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Women Deliver Announces New Cohort of 200 Young Leaders

For more information, please contact:

Lindsay Menard-Freeman
Senior Manager, Youth Program & Advocacy
lmenardfreeman@womendeliver.org

New York, NY, 1 May 2015 – Women Deliver is happy to announce the selection of 200 new and exceptional young advocates who will join the organization’s Young Leaders Program—a three-year fellowship opportunity for young people under the age of 30 who are working to advance the health, rights, and wellbeing of girls and women around the world. The new Young Leaders come from over 94 countries and work on a variety of issues, including family planning, HIV/AIDS, gender-based violence, and youth leadership and participation.

“Becoming a Women Deliver Young Leader is an amazing opportunity to learn, participate, and network with other amazing young advocates from all around the world,” said Young Leader Sarah Ashaya Soysa from Sri Lanka, who has been a peer educator for 6 years. This is an ideal platform to build a strong movement together and stand for what we believe, in solidarity.”

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.

"The work of the Women Deliver Young Leaders inspires me every day,” says Katja Iversen, the CEO of Women Deliver. “They are the change agents of the present AND the future, making progressive change in their communities, their countries, and internationally, with an unbelievable amount of energy and dedication.”

Many of the Young Leaders are now working in civil society organizations, sitting on boards, speaking at global high-level events, and changing their communities. The new cohort of Young Leaders will begin their first e-course in June on human rights, global health, advocacy, and communications, and will come together at the May 2016 Women Deliver Conference, in Copenhagen, where they will be an integral part of the conversations taking place on a wide range of issues.

For more information about the Young Leaders Program, please visit www.womendeliver.org/youngleaders.

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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.

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    • May 04
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    I’m thrilled to be part of this program, looking forward to meeting all the Young Leaders.

  1. I must congratulate everyone of you for this amazing opportunity. You all deserve it and must use it in enhancing your projects. Congratulations!

    • May 05
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    I did my best to apply for this scholarship, its unfortunate that I was not picked. All the best you guys who have been selected, next I will definitely join you.

  2. Thank you for accepting me to this program. I’m so proud to be one of 200 selected #WDYLP 2015.

    Can’t wait to network, work together as a group, and meet the other participant around the world!

  3. It’s a great opportunity for me. I will do something for my community. I am a young person, I can change everything. I am a change maker. Just need proper direction & knowledge.

    • May 06
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    Congrats everyone!!! Looking forward to hearing about the work of Young Leaders at home and abroad.

    • May 06
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    Thank you for accepting me to this interesting program. I’m so proud to be one of 200 selected #WDYLP .

    • May 06
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    Am so thrilled to be part of the 2015 cohort. Looking forward to an exciting journey.

    • May 06
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    The Women Deliver Young Leaders Program is a wonderful opportunity for any youth involved in promoting girls’ and women’s rights, health and general well-being. I am very thankful to God to be part of this team to serve girls and women.

    • May 11
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    I was waitlisted, but not picked for YLP. I feel happy to have made it to the waitlist! Will try again next year. Congratulations to the winners.

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