Innovative and Exciting Young Leaders Program Opens for New Applicants

Lindsay Menard-Freeman, Manager, Advocacy & Communications

January 15, 2015, New York, NY – Women Deliver announces the opening of the application process for their new Young Leaders Program (YLP). The YLP is a three-year fellowship opportunity for young people under the age of 30 who are working to advance the health, rights, and well-being of girls and women around the world.

Women Deliver seeks to harness the untapped potential of youth advocates who are passionate about maternal, sexual, and reproductive health and rights. From 2010 to 2014, Women Deliver supported 200 Young Leaders from over 68 countries by offering workshops, online learning communities, scholarships to key events, seed grant funding, and high-level networking, speaking, and media opportunities. Many of these young leaders are now working in established civil society organizations, sitting on boards, speaking at global high-level events, and changing their communities.  

Women Deliver believes that the health and rights of young people must be made a priority, and that young people themselves have the potential to be powerful spokespeople on their own needs, as well as agents of change transforming policies, programming, and their societies for the better. In April 2014, Women Deliver convened a planning meeting with approximately 10 members of the Youth Working Group – an advisory group comprised of representatives from youth-led, youth-serving, and youth-focused organizations and networks – to build on the success of past Young Leader work and lay the foundation for the new program. A recent independent evaluation highlighted the organization’s innovative YLP, calling it "exciting, worthwhile, and full of potential."

"The Women Deliver Young Leaders are amazing,” says Katja Iversen, Women Deliver CEO. “They inspire and make change happen for girls and women in their communities, in their countries, and internationally. Women Deliver is proud to help hone these young people's skills and provide opportunities for them to shine and act."

”One of the highlights of being a Women Deliver Young Leader was the opportunity to speak on a panel with Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, Executive Director of UN Women, and Graca Machel, Board Chair for the Partnership for Maternal, Newborn, and Child Health (PMNCH), during the United Nations General Assembly this past September,” said Women Deliver Young Leader Nargis Shirazi of Uganda. “It was exciting to be able to underscore the importance of including young people in conversations about global health and development at such a high-level event."

In addition to opening the application process for the YLP, Women Deliver is also inviting young people under the age of 30 around the world to apply for a youth scholarship to attend the next Women Deliver Conference on 16-19 May 2016 in Copenhagen, Denmark. The majority of Young Leaders and youth scholarship recipients will be selected from developing countries. The application process will be open until 1 March 2015.

Women Deliver’s conference will be the first large global opportunity to bring together world leaders, advocates, policymakers, journalists, researchers, and young people, to strategize about the implementation of the post-2015 Sustainable Development Goals and what it will mean for girls, women, and global development. The Young Leaders will be integrated throughout and visible during the entire conference.

For more information about the Young Leaders Program and youth scholarships, including how to apply, please visit or contact

Vital support from corporations and governments has allowed Women Deliver to provide young people with the opportunity to enhance their skills and knowledge, and advocate for maternal, sexual, and reproductive health and rights. We are proud to acknowledge the extraordinary generosity of our contributors, including Danida, Johnson & Johnson, The Netherlands, NORAD, and WomanCare Global.


About Women Deliver:

As a leading, global advocate for girls’ and women’s health, rights, and wellbeing, Women Deliver brings together diverse voices and interests to drive progress in maternal, sexual, and reproductive health and rights. We build capacity, share solutions, and forge partnerships, together creating coalitions, communication, and action that spark political commitment and investment in girls and women. For more information, visit


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    • Jan 22
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    I am glad that finally, as a woman, my views get to be aired. For so many years, we have been oppressed and looked down upon and right now my time as a woman has come. Change is my goal and I am starting right now. Thank you for giving me a voice.

  1. I am Ms. Goma Devi Bastola, age 25, and president of Rural Women’s Network Nepal (RUWON Nepal). I am facing so many unexpected questions about my role and work in a large organization. Now, I am really excited to know about Women Deliver’s great forum for the young leaders around the world. In the future, I hope I will get the chance to share my working experiences through the international forum to get more power and energy in my work here in Nepal.

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