Approximately half of the world’s population is under 25. In many countries, youth under the age of 20 account for one third of the population. The Women’s Learning Partnership believes that young women have an instrumental role in shaping the futures of their societies, and have much to contribute.
Our Young Women's Learning Partnership (YWLP) initiative focuses on developing the leadership capacities of young women and girls to equip them with the skills necessary to build just and peaceful societies, to develop collective solutions to the challenges they face in their communities, and to contribute to the women’s movement. We accomplish this through mentoring and training young women leaders to advocate for themselves and their futures, as well as to transform intergenerational relations in order to augment the voices and contributions of young women.
Youth Leadership Manual
The YWLP initiative focuses on engaging young women and girls in a leadership learning process that is participatory, inclusive, and respectful of diversity. WLP’s Yes I Can: Leadership for Teens manual reflects this ethic of leadership and was adapted for young women and girls in cooperation with partners in Jordan and Bahrain.
The manual case studies include highly interactive exercises. Training workshops based on these manuals are engaging the young women and girls to create a shared vision, build consensus, strengthen their communication skills, and create action plans to achieve common goals.
Alerts & Updates
October 9, 2012
Asia, Human Rights, Malala Yousuf Zai, Pakistan, Peace Activist, Stop Violence Against Women, Taliban, Victories over Violence, Young & Emerging Leaders, Pakistan
Statement by WLP Pakistan/Aurat Foundation on Attack on Peace Activist Malala Yousuf Zai
June 27, 2011
Claiming Equal Citizenship, Family Law Reform, Middle East, Bahrain, Young & Emerging Leaders, Yes I Can
Bahrain Women Association - for Human Development (BWA) is a nonprofit organization dedicated to empowering women to actively participate in public life, and to maximize their contribution to Bahrain’s democratic transition. Through activities including training workshops and seminars, radio and television programs, advocacy campaigns and networking, BWA promotes active citizen participation among women. Officially established in 2001, the vision of BWA is "to empower leaders for the human development era."
April 7, 2011
Africa, Leading to Action, nigeria, political participation, women in politics, Political Participation, Young & Emerging Leaders, Nigeria
On February 7-13, 2011, BAOBAB for Women's Human Rights held a political education training for young women in Kogi State, Nigeria, using WLP's political participation manual Leading to Action. The training promoted gender sensitive culture within academic institutions, shared the principles of horizontal leadership, promoted women's visibility and involvement in strategic decision making positions, and contributed to building the self-esteem and confidence of participants to act as leaders in challenging situations.
November 11, 2010
Middle East, eNews 27, ICT for Social Change, Young & Emerging Leaders, Jordan
Asma Khader surrounded by participants at Youth Tech Festival II
In 2009, WLP’s First Annual Youth Tech Festival brought 110 young men and women from all over Jordan to Amman to acquire hands-on skills in using emerging technologies to advocate for social change. The nine-woman technology training team coached the young adults in creating their own engines of social change.Worldwide, young people are using YouTube, Facebook, Twitter, website creation and blogging to connect and talk about the world they want to see and will have to live in.