Girls are taking their vision to the United Nations -
In September all member states of the United Nations will come together, as they do every year, to work through issues of international importance. This year COVID-19, and recovery and rebuilding, will be a core focus.
The voices of young people, and particularly girls, must be included in these discussions.
Our pre-COVID-19 world undeniably failed girls and young women, in all their diversities. It failed to protect them, empower them, and it failed to listen to them. These failures have been exacerbated by the pandemic - with girls being removed from school, experiencing widening inequality, weaknesses in health, welfare and education systems and heightened levels of violence and child marriage.
Youth in Australia and Vietnam have conducted research that shows young people, particularly girls and young women, are hearing, seeing and experiencing these challenges. But their research also shows that young people know what a better world looks like. And they know a better world is possible.