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.
In September 2022, the Women’s Forum will launch 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 will take place online, in the form of a hackathon, and the selected projects will then have the chance to pitch their project at the Women’s Forum Global Meeting taking place in Paris on 29-30 November 2022.
At this occasion, the Youth Voices Initiative will again welcome 100 in person Youth representatives to take part in the event and join a dedicated workshop as well as unlimited youth representatives online.