Globally, an estimated 77 million girls are struggling with their mental health. Through our partners United for Global Mental Health and Fondation Botnar, we’re excited to join the Women Deliver 2023 Conference in Kigali, Rwanda happening July 17-20, 2023. We’re adding youth mental health, particularly the mental health of girls and young mothers, to the agenda of one of the largest convenings to advance gender equality.
What’s On the Agenda for Youth Mental Health at Women Deliver 2023?
Hundreds of young people will attend this year’s conference in Kigali next week. If you’re there, join us at the following events to hear from youth mental health leaders, our partners and other organizations supporting young women’s mental health worldwide!
Join our in-person concurrent session “Young Mother’s Mental Health: Understanding and Addressing Their Needs”
On Tuesday, July 18, 2023, from 3:30 to 5:30 P.M (GMT) at the MH 1.2 Kigali Convention Centre, moderator Aviwe Funani, Senior Officer at United for Global Mental Health, will be joined by Aline Cossy-Gantner, Chief Development Officer at Fondation Botnar, Esther Mamba, Programme Linkage Assistant at Mothers2Mothers, Marijke Wijnroks, Head of the Strategic Investment and Impact Division at The Global Fund, and Hauwa Ojeifo, Executive Director at She Writes Woman. Here’s what they’ll be saying:
- Globally 75% of all mental health challenges begin before age 24. We must prioritize young people’s mental health, particularly for young women, girls and mothers worldwide. We must uphold their needs.
- 15–23% of children have a parent with a mental health condition. Young mothers in low- and middle-income countries are at higher risk of pre- & postpartum depression, which affects their children.
- To drive positive change and support better mental health for all, we must center and amplify the voices and expertise of people with lived experience of mental health challenges, especially young people.
Launching on Tuesday, July 18, at the Youth Zone, join our partner Fondation Botnar for the first episode of their Rising Minds pop-up radio show!
The show will feature youth leaders, including Youth Advisors Manvi Tiwari and Jihad Bnimoussa, as they explore some key issues and questions surrounding young people’s mental health. Learn more on the Rising Minds website!
Learn more about the Women Deliver 2023 Conference and program here. For more news, updates, and live coverage of youth mental health topics at Women Deliver 2023, follow us and our partners on social media!