Launched in November 2021 at the Women’s Forum Global Meeting, the Youth Voices Initiative welcomed 100 participants aged between 16 and 25 to take part in the event in person and 10 000 more online. At this occasion, the Women’s Forum Youth Community was created and gave the opportunity for international young representatives to connect between themselves, to enrich their professional networks and to benefit from guidance by the Women’s Forum community members.

Since then, the Youth Voices Initiative has grown to put forward Youth voices and allows youth representatives to be heard by international leaders. In June 2022, at the Women’s Forum Germany held in Berlin, 30 influential young people from G7 countries gathered in a workshop to build their messages to address to the Women’s Forum audience. On stage, 5 youth representatives had the opportunity to share their G7 Call to Action related to Climate, Health, Gender Biases, Future of Work and Feminist Diplomacy.

Eleonora Ricco, Marie-Alix Motte, Sheba George, Michael Katzovitz, Ann Ziegler

In September 2022, the Women’s Forum launched its Youth Lab:Tech4Women, an international challenge to get students to work together to build innovative solutions to reduce gender inequalities through tech solutions in 4 main areas: climate, health, entrepreneurship and Tech itself. This challenge took place online, in the form of a hackathon, and the 3 selected projects had the chance to pitch their project at the 2022 Women’s Forum Global Meeting.

On November 28th, the Women’s Forum 2022 Youth Ambassadors gathered during our Youth Workshop hosted by our partner Boston Consulting Group, to work on the Women’s Forum key themes at the intersection with gender equality: Climate, Health, Peace and STEM.

On March 29 2023, during our next Women’s Forum Washington event, 15 youth delegates will be selected and will benefit from a dedicated workshop. They will have access to the event and will have a chance to challenge the speakers during the panels.