2020 Africa Regional Youth Leader Summit For Gender Equality

Man Up Campaign, on the 10th Anniversary of its founding Summit, will be hosted by the Government of Uganda and organized by Education Forum Africa in partnership with Youth Alive Uganda. Youth Alive Uganda Program Director James Byarugaba is one of over 100 Man Up Campaign delegates from 24 countries to the first Summit. Since that first Summit in 2010, James has applied the gender lens to all Youth Alive Uganda Programs impacting around 75,000 youth per year. As James has modeled in Uganda the next wave will begin their journey on the Summit Theme: Taking the lead in promoting gender equality for sustainable development. The youth leaders were able to gain inspiration, insight, and connections to resources allowing them to help facilitate projects of their design in their community to promote gender equality.

"Gender equality is more than a goal in itself. It is a precondition for meeting the challenge of reducing poverty,
promoting sustainable development, and building good governance"
Kofi Annan – former United Nations Secretary-General.

The Summit in Fall 2020 will be 4-days long program of dialogue, workshops, institutional visits and capacity building sessions bringing youth between the age of 18-35 years, from social-political movements, business start-ups, social enterprises, civil society, international organizations, and public institutions. Aimed at engaging youth in tackling 17 Sustainable Development Goals according to their communities' needs through the gender lens SDG 5, discuss challenges they face and devise ways forward to address them. The Man Up Campaign G-SMART engagement framework and narratives can help intimate, engage, and organize activities in holistic models for each, community and country. When the participants go back to their respective communities with insights, they will be able to activate higher engagement of the whole youth population both young men and women to innovate and scale all sectors of their country's social, economic and cultural capacity.

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