GenderEquality

2016 YouthCSW Declaration on Gender Equality and the Human Rights of Young Women and Girls

I was extremely honored to be part of the #YouthCSW Declaration on Gender Equality and the Human Rights of Young Women and Girls. In 2030, we, the youth, in all our diversities, want to see a fully inclusive world where….

  • We lead gender-just implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals.
  •  Young women and girls are at the table, making decisions on issues that affect us.
  • We are the last generation who can solve climate change.
  • We choose what happens to our bodies.
  • Youth of all genders live free from violence.
  • Young women and girls have built a peaceful world with other generations.
  • Opportunities, responsibilities and resources are equally shared.
  • Migrants are not victims of systemic injustice.
  • We are not sexual objects.
  • Faith leaders act upon faith principles to uphold our dignity.
  • We are not told who can play which sports.
  • Young men and boys are partners in sustaining gender equality.
  • Youth are civil society leaders at all levels.

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He For She: The mission of my life!

It was one of the great days of my life when I had an opportunity to volunteer during the launching ceremony of UN Women’s HeForShe campaign for gender equality in September last year. I was stunned to hear UN Women’s Goodwill Ambassador Ms. Emma Watson’s speech live at the United Nations headquarters.

She left us some questions to ask ourselves for standing up for gender equality and women empowerment, “If not me, who? If not now, when?”

These words went straight to my heart.

I was the man – number 84, to take the commitment to be a HeForShe after United Nations Secretary General Mr. Ban Ki-moon became the first ever signatory of this campaign.

As they say, every person makes a difference. I started utilizing my networks in Pakistan and worldwide. I asked my friends and fellow global citizens to be the ambassadors of this campaign and be the example for the youngsters and students in their country. Soon, HeForShe became my introduction. I always tell people that I am a HeForShe and a concerned global citizen.

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