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G.I.F.T.E.D. Women

Great ideas for transformation, empowerment and development of women

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The population of young women and men in the world has never been so large, and while this presents us with challenges as well as tremendous opportunity, it is vital that gender inequity and inequality are urgently addressed if we are to equip every young person with the tools they need to achieve his or her potential. It is 2017! But even so, and despite the huge progress that has been made, young women are still disproportionately affected by global issues such as violence, access to education and decent employment, access to appropriate healthcare, equal representation at a government level, and participation in decisions relevant to their lives. The theme of this year’s International Youth Day on 12 August was ‘Youth Building Peace’. And we don’t have to look far to find the many inspirational young women braving the path to peace through their initiatives and activism. Young women like Nobel Peace Prize Laureate, Malala Yousafzai, who continues her fight for girls’ rights to education. Or the newly appointed UN Secretary-General’s Special Envoy on Youth, Jayathma Wickramanayake, and her work advocating for the rights of youth all over the world. Or the young women that make up our UNESCO Youth Community-leading initiatives in education, peace-building, science, culture and communication all over the world. This edition of Gifted Women is dedicated to them and their ground-breaking work and, I hope, highlights why it is essential that we continue to support young women if we are to achieve true equality and the sustainable development agenda. 

Nada Al-Nashif
Assistant Director-General for Social and Human Sciences

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Pedro Manuel Monreal Gonzalez, pm.monreal-gonzalez(at)unesco.org

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