On 17 March 2018, youth-led and youth-serving networks and organizations, including those from indigenous and rural communities, civil society partners and UN Women came together to host a Youth Dialogue in New York during the 62nd session of the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW62). The event provided a critical safe space for youth to discuss the persisting challenges brought about by unequal and unjust systems that pose barriers to achieving the full rights and empowerment of young rural women, girls and trans youth. More than 300 youth from diverse geographical regions discussed the needs, realities, lived experiences and visions of young rural women and girls in all their diversity in policy-making, during and beyond CSW62. The space fostered collaboration, enhanced partnerships and strategic networking among diverse groups of young people, thereby strengthening the voices and leadership of young rural women, girls and trans youth in their communities and lives.
In consultation with young women, youth-led and youth-serving networks and organisations, including those from indigenous and rural communities and recognising all genders in all their diversities, the Youth Outcome Document of the CSW Youth Dialogue, makes urgent policy recommendations to ensure inclusion of young women and girls from rural communities in the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals.