WFUNA Young Leader of the Year

The World Federation of United Nations Associations (WFUNA) is a global nonprofit organization representing and coordinating a membership of over 100 national United Nations Associations.

WFUNA Young Leader of the Year

WFUNA supports and encourages youth engagement and participation in the United Nations Associations and United Nations Youth Associations around the world through the WFUNA Youth Network. With this initiative, we want to highlight the contributions of thousands of young people to our organization and share their achievements with a wider audience. In commemoration of International Youth Day 2018, we are launching call for nominations for WFUNA Young Leader of the Year.

How does it work?

Every year, WFUNA sets a theme and calls for nominations for young people from the WFUNA Youth Network working within that theme. From the nominations, the WFUNA Secretary-General and WFUNA Youth Advisory Council select three young leaders to be interviewed. After each nominee is interviewed, a final candidate will be selected as the WFUNA Young Leader of the Year. 

Who is an ideal WFUNA Young Leader of the Year?

A WFUNA Young Leader of the Year has to be able to inspire other youth looking to get involved in global issues. An ideal candidate shows:

  • Inspirational Leadership
  • Grassroots work on the theme of the year
  • Integrity and commitment towards improving the lives of others

In addition, the WFUNA Young Leader of the Year is:

  • Between 15-29 years old
  • A member of a United Nations Association or United Nations Youth Association

What is this year's theme?

The WFUNA Young Leader of 2018 will be focused on Sustainable Development Goal 5 aimed at achieving gender equality and empowering all women and girls. We encourage nominations of young people working to:

  • End all forms of discrimination against all women and girls everywhere
  • Eliminate all forms of violence against all women and girls in the public and private spheres, including trafficking and sexual and other types of exploitation
  • Eliminate all harmful practices, such as child, early and forced marriage and female genital mutilation
  • Recognize and value unpaid care and domestic work through the provision of public services, infrastructure and social protection policies and the promotion of shared responsibility within the household and the family as nationally appropriate
  • Ensure women's full and effective participation and equal opportunities for leadership at all levels of decision-making in political, economic, and public life
  • Ensure universal access to sexual and reproductive rights as agreed in accordance with the Programme of Action of the International Conference on Population and Development and the Beijing Platform for Action and the outcome documents of their review conferences
  • Undertake reforms to give women equal rights to economic resources, as well as access to ownership and control over land and other forms of property, financial services, inheritance and natural resources, in accordance with national laws
  • Enhance the use of enabling technology, in particular information and communications technology, to promote the empowerment of women
  • Adopt and strengthen sound policies and enforceable legislation for the promotion of gender equality and the empowerment of all women and girls at all levels

What will I do as WFUNA Young Leader of the Year?

Apart from being able to state proudly that you have been selected as WFUNA Young Leader of 2018, you will:

  • Participate in WFUNA’s awareness raising campaigns and advocacy efforts 
  • Possibility of engaging in panel discussions, workshops, training sessions facilitated by WFUNA on the implementation of Goal 5
  • Free participation in WFUNA’s programs, such as the Human Rights Youth Training in Geneva, WIMUN 2019, etc.

Submissions

Please submit your nominations through this form.

Deadline for Submissions: 9 September 2018

*Deadline is extended until 16 September 2018*

Questions?

If you have any questions send us an email to youth@wfuna.org

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