International Young Adult Network
Launched in March 2022, IWC’s International Young Adult Network Program - funded by the UU Funding Program - offers a virtual space for Unitarian and Unitarian Universalist young adults from around the world to come together for a meeting of minds.
The interactive year-long program, led by young adult co-leaders from Belgium and India, provides opportunities to build and strengthen connections and to spark inspiration for civic engagement and initiatives designed and led by young adults – not only at the United Nations (UN) but in the young leaders’ own communities as well.
The meetings, taking place the first and third Saturday of the month, allow for a space for young adult Unitarians/UUs to learn and dialogue about issues that global society is facing, guided by presentations by various resource speakers. Participants also learn and practice leadership and project management skills so that they will be able to create and present their own program at the 67th session of the UN Commission on the Status of Women (CSW) in March 2023.
Following a summer break in July, the program restarts in August with speaker sessions, skills-building sessions, and then preparations for participation in the 67th Session of the UN Commission on the Status of Women in March 2023. Previous speaker sessions have been recorded, enabling participants with poor connectivity and conflicting schedules to access them at their own convenience. Upcoming topics will include anti-racism, sexual and reproductive health and rights, and refugee experiences, just to name a few.