Webinar: South-South Girl Power – My Voice, Our Equal Future Amidst COVID-19, 12 October 2020

October 9, 2020


2020 marks the twenty-fifth anniversary of the Fourth World Conference on Women, and of the adoption of the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action, intended to be ground-breaking for the acceleration of gender equality and empowerment of women and girls.

The COVID-19 pandemic has made inequalities even more evident, and revealed the shadow pandemic of gender-based violence. Under the theme of ‘My voice, Our equal future’, the 2020 International Day of the Girl Child provides an opportunity to reflect and engage on contemporary, challenging and complex issues impacting girls in their diversity across the globe. Whether under emergencies, conflicts or stable environments, girls remain at risk and vulnerable to systemic disadvantage, injustice, and abuse.

The United Nations Office for South-South Cooperation (UNOSSC) under its Youth4South Programme affirms the importance of partners in the Global South, particularly young people, in supporting each other and promoting contextually relevant and inclusive alternatives to guarantee sustainable peace and development. Many stakeholders have been called to invest in strengthening the capacities of grassroots communities, local and regional coordinating mechanisms to truly break the barriers around the positive agency of women, young women and girls.

This webinar will unpack the realities of girls in their diversity across the Global South, along with aspirations, commitments and recommendations for a more inclusive, enabling and strengthening world that leaves no one behind, during and beyond the COVID-19 crisis and the Decade of Action.


Organized through a collaboration between UNOSSC, UN Women, Major Group for Children and Youth, Friends for Leadership, ManUp Campaign, Business Woman Africa, I Stand With Girls, Success Capital Organisation, IYC4Peace, and WAGGS, the event will highlight success stories from the ground, in order to:
  • Seek renewed commitment from partners to support this nexus through the Beijing+25, and other related processes;
  • Draw insights on the best practices, opportunities and challenges faced by young women and girls in the Global South during the pandemic;
  • Work as a public information event, presenting creative, compelling and empowering stories, photographs, and videos from the ground.


1. Opening Inter-generational Dialogue: Gender and Age Mainstreaming in the New Normal
  • Moderator: Upasana Chauhan, UN Representative, ManUpCampaign
  • Dr. Ameena Al Rasheed, Senior Research and Programme Adviser at UNOSSC
2. Pecha Kucha Event: Storytelling from the Ground on Agency of Young Women and Girls Emcees: Naya Queen, Businesswoman Africa and Friends for Leadership; Dumiso Gatsha, Success Capital Organisation and UN MGCY
  • Ms. Katrina Sanchez, Germany
  • Ms. Sharifah Norizah, social entrepreneur, Malaysian Humanitarian Movement (MHM), Malaysia
  • Ms. Wakana Asano, digital transformation consultant, Japan
  • Ms. Amira Abohussein, program manager at the International Center for Religion & Diplomacy, Egypt
  • Ms. Rosario Garavito, founder and Chief Executive Director of The Millennials Movement and General Coordinator at the 2030 Agenda Citizens Ambassadors Program, Peru
3. Closing Call to Action:
  • Ms. Zoe Careltide, Board Member – SDG 5, Children and Youth International
  • Ms. Sylvia Wasike, UN Women
  • Ms. Carolina Puerta, Board Member – South South Council for Sustainable Development