5-6 JUNE 2018 / Tour & Taxis / Brussels

#All4SDG5: Young Leaders driving gender equality

Special Event
Tuesday, June 5, 2018
14:00 to 15:30

One Young World is a global platform for young leaders changing the world. Leading by example, One Young World Ambassadors and fellow young leaders from the AU-EU Youth Plug-In Initiative, Young Mediterranean Voices and EDD Young Leaders will share their experiences of launching initiatives to enhance equality. The young panellists will share their progress across various issues of gender equality - focusing on education, economic empowerment, gender-based violence and political inclusion - and challenge the audience to advance equality in their everyday lives. 

We are honoured to be joined in this discussion by High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Federica Mogherini, Minister Advisor to the President of Senegal Youssou N'Dour and Director-General of UNESCO Audrey Azoulay. 

Key points

  • Education must be put at the heart of the political agenda worldwide.
  • Women should have equal access to economic opportunities.

  • The idea that gender-based violence is wrong must become mainstream thinking.

  • Stereotypes that women, especially young women, should not become political leaders must be eradicated.


Gender equality must start with education, a fundamental human right. The priority is to find actions and policies to accomplish this goal.


For example, the United Nations Education, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO) is aiming to promote education in and outside schools. One specific UNESCO project in 25 countries, “Better Life, Better Future”, aims to increase girls’ access to primary schools and help them continue into secondary education. Another key future goal is to prioritise the right for education in emergency situations.


It is also essential to change a culture where it is not seen as important for women to go to school as men – as their role is to get married – instead of hiding behind cultural differences in developing countries. In addition, girls should be educated to support their local community.


Women must be treated equally at work instead of being paid less for doing


Men must be seen as part of the solution to solving gender equality. For ultimately, they too will benefit.

Organised by


Elman Ilwad
Director of Programs and Development
Elman Peace Centre
Farhad Wajdi
Young Leader - Afghanistan
Federica Mogherini
High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy / Vice-President
European Commission
Christian Scharling
Institut d'études politiques de Paris
Ousmane Ba
Founder and President
Girl Child Project
Lina Khalifeh
Nondumiso Hlophe
Founding Curator & Director
Global Shapers Community: Mbabane Hub
Youssou N'Dour
Artist, Composer and Business Leader
Super Etoile , GFM
Stefania Giannini
Assistant Director-General for Education
United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO)