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SDDirect partners with FHI 360 to spotlight issues affecting adolescent girls and boys


Social Development Direct is delighted to be part of this year’s Gender 360 Summit in Washington, D.C.

The third annual Gender 360 Summit will take place on 15-16 June 2016. It is designated as an official side event to the White House United State of Women Summit.

The Summit is organised by FHI 360, in partnership with the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), Plan International USA, Social Development Direct, MenEngage Alliance, George Washington University's Global Women’s Institute, the U.S. Department of State and the U.S. Peace Corps.

This year’s event will spotlight important development issues affecting adolescent girls and boys with a special focus on achieving gender equality and combating gender-based violence.   Read more

SDDirect will be discussing and presenting our work on the DFID’s flagship Girls’ Education Challenge Fund - GEC and the DFID DRC Programme for Adolescent Girls and Young Women -  La Pépinière.




Speakers from around the world - including adolescent girls and boys, youth activists and development experts - will convene to support adolescents' empowerment and leadership, addressing core obstacles such as gender-based violence and coming up with tangible solutions to help advance gender equality. The summit will provide a space for international development experts to better understand adolescent girls’ and boys' challenges, strengths and priorities and discover ways to support their empowerment and partnership. In parallel, it will provide adolescent girls and boys a space to learn, network, be heard and help shape the international development agenda on issues that matter to them most.

Confirmed speakers include Amb. Catherine M. Russell, U.S. Department of State; Dr. Tessie San Martin, PLAN International USA; Susan Markham, USAID; Aldijana Sisic, UN Women; Rebecca Terzeon, DFID; adolescent girl and boy ambassadors; young human rights advocates; and implementers from the global south. Grammy award-winning singer Angelique Kidjo will also be presenting and performing a song.

For all the latest news, pictures and live stream of the event visit the Gender 350 Summit Digital Hub.