Young Women’s Alliance

Welcome to the NAWO Young Women’s Alliance (YWA) Page!

We are a group of young women and men under 25 from around the UK passionate about achieving gender equality. We specialise in supporting young advocates to understand their rights and have the confidence to call for them, especially using legal frameworks as tools for change.

The YWA meets every month by zoom and aims to create a space where young women can hear from experts on key issues that are important in their lives.  Each session has breakout rooms to enable discussion in smaller groups and a long question and answer section so that everyone has a chance to give their opinions and ask for further information. As a result of the sessions, action groups can also be formed.  The event last year on Women, Peace and Security led to the reinvigoration of the WPS Network and they are become briefed on all aspects of the WPS agenda so that they can participate in the UK consultation on the 1325 Action Plan.

For more information on the Beijing Platform for Action please click here NAWO & the Beijing Platform for Action

Here is the report on our July meeting

So far, the YWA has been briefed on women in decision making, the environment, institutional mechanisms, the environment and education.

See where NAWO’s Young Women’s Alliance can take you by watching Lucy Cole, one of our Young Women’s Alliance delegates, in her speech below! Or read her blog about what speaking as a YWA member meant to her.

Members enjoy access to regular opportunities to speak up and be heard at the local, national and international levels alongside leading individuals, organisations and decision-makers, some of which are shared here:

  • YWA blog
  • YWA Advance
  • YWA at CSW
Read about delegates’ experiences on their blog, from speaking at the UK parliament in YWA Advance, our newest programme or at the United Nations’ Commission on the Status of Women to get a flavour of our work.

Interested in getting involved? Join our mailing list to gain access to all of our events, connections and opportunities to lead in the UK, Europe and internationally! We’re also on socials as @NAWOYouth.

We’re always interested in ways to grow our YWA network and share and create opportunities for young people, so please let us know if you or your organisation are doing anything that you’d like us to share by emailing

Blogging opportunity:
> We’d love to support any budding bloggers – send a brief description of your idea (think feminism, young people, politics, etc) to if you’re interested. 

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