

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