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The SheDecides Youth Advisory Panel (YAP) is a dedicated youth-owned space in the SheDecides movement, made up of representatives from different SheDecides youth Champions.

The SheDecides YAP plays a crucial role in providing guidance to strengthen meaningful and inclusive youth participation at SheDecides.

In particular the YAP will shape SheDecides activities in 2024 that will centre and advance the sexual and reproductive health and rights of young people worldwide.

The Panelists

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Abbey Gilchrist

CHOICE for youth and sexuality

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Ian Makamara

International Planned Parenthood Federation (IPPF)

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Marian Abukayo

Murunga, Youth Coalition

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Sonali Silva

SheDecides Guiding Group Co-Chair

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Yahan Xu

International Federation of Medical Students Associations (IFMSA)

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Diana Keza

Plan International

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Ranya Rabadi

Plan International

About the
Youth Advisory Panel.

SheDecides is a political movement that brings together diverse organizations and leaders who are committed to the same goal: a world where SheDecides.

Despite best intentions, when diverse intergenerational groups come together, often young people and young voices can still be left on the sidelines.

We recognize the importance of creating dedicated spaces that centre the voices and views of youth action.

Throughout 2024, the YAP will meet 4 times a year to provide advice, input, and recommendations on:

  • SheDecides campaign and messaging on youth sexual and reproductive health and rights
  • Youth spotlight initiatives such as interviews, blogs, social media features linked to International Youth Day and International Safe Abortion Day.
  • Shaping the terms of reference for an external youth consultant to evaluate SheDecides' youth work at the end of 2024.
  • Participate in the evaluation of SheDecides' youth work conducted by an external youth consultant at the end of 2024.
  • Advice on enhancing meaningful youth engagement, aligning with SheDecides' Youth Engagement Strategy commitments.
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Youth Accountability Panel 2022-2024

With thanks to the inaugural Youth Accountability Panel 2021-2023, who concluded their mandate in November and recommended the creation of a ‘lighter’ youth advisory function at SheDecides. This recommendation is reflected in the setup of the newly created Youth Advisory Panel.

Learn more about SheDecides inaugural Youth Accountability Panel.

Read their End of Mandate Report

The SheDecides Youth Engagement Strategy

We have a deliberate approach led by the Youth Engagement Strategy (YES) to meet young people, in all their diversities, where they are. It has ten pledges which the movement commits to making a reality for meaningful youth engagement, participation and accountability. The Youth Accountability Panel is the body that ensures we're on track with these pledges.

Find out more about the SheDecides Youth Engagement Strategy here

Youth Engagement Strategy

YES to being a spark

YES to harnessing energies

YES to amplifying

YES to making visible

YES to pulling each other up

And keeping ourselves in check

YES to talking/working/organizing/mobilizing

Not for or to, but with

YES to giving credit where itʼs due

YES to seeing young people - in all their diversities

YES to equally valuing young peopleʼs time,

energy, efforts and work

YES to respect

YES to leading from behind

YES to intergenerational learnings and collabos

YES to nurturing, sustaining connections

YES to expanding the room(s)

YES to creating space

YES to taking a stand, collectively

And when necessary, taking a seat's

YES to big dreams

YES to pushing boundaries

YES to rewriting the rules

YES to co-imagining

YES to co-creating

YES to moving forward

YES to reaching upward

YES to going further


Towards a world that is better,

stronger, safer

Youth Engagement Strategy