Beijing+25 Asia-Pacific Youth Blog

The Beijing +25 Youth Blog is an online space for young activists from across Asia and the Pacific to raise their ideas, concerns and expectations in relation to gender equality and women’s empowerment. Every month, a youth’s submission is posted on the blog. Do you want to contribute to the blog? Find the submission guidelines here.

Malalai Mobariz. Photo: UN Women

by: Malalai Mobariz

When Malalai Mobariz, 30, first tried to rent a space for her café last year, she only made an oral agreement with the property owner. She went to get the key a week later, only to find that he had changed his mind and rented to someone else. Then in September, Mobariz attended UN Women’s Young Women’s Entrepreneurs Bootcamp in Mazar-e Sharif city in Balkh province. When Mobariz found another place and opened her café on 10 November, she made sure she had a signed contract with the property owner, a license for the business, and arrangements to pay taxes. Read more 

by: Soundarya Baskaran

Soundarya Baskaran, 20, lives in Venmankondan village of Tamil Nadu state in southern India and is a final-year mathematics student at Srinivasan College of Arts & Science. She is an advocate for ending menstruation stigma in India, an effort that aligns with United Nations Sustainable Development Goal 3 on good health and wellbeing, Goal 5 on gender equality and women's empowerment and Goal 6 on access to clean water and sanitation. Read more

by: Lucky

Lucky has worked as a volunteer for UN Women and other organizations, is participating in civil society groups seeking to end gender-based violence, and is promoting girls’ education in her community. In the future, she wants to be a political leader. Lucky’s story demonstrates United Nations Sustainable Development Goal 16 on promoting peaceful and inclusive societies, and Goal 5 on gender equality and women's empowerment. Read more

by: Shukria Yari

I have heard a lot of wrenching stories like a girl given away as a slave to settle a family dispute, a young woman traded to another family in exchange for a second wife for her father, a woman blamed for not giving birth to a baby boy. Read more

by: Shane Bhatla 

Twenty-five years ago, a young boy was born trapped in a body that wasn’t his. So on that one fateful day, as my bully shoved me into the wall of the library and pinned my arms there, I discovered I was gay and madly head over... Read more

by: Net Supatravanij

The idealistic vision of the world is always in stark contrast to reality. It’s easy to say, “I support this” or “I believe in that” but having the commitment and consistency to follow through with actions is a different story. Read more



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