Women Deliver, with partners, will provide the following opportunities for young leaders:
- Youth Pre-conference: Through a global scholarship program, Women Deliver will offer support to '100 Young Leaders' from 68 different countries to participate in a 'Youth Pre-Conference' before the Women Deliver 2013 conference. The pre-conference will build advocacy, communications, and media skills, and offer opportunities to network with peers and mentors.
- Young Parliamentarians Forum: The Forum will convene young parliamentarians to discuss sexual and reproductive health and rights and identify advocacy and policy actions that can be implemented in-country. An advocacy resource for parliamentarians will be created for use following the conference.
- E-Course: This scalable e-learning opportunity will include several weeks of training on maternal health issues, advocacy approaches, funding frameworks, etc. This training will also include a training-of-trainers component.
- Professional Allies Program: This mentorship component matches young people with more senior leaders in various sexual and reproductive health-related fields and sectors. For the 2013 conference, matches will be facilitated several months prior to ensure the youth and their 'professional ally' ample time to network and learn from each other at the conference. We will also connect the 2013 class with the 2010 class of 100 Young Leaders.
The Women Deliver staff will use expertise in advocacy, communications and technical topics related to reproductive health to lead capacity building activities. The Women Deliver conference and website provide a platform for young people to practice their skills, share their knowledge and make connections. Women Deliver will create additional online fora (Listservs, Facebook Groups, blogs, etc.). Women Deliver's relationships with media will provide opportunities for op-eds, articles, and media coverage.
Through this commitment, young leaders will receive the following skills: Basic and intermediate advocacy skills; ICT (Information and Communications Technology); Technical skills related to maternal health and SRHR; Networking; and Social media skills.
Create and convene Youth Working Group, composed of partner youth-led and youth-serving organizations
Create online fora (listservs, Facebook Groups, blogs, etc.) for 100 Young Leaders to engage
Receive blog posts from young leaders on World Contraception Day (Sept 26, 2012)
October- December 2012
Begin E-course concept development (October)
Begin Professional Allies concept development and outreach (October)
Outreach to young leaders re: International Day of the Girl Child (October 11, 2012)
Finalize Professional Allies program, including outreach (November)
Begin building e-course (December)
January 2013 - March 2013
Develop and implement Professional Allies, including outreach (January)
Develop E-course (January)
Finalize E-Course (February)
Connect 100 Young Leaders with Allies (February)
Begin E-course implementation (March)
Outreach to young leaders on International Women's Day (March 8, 2013)
E-Course wrap-up, first round of evaluation
Professional Allies Program Launched
Launch Young Parliamentarians Forum
Summer 2013 - Fall 2013
Monitor and Evaluate Youth Pre-Conference, Professional Allies Program, E-Course and Young Parliamentarians Forum (July and August)
Outreach to young leaders on World Contraception Day - September 26, 2013
Outreach to young leaders on International Day of the Girl Child - October 11, 2013
Maintain communication platforms for youth, including listservs, Facebook Group
One Year Follow up - convene meeting
In much of the developing world, complications related to pregnancy, childbirth, and unsafe abortion are among the leading causes of death and injury for young women ages 15 through 19. Yet young peoples' voices, perspectives and human rights are not integrated into policies, programs and funding priorities that affect their sexual and reproductive lives.
Since Women Deliver's initial engagement with youth, the organization has created the 100 Young Leaders Program and a Youth Working Group, which serve as the backbone of Women Deliver's youth engagement. During the 2012 regional consultations, young leaders from each region were invited a day prior to the main consultation for training and strategizing. Following the consultation in Kampala, Uganda specifically, young leaders took great initiative to establish platforms for continued communication, advocacy and information-sharing.
Women Deliver seeks to bolster leadership among young advocates by 1) increasing awareness among young people of MDG5, maternal and reproductive health 2) building their capacity and skills as advocates and leaders, and 3) giving them opportunities to connect to, educate, and influence decision-makers, media, and their peers. In 2012, Women Deliver will expand the youth component of its programming by scaling up its engagement with a diverse cohort of young people early in their careers.