First recruits join “30 for 2030” initiative


New network places youth at the centre of gender equality in Asia and the Pacific

First recruits join “30 for 2030” initiative

Bangkok – The first cohort of young thought leaders have been recruited through UN Women’s flagship 30 for 2030 Network. The talented group of 32 gender-equality leaders aged 14-35 were recruited from 15 countries across Asia and the Pacific, and will engage with the regional and country offices to provide expertise on youth and gender issues and will be supported by UN Women to co-design new campaigns and initiatives. Emerging ideas will engage new stakeholders and drive the mobilization of young people and civil society organizations around the region from a feminist perspective.


Members of the network represent diverse backgrounds and thematic areas of the gender-equality agenda. They bring collective experience in movement building and advocating for gender equality across a range of topics including: women, peace, and security; ending gender-based violence; sexual and reproductive health rights; climate justice; political leadership and empowerment; the sustainable development goals; rural women; migration; labour policies; and technology and innovation. In addition to diversity of age, geographic representation, technical capacity, and thematic area of focus, the cohort is also representing balance across gender, disability and LGBTIQ+ backgrounds.

Meet the 30 for 2030 Network, 2022 – 2023

The first cohort will kick off their year-long engagement with UN Women this month. Applications will remain open throughout the year, and a new group will be recruited in 2023 following a review of feedback and lessons learned.

About 30 for 2030

UN Women ROAP launched the 30 for 2030 initiative as a youth leadership network that brings together young decision-makers, eminent civic and business innovators, feminists, entrepreneurs, technology pioneers, educators, activists, artists, journalists, and more. The 30 for 2030 thought leaders and experts are change makers determined to accelerate progress toward the 2030 Agenda from a feminist perspective, break down gender barriers, and make gender equality a working reality in their spheres of influence. The network will act as an advisory community and an accelerator of exceptional people with the vision, courage, and influence to drive positive change for a gender-equal world.

For more information on the network, click here.