Seeking to build youth leadership, Women's Institute for
Leadership Development for Human Rights (Wild) provides both an empowering space for young
women and girls to articulate their rights, and the skills training and support necessary
for them to protect and promote their human rights.
WILD established a nine-member Youth Advisory Board (YAB) that
consists of young women ages 17-24 from diverse Bay Area communities, who act as trainers
and speakers on the relevance of human rights to the lives of young women and girls in the
This year WILD will offer a workshop series for young women ages 15-22. Each workshop
will focus on a different issue that affects our communities and us. These topics include
health and well being, violence, economic justice, education and documentation of rights
abuses. Participants will learn about gender and youth analyses, community activism, media
access, and will work as a group to find empowering solutions.
WILD's Young Women's Leadership Program will also hold its first ever Young Women's
Leadership Institute in the summer of 1999. This intensive week long institute will
focus on building the skills, confidence and knowledge that young women need in order to
actively participate in long-term social change movements.
The young women and girls that WILD supports also organize community collaborative and
activist projects that aim to integrate human rights standards into local and national
public policy and positively impact the relationship between young women and girls and the
organizations, government agencies and advocates that impact their lives.
Current and upcoming actions include:
- A girl-organized tribunal on discrimination of young women and girls in the San
Francisco Bay Area
- The formulation of a Girl's Health Fund allocations committee
- Open dialogues between policy makers, service providers, funders and young women on the
needs of young women in our communities
- Targeted actions on timely issues such as affirmative action, bilingual education,
welfare reform, juvenile justice system, and education reform.
If you have questions or would like more information on specific dates please contact
Kate Washburn @ 415 837-0795 [email protected]