Empowering Girls Is Key to Sustainable Development

In her remarks at a recent Wilson Center event in Washington, D.C., on sustainable development, Nyaradzayi Gumbonzvanda, General Secretary of the World YWCA, summed up the reason everyone was gathered there—to discuss strategies to empower young people, especially girls, as they transition into adulthood.  According to demographic data, she said, “The future is very young, and the future is very female.”

With this in mind, the panelists—Gumbonzvanda, IWHC President Françoise Girard, Benoit Kalasa of UNFPA, Bhupendra Sheoran of Youth-Centered Health Design, and Nicole Haberland of the Population Council—discussed why improving the lives of girls must be a priority for sustainable development. They discussed how achieving the goals of the 2030 Agenda rests largely upon how successful the world is in advancing  the rights of adolescent girls and their ability to thrive.

Watch video of the discussion and read more about this event here.

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