She Leads Submission to the Special Rapporteur on the promotion and protection of freedom of opinion and expression (UNGA76 session)

She Leads is a joint programme of Plan International Netherlands, Defence for Children – ECPAT the Netherlands (DCI-ECPAT), African Women’s Development and Communication Network (FEMNET), and Terre des Hommes the Netherlands (TdH-NL). Equal Measures 2030 is a technical partner. The She Leads consortium, which will run from 2021-2025, aims to increase sustained influence of girls and young women (GYW) on decision-making and the transformation of gender norms in formal and informal institutions


This submission will focus in particular on how girls’ and young women’s freedom of opinion and expression are manifested in the Middle East and African regions. We would strongly encourage the report of the Special Rapporteur to focus not only on women, but also on girls and young women, as the barriers and needs of these groups differ. In this regard, we would urge the Special Rapporteur to refer consistently to “women and girls”, and as relevant examine the difference between these two groups. Furthermore, it would be imperative to provide recommendations that are adapted to these age group, in light of the gender justice approach of the report

 Read the joint statement by clicking here.