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.

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!

Membership in the Young Women’s Alliance brings with it an enormous number of opportunities to gain the knowledge, skills and a platform to speak up make real and decisive change.

Lucy’s speech above is just one of the ways to get involved. She has also shared a vlog about what it was like to be enabled by us to speak at an event with us and leading women’s organisations such as Fawcett, Girlguiding, the University of Exeter, Fearless Futures and more in September 2017.

We regularly enable young people to come together and learn about gender equality and how they can make real change in their everyday lives, as well as share their achievements with their communities, governments and at the United Nations. Check out just some of the amazing opportunities a membership with the YWA gives you:

  • YWA blog
  • YWA Advance
  • YWA at CSW
Read about the success of our newest programme, YWA Advance, in 2016 to get a flavour of what it is we do and how to get involved in the future. YWA Advance is our newest programme supporting young feminist activists to gain the knowledge, skills and capacity to call for their rights, using the Sustainable Development Goals as a tool.

And you can read all about our delegates’ experiences in YWA Advance, at the United Nations’ Commission on the Status of Women, and more more on their blog here!

Interested? Get in touch at and gain access to all of our events, connections and opportunities to make change in the UK, Europe and internationally!

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

We would love to hear from you and welcome you into our community. 

Other ways to get involved

> 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. See areas we’re building information sets on below if in need of any inspiration!

> As part of keeping Beijing alive 20 years on, share what it means to you and add your voice here.

Work relating to Beijing+20, female-headed households, women’s rights specifically in Iraq, and rape in war, are areas which we are building information sets on currently. However we are very interested to hear about and share anything fantastic you’re doing so please let us know, whatever it may be!

Social Media
> We are committed to sharing any opportunities young people or those working with young people may be interested in; follow @NAWOYouth and @NAWOorg for more information.

Still not sure?

Read our blog to hear our latest news, views and youth-related opportunities or take a look at our previous successes:

  •  Our Young Women’s Manifesto, created by the young women who benefitted from our training program and presented to the candidates of the 2014 European elections.
  • Some examples of past events at which YWA members have spoken: Why Gender should be on Europe’s Agenda – Young Women’s Manifesto’. Presenting NAWO’s Manifesto of young people’s demands which was presented to MEP candidates. Read about this project here.
  • ‘The Importance of Getting Involved in Politics’ at home and globally. Held in the House of Commons in partnership with WFWP Youth, Young Women’s Global Voices, this event involved 80 young people, Heidi Alexander MP, campaigners and members of the NAWO YWA. Read more here.
  • Why Gender should be on Europe’s Agenda, at Amnesty International, sponsored by the ESRC as part of its Festival of Social Science.  and ‘Developing the UK lead on international policy on rape as a weapon of war’, co-sponsored by NAWO and held in the Houses of Parliament (Portcullis House) with the Global Justice Center; 2 members of the NAWO YWA spoke there too.
  • Is Britain Fairer? Through the lens of women and girls – with the Equality and Human Rights Commission, Baroness Prosser and Baroness Hodgson

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