#YoungWomenLeaders: World YWCA Virtual Panel Series


#Young Women Leaders Panel is an initiative launched by the World YWCA, to provide a space for leaders around the world to connect and discuss on different topics around leadership, sharing opinions, tips, raising issues and challenges that many young women face.

With the world facing unique health and economic crisis, online panels have gained popularity in the past few weeks, especially where physical distancing is a norm. However, a number of panels on COVID-19 and its impact in countries are led by men. Even if women are included, young women, who carry a wealth of experience from the forefront are rarely seen sharing their opinions and expertise.

As a global movement that engages with and mobilises women, young women, and girls, the World YWCA is committed to progressive, community-based leadership, particularly through programming that is led by and for young women. Young women have particularly harnessed technology systems to share their opinions, stories and insights from ground.

Women’s and young women’s leadership is critical in driving inclusive decision-making and activities for COVID-19 response and recovery, addressing women and girls’ particular needs during the crisis and engaging peers in safe spaces to share accurate information. The panel highlighted the need to consider inclusion, youth engagement, continuous advocacy and supporting vulnerable groups through social media engagement to ensure the gendered impact is reduced.  COVID-19 disproportionately affects women and girls, and their leadership is central to effective response and recovery efforts.

On 20 May, the World YWCA launched the first of a series of virtual panels dedicated to provide space for young women to share their opinions, realities and experiences titled #YoungWomenLeaders. This first online panel on COVID-19: Feminist Response in Communities, included the participation of four young women leaders from the YWCA movement working at the forefront to respond to the current global pandemic in their countries.

If you missed our panels, you can watch the recordings by clicking on the links below.

Panels recordings:


May 20: #YoungWomenLeaders Virtual Panel Series 1

Theme: Covid19- Feminist Response in Communities.


Dr. Suchi Gaur (World YWCA) 


Bobbie Trower (YWCA Australia), 

Dhiya Ann Mathew (YWCA India), 

Lidya Alamrew (YWCA Ethiopia) 

Aleksandra Sokolova (YWCA Belarus) 

Watch the Recording of the online panel 2 on COVID-19: Feminist Response in Communities Here

June 24: #YoungWomenLeaders Virtual Panel Series 2

Theme: COVID-19 Impact on Sexual and Reproductive Health & Rights and Mental Health.


Dr. Suchi Gaur (World YWCA)


Shakira Choonara (South Africa)

Patrycja Kupiec (YWCA Scotland)

Roni Shakya ( YWCA Nepal)

Watch the Recording of the online panel 2: COVID-19 Impact on Women’s SRHR and Mental Health


July 13: #YoungWomenLeaders Virtual Panel Series 3

Theme : What does it mean to be a young woman leader?

Moderator : Katrina Lee- Koo Monash University 


Betty Barkha PhD Candidate with Monash University

Gloria Maung MaungVice-President YWCA Myanmar

Mameaw Natkana  Kunasawat YWCA Thailand 

Watch the recording of the online panel 3: What does it means to be a young woman leader?



August 13: #YoungWomenLeaders Virtual Panel Series 4

Theme: Gender Based Violence during COVID-19 with The Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade of Australia

Moderator : Naomi Woyengu, World YWCA regional coordinator for RiseUp! in Asia and Pacific


Fusi Masina Ti’eti’e, YWCA of Samoa

Jeanette Frank, YWCA of PNG

Kalisito Vaeceece Biaukula, Fji

Closing Remarks: Sophie Fisher, Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade & YWCA Canberra

Watch the recording of the online panel 4 : Gender Based Violence during COVID-19 with The Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade of Australia


September 23: #YoungWomenLeaders Virtual Panel Series 5

Theme: Young Women Transforming Systems for Gender Equality and Social Justice in partnership with the Office of the UN Youth Envoy

Moderator: Jayathma WickramanayakeUnited Nations Secretary-General’s Envoy on Youth


Selina Salameh, YWCA Palestine

Laetitia Degraff, YWCA Haiti

Gabriela Miranda, YWCA Honduras

Elisha Rhodes, YWCA USA

Time:  8 AM Honduras, 10 AM New York / Haiti, 3:00 PM London, 4 PM Geneva, 5 PM Palestine

Watch the recording of the online panel 5: Young Women Transforming Systems for Gender Equality and Social Justice in partnership with the Office of the UN Youth Envoy

Upcoming Panel:

Stay tuned and follow World YWCA social media platforms and communication channels to learn more about upcoming #YoungWomenLeaders panels and help us spread the word.

October 23: #YoungWomenLeaders Virtual Panel Series 6

Theme: Staying home doesn’t mean staying safe from violence in partnership with Norwegian Church Aid

Moderator: Wafa Mudawi, Norwegian Church Aid


Nafula Wafula, Kenya

Sydney Piggott, Canada

Dr. Michelle Frank, India

Time: 4 pm Nairobi, 9 AM Toronto, 6:30 pm Delhi, 2:00 PM London, 3 PM Geneva.(Check your time zones)

The webinar will be streamed live on Facebook and hosted on Zoom Webinar.

Register to the Zoom panel : https://zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_jnuxKzOOT7GI7M99_O9Wew