Young Women's Leadership Network





Our Mission

Young Women's Leadership Network (YWLN) is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to building civic and political leadership capacity among marginalized young women and gender-diverse youth.

We take an anti-oppressive, trans-inclusive feminist approach toward identifying the issues and bridging the gaps in leadership development opportunities for our participants.


Why It Matters

From calling for legislative change and community mobilization to developing support mechanisms for marginalized communities, young women are moving our society forward everyday. At the same time, their leadership is often inadequately recognized or supported and does not always translate into the number of women who run for democratic office or lead civic and political institutions.

Further, research and anecdotal reports show that women who face racism, violence, etc. often exit their organizations as a direct result of such experiences. Racialized and Indigenous women continue to face multiple forms of violence and barriers at various stages of civic engagement, as we’ve learned directly from our networks. The gender wage gap and workplace discrimination, for example, disproportionately affect women who are Black, Indigenous, or racialized, queer or disabled or at the intersections of multiple of these identities.

It is critical to support marginalized young women and gender-diverse youth in leadership for the purpose of their own success, but also because they are best positioned to eradicate gender-based oppression as leaders in politics and policy.


Our Team


Arezoo Najibzadeh


Yasmin Rajabi


Ally Freedman

Board of Directors

  • Yasmin Rajabi

  • Gerri Nakirigya

  • Rudayna Bahubeshi

  • Lauren Montgomery

  • Shagana Ehamparam

  • Anna Kimboskaia