AIESEC is thrilled to announce the YouthSpeak Forum, a landmark event that will bring
together school students, undergraduates, postgraduates and youth aged 18 to 30 years
of age from across Sri Lanka to learn how they can contribute to the Sustainable
Development Goals through thought-provoking panel discussions and interactive
workshops that will educate and spark interest in the youth on the SDGs. The event will
take place on the 17th of February at the Trace Expert City, from 9am to 2pm. This year’s
YouthSpeak Forum will provide a platform to educate the youth on the SDGs 5 – ‘Gender
Equality’ and 9 – ‘Industry, Innovation and Infrastructure’.

The SDGs are imperative to achieve stability in our community and economy by
supporting innovative reforms whilst minimising adverse effects on vulnerable groups in
Sri Lanka. Gender inequalities can be observed in political representation and labour
force participation and poverty pockets exist throughout Sri Lanka and discrepancies
can be observed among districts.

An exceptional lineup of dynamic speakers, including Aritha Wickramasinghe, lawyer
and advocate for equality for the LGBTQ+ community, women, minorities and other
reputed corporate personalities will participate as keynote speakers and panellists at
the YouthSpeak Forum 2023.

“YouthSpeak Forum is a great platform where SriLankan youth get to voice their
thoughts on the matters regarding SDGs. With my experience in previous YSF events, I
definitely recommend joining YSF 2023 for an insightful and life changing experience.”,
said Tharindu Pilapitiya, a former delegate of YouthSpeak Forum.

“We’re thrilled to bring together the youth of Sri Lanka to share their ideas, to
collaborate, and find out how to achieve Sustainable Development Goals 5 and 9. The
YouthSpeak Forum is more than just an event – it’s a movement that will inspire young
people to lead with purpose and to create a better tomorrow.”, said Dileesha
Hettiarachchi, the Organizing Committee President for YSF 2023.

The YouthSpeak Forum is open to young individuals aged 18 to 30 years of age across
Sri Lanka. To register for the event please visit .

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