Call for Applications: UN Women Beijing+25 Youth Task Force

Call for Applications: UN Women Beijing+25 Youth Task Force

Deadline: July 15, 2019

Call for applications for the UN Women Beijing+25 Youth Task Force are now open. The year 2020 will be a confluence of anniversaries including the 25th anniversary of the Beijing Conference and the adoption of the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action (BPfA), the five-year review of the Sustainable Development Goals, the 20th anniversary of the adoption of the Security Council Resolution 1325, and the 10th anniversary of the creation of UN Women.

As we take stock of progress made in advancing women’s rights and gender equality, UN Women is committed to ensuring that young people are at the centre of this process, focusing on the 25-year review and appraisal of the adoption of the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action.

It is within this context that UN Women is announcing a call for applications for the composition of a time-limited Youth Task force that will work closely with UN Women from August 2019 to September 2020, to ensure the meaningful involvement of young people in the global processes of the 25th review and appraisal of the BPfA. The work of the Youth Task Force will be divided into four thematic committees (see the Terms of Reference). Applicants to the Task Force will be invited to indicate preference for membership of a thematic committee.

The task force will consist of young people aged 14 to 30 years, recommended by their youth-led global networks, organizations or civic movements. Each organization, network or movement can recommend up to two candidates. In case your organization/ network is recommending candidates, who are minors, please ensure that all appropriate measures are taken to secure necessary consent from parents/legal guardian prior to submitting the recommendation for a minor. If a minor candidate is selected, it will be subject to the provision of consent and waiver documentation as requested by UN Women.


UN Women will nominate up to 30 members for the Beijing+25 Youth Task Force from a pool of applications received through an open call. Applicants will be chosen against the following criteria:

  • Regional and geographic balance.
  • Compliance with the age requirement.
  • Nomination to the task force will adhere to the leave no one behind principle ensuring diverse representation across intersectional complexities, including marital status, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, indigenous and ethnic identities, and refugee or migrant status
  • Proven experience in youth mobilization
  • Interest and motivation. Applicants are invited to indicate preference for membership of the thematic committees, and UN Women will in collaboration with members establish the committees according to fit of experience, competences and skills
  • Priority will be given to applicants that represent broad networks, youth organisations, and civic movements from the following constituencies; youth gender equality advocates, young women human rights defenders, young male gender activists, rural, indigenous, lesbian, bi, and queer young women, trans, intersex, and gender non-conforming young people, disability, child widows, child brides, young women living with HIV, young workers including migrant workers and domestic workers, young migrants and refugees
  • Nomination will seek broad representation from young advocates who focus their work on the 12 critical areas of concern of Declaration and Platform for Action: poverty, education and training, health, violence, armed conflict, economy, power and decision-making, institutional mechanisms, human rights, media, environment, and the girl child


To apply, please familiarize yourself with the Terms of Reference and Criteria for Nomination, and fill out the application form here.

Together with your resume and the recommendation letter from your organization, network or civic movement, please send your application to [email protected]

For more information, visit Beijing+25 Youth Task Force.