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Women's World 2011 is committed to creating an intergenerational space where young women can participate meaningfully and equally at the conference. As part of that priority, the Young Women's Leadership Team (YWLT) was created in 2010 to encourage the participation of young women in the event and advise the congress on how to make the perspectives, wisdom, and leadership of young women a meaningful part of the organizing and program.
For these reasons, the YWLT wants to share with all participants of WW 2011 the following Intergenerational Guidelines (abridged). Created by the Girls Action Foundation, these guidelines are intended to inspire and create more inclusive environments at WW 2011.
A complete set of the guidelines can be downloaded below.
If you have any questions or want to know more about these guidelines or other YWLT initiatives, visit our page and/or connect with us by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
We look forward to seeing you in July in the traditional First Nations territory of the Algonquin nation.
- The Young Women's Leadership Team
All generations have something amazing and important to bring to the table. When creating moments and spaces for intergenerational exchange and learning, we are building communities that are better positioned to work towards transformative change. We are growing communities and societies that work towards justice and equity for all, and for those to come. Intergenerational spaces are important for many reasons. They offer:
Recognize that the large diversity of people in our networks is an important asset to the work that we do; their variety of life experiences enriches learning spaces.
In order to create inclusive and anti-oppressive spaces and programs, age is just one of many factors that need to be taken into account. Intergenerational spaces can help break stereotypes and prejudices related to age.
Intergenerational spaces create opportunities to truly build community based on everyone's contribution and complementary skills and talents. Creating community is especially important in an era that places so much emphasis on the individual.
Intergenerational spaces can build bridges that result in larger movements for social change. Imagine what is possible if all generations are engaged in an issue!
We all want our efforts for social justice to be strong now and in the future. Intergenerational connections increase the sustainability of social movements.
The past, present, and future of our movements are connected. Intergenerational spaces help us reflect on the past, look at the present, and plan for the future. Memories, experiences of what has worked well and what has not worked, stories, current and changing needs, new opportunities, emerging trends - every generation has something to learn and offer to the next.
Key Approaches to Creating Intergenerational Spaces
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