For A More Equal World By 2063, Togolese Girls Recommend!
Youth Participation in the Generation Equality Campaign
The 1000 girls initiative in which six African countries are involved, including Liberia, Ghana, Guinea Conakry, Burkina-Faso, Benin and Togo, has already passed through the preparatory phase of country consultations with the 1000 selected girls.
This initiative is part of the celebration of the Beijing+25 action program which will be organized through a global forum and under the theme of the "Generation Equality" campaign during the year 2021 for reasons related to the health crisis. Togo, having taken the lead in this High Level Advocacy for the Equality Generation called When Africa Women Lead #AfricaGenerationEquality, through the UNFPA country office and under the leadership of the President of the Togolese National Assembly, is the first to have initiated regional consultations with its young girls.
From November 13 to 20, 2020, three virtual meetings and three physical consultations took place in Atakpamé, Kara and Lomé.
They are students, entrepreneurs, social workers, vocational trainers, girls living with disabilities or HIV/AIDS, girls and single mothers, midwives student, and opinion leaders, to take an active part in the exchanges and discussions that have turned around the themes:
the fight against the feminization of poverty through equal access to all economic opportunities
Access to sexual and reproductive health rights and services
The fight against violence and all forms of discrimination against girls and women,
Equal access to all levels of education, including in the field of new technologies,
Political representation in all decision-making bodies.
On these different themes, the girls expressed their views on the challenges they face on a daily basis, and took the opportunity to propose actions to be taken and to formulate recommendations for a more egalitarian and just world by 2063. They are more than committed to promoting and defending their rights, and especially to making their voices heard through the vision of the world they see in the next forty years.