Ever since the launch of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in New York last September, the world is now focusing its development and strategizing how best to meet these global efforts. Through Amma’s numerous charitable projects, all these global goals are emphasized in varying capacities, with an emphasis on SDG5, gender equality.
Our founder, Amma, continuously stresses the importance of equal distribution of work and recognition of efforts by both men and women in society. In fact, as Amma accepted the Gandhi- King Award for Non-Violence in Geneva she envisions a society in which men and women work in equal partnership, like two wings of a bird, thus helping the world progress. Therefore, when the opportunity for Amma’s Youth for Unity, Diversity and Humanity (AYUDH) arose to serve as delegates at the United Nations Youth Forum on the 60th Commission on the Status of Women, the invitation was welcomed. AYUDH was an integral part in planning and organizing the first-ever forum of its kind, with some members even a part of the declaration team to capture lessons learned and put forth recommendations proposed by delegates. UN Women, World YWCA and UN-Inter Agency Network on Youth Development’s Working Group on Youth and Gender Equality hosted the event.
AYUDH members from India, Denmark, Austria, Germany, Canada and the United States of America participated at the two-day forum in New York City where they developed strategies to integrate youth, in particular young boys and girls, in achieving the SDG agenda. AYUDH collaborated with youth from the around the world to provide recommendations for the declaration representatives of member states, UN entities, and other ECOSOC-accredited NGOs would consider and sign to achieve gender equality globally. Additionally, AYUDH members presented a workshop featuring Amrita University’s AMMACHI Labs’ Women’s Empowerment: Sanitation project and the need for grassroots young women-led cooperatives for sustainable economic and social development.
At the conference, AYUDH members presented a workshop in collaboration with The Hunger Project on personal, social, economic and political development through intergenerational cooperatives at the grassroots level. We emphasized AMMACHI Labs‘ model of sustainable development through capacity building and community mobilization in WE: Sanitation. Community-based development projects impact the most vulnerable in society and sharing learnings is vital in achieving the global goals!