Autor: Majandra Rodriguez Acha (integrante de UN Women's Beigin+25
Youth Task Force)
I am Generation Equality because…
Since I was a kid, I've experienced street harassment. I have felt
unsafe being gendered as a woman, and I've seen it all around me.
And from an intersectional lens, I am a privileged:I've been able to
access opportunities like a university education and travelling to
and living in different places in the world.
I recognize that those who are most impacted by gender-based
violence, and by gender inequalities are also the most impoverished
and marginalized—black and brown women, indigenous women, women in
rural areas, young girls, girls living with disabilities, trans
youth and gender non-conforming youth. That is not okay and it’s not
what anyone deserves.
We deserve better. We can do better.
On youth leading and shaping change
Young people are in a lot of ways the solution.We're living through
a historic moment in terms of the climate crisis, which young people
did not create, but we do have an option of leading the way to
centering respect for nature, and respect for each other.
We’re facing a systemic crisis.We can't separate the fact that we're
living through a climate crisis from the fact that we are not
legally able to decide about our own bodies, for example, with
sexual health and reproductive rights.
These things are connected.
The people most affected are the same, and the ones leading the
fight are also in a lot of ways, the same. A lot of young women and
young activists are the ones who are leading the way and recognizing
I really believe in climate justice, which is recognizing that the
fight for social justice is not separate from the fight for
environmental sustainability. It’s not a coincidence that the people
who are the most marginalized—the most impoverished, rural
indigenous women, for example—who live directly on the land and take
care of families, are most impacted by natural disasters.
Shifting mindsets for climate justice
It's not just about consuming a little less; consumerism is on the
rise and we're buying things that we don't need, and we're still
extracting minerals. I come from a country where the mining industry
is a big part of our national economy, and it's wreaking havoc on
the environment and directly affecting rural communities and
farmers.We need to wake up and start paying attention to that and
start thinking about not growing economies in the way we’ve been
We need to protect ourselves, but not by building higher walls that
only protect those who are privileged, while [others] are being
severely impacted by climate change, being displaced and losing
incomes.There is enough for everyone, we just aren't sharing it.