Andrea, Alice and Maha shared their work as women human rights defenders with government officials and UN Special Representative on Sexual Violence in Conflict Zainab Bangura. The young activists also met with local and international partners—including Human Rights Watch and the NGO Working Group on Women, Peace and Security—to exchange strategies for promoting women’s rights in Guatemala, South Sudan and Sudan. Nobel Laureate Jody Williams also spent time with the young women to share her experience as an activist.
While in New York Andrea, Alice and Maha also participated in events surrounding the United Nations Climate Summit. They heard about the impacts of climate change in First Nations’ communities from indigenous women activists Crystal Lameman and Casey Camp-Horinek. On September 21, the young activists stood in solidarity with over 310,000 people demanding climate justice at the People’s Climate March.