GEF Young Feminist Manifesto
A bold and transformative vision for change
The Generation Equality Forum (GEF) process has an ambitious vision and objective to accelerate progress towards gender equality and intersectional justice. It aims to fuel powerful and lasting Action Coalitions (ACs) to achieve transformative change for generations to come. And it promises to be a Civil Society-driven process that centers young feminists, placing them in the “driving seat”. The GEF clearly acknowledges the crucial role youth plays in achieving its ambitious goals and realising its vision and objectives.
However, the unfolding of the GEF to date has left most of the Youth Task Force (YTF) and youth-led organizations and activists frustrated, as in practice it seems that the GEF is a partner to youth in spirit, but not in actions. The implementation of its ambitious vision is falling behind our expectations, particularly around these areas:
- Youth leadership and co-ownership
- Feminist leadership
- Intersectionality/ intersectional approach
- Transformative design and leadership
The Young Feminist Manifesto was born from the concerns of young people regarding the clarity of our engagement in the GEF, and the need to organize ourselves to discuss what true youth leadership entails and how we envision young feminist leadership in this process. It seeks to offer a young, intersectional feminist vision for the GEF and the ACs, as well as some concrete recommendations to positively impact the GEF/ACs and make it a truly feminist, transformative and intersectional space and process. It has been co-created by young feminists from the Action Coalitions leaders, the Generation Equality Youth Task Force (YTF), young feminists from the global Civil Society Advisory Group (CSAG), Mexican CSAG and French CSAG as well as the National Gender Youth Activists (NGYAs) in February-March 2021.
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