Celebrating ambition transcending gender

There are many theories and interpretations on what causes women to be disadvantaged and unequally represented especially regarding work, but also in other fields of life; A glass ceiling is an invisible obstacle that prevents a woman from advancing in her career, while a discriminatory practice that keeps women at the bottom of the job scale is called a sticky floor. The majority of decision makers are men, both in business and politics. Wage gaps exist even in the most gender equal societies of the world. Women often face many unfair obstacles that make it harder for them to advance their careers, ranging from the pressure of staying home taking care of the children to belittling attitudes that force women to prove that they’re just as capable as their male colleagues.

If you take a look at the “Women’s First” , a list of achievements by women, it’s hard to find areas where women were truly first, and not just first after men. It is quite disheartening that very often to achieve something as a woman is to do something that has already been done by a man. From the standpoint of professional achievement, women have to face being constantly compared to men.


Yet, there are women who managed to defy this fate seemingly against all odds. Take for example Marie Curie. Yes, she was the first woman to receive the Nobel prize, but she was also the first ever person to receive a Nobel prize in two different fields, both chemistry and physics. She is one of the most influential scientists of the 20th century. Frances Perkins was the first woman to be appointed to the U.S. cabinet and helped pave way for the participation of women in work life. But Perkins was also shaping policies that influenced the lives of millions of men. She was working for the whole society, both men and women. The one small step for man taken by Armstrong was enabled by the in-flight software developed by Margaret Hamilton, a pioneer in software engineering, and her team. When looking at the young self-made entrepreneurial generation of today of Alaa Murabit, Divya Nag, and the like, one can only guess what they will accomplish in the span of their whole career.

Margaret_Hamilton Margaret Hamilton and the code her team wrote for the Apollo project.

This International women’s day, we celebrate ambitious women; those who broke off from sticky floors, who shattered the glass ceilings with a smash, and who didn’t ask for a permission to excel. Women who are successful in what they do both as women – and just purely as exceptional people.


AIESEC has been recognized as one of the most freedom-centered democratic workplaces for 10 consecutive years by WorldBlu. AIESEC’s youth empowerment defies gender norms, through numerous projects focusing on the Sustainable Development Goal 5, and through both young women and men that are represented in the top levels of the organization. They were all chosen for their roles not because or despite their gender, but because they were the best people for the job. AIESEC doesn’t discriminate based on gender.

Everyone should have the opportunity to explore their passions, and strive to become the best version of themselves, no matter their gender. So go for the career that you want, whether that is to defy the prevalent norm, or not, and don’t let others’ expectations hold you back. Dare to believe that you are good enough for it.

Youth 4 Global Goals Day 2017

Building the Young Person’s Guideline to Saving the World

The Netherlands, Venlo:  On February 13th, 2017, AIESEC will host Youth4GlobalGoals Day, a one-day event that will bring together top young leaders from 120 countries and territories together with experts from 20 organizations to create inputs for the Young Person’s Guideline to Saving the World. The Guideline will consist of the actions young people can do to advance the Sustainable Development Goals.

The event is organized by AIESEC, the world’s largest youth-led organization, as a part of the Youth4GlobalGoals initiative. The initiative aims to promote and stimulate meaningful youth participation in the implementation of the SDGs.

In 2016 the United Nations released the “Lazy Person’s Guide to Saving the World”, a great initiative to encourage people to take small steps towards the Global Goals. The Future We Want outcome document of Rio+20 UN Conference on Sustainable Development refers to young people as “custodians of the future” – highlighting youth as important stakeholders with the critical role of creating a sustainable future for themselves and future generations.  

Therefore, AIESEC aims to create the second guide that will be adapted towards a young audience and include diverse geographical and social perspectives, giving an opportunity to millions of young people to make a positive impact on their communities.

The Guideline will be created with a support of the representatives from Asian Development Bank, Electrolux, PwC, TCS, UNICEF, UNV, UN-Habitat, UNIDO, PVBLIC Foundation, Teach for All, World Vision, Plan International, Water Youth Network. The release date is set for the end of April 2017. The Guideline will be published at youth4globalgoals.org.

The event is open for the participation of media representatives. For further inquiries and media participation, please contact PR Specialist of AIESEC International.

Media contact:

Tanya Landysheva

PR Specialist of AIESEC International



AIESEC and IE partner to enable leadership development for Millennials

Partners Dinner in Belgium

Niels Caszo – President of AIESEC International, Kim Goddard – Director of B2C IE Business School and Anna Otalora – Global Partnership Development Team of AIESEC.

Advocating Sustainable Development Goal #17 Partnerships for the goals, AIESEC has been creating strategic partnerships with organizations and companies to offer more opportunities for Millennials and its development.

That is how AIESEC and IE Business School have been working together for more than 8 years now.

The main purpose of this collaboration is to promote opportunities to develop young leaders with values for the world, so we can find engaging content delivered by both around world trends, webinars for Millennials and opportunities offer.

“IE and AIESEC have been partners now for over 8 years, both aiming to bring out the very best of the future generations.  Both firmly believe in the importance of creating sustainable excellence though celebrating all aspects of diversity and innovation. At IE, we have approximately 4.000 students from 131 countries undertaking degree programs each year. Through educating young talent in a strong values-based environment, we both aim to create entrepreneurial and responsible leaders who will in turn have a positive impact on the world through their decisions. Based on such strongly-aligned values, a partnership with AIESEC is fundamental to IE”.

Kim Goddard

Director of B2C, International Development department

IE Business School

What we have been doing?

  •  Take a look to the last Webinar we delivered together: “Technology Leadership in Times of Disruption”. 

Professor Paris de l’Etraz talked about innovation, disruption, leadership in organizations and gave some extra tips about it.



  •  Thinking about leadership development, IE offers with AIESEC  5 scholarships of 25% discount every year on the following Master programs:
  • Master in Management Master in Finance
  • LLM in International Business Law
  • Master in Market Research and Consumer Behaviour
  • Master in Architectural Management and Design
  • Master in Design for work retail and learning environments
  • Master in Visual and Digital Media
  • Master in Corporate Communication
  • Master in Business Analytics and Big Data
  • Master in International Relations Global MBA
  • Master in Customer Experience and Innovation
  • Master in Talent Development and Human Resources
  • Master in Cybersecurity
  • Master in Real Estate Development
  • Master in Global Corporate Compliance (LLM)
  • Master in Global Taxation (LLM)

Apply here for a scholarship & let’s open together the door of your future!

What is coming?

According to Youth Speak, the global millennial insight survey, 3% of the Millennials that answered selected “Housing and Urban Development as the sector that need technology the most. With this context Smart cities is the topic that will connect AIESEC and IE for the next months.

During March of this year, we will invite you to be part of our webinar hosted by the Dean of the Architecture Faculty, Martha Thorne.

Stay tuned with our social media channels to be up to date with the news, content and opportunities we are bringing with IE.

Also, take a look…

If you are considering the next steps in your career, take a look to IE´s Master programs, an offer with online, part-time or even full-time studies. Click here to know more.

Looking for a job…or a future?

Blogpost Writer: Laura Sabrina Al Bast 

There are always going to be challenges; not the right job, indifference and lack of motivation, time. But there will always be opportunities, if we seek them properly and take enough risks to defy every single obstacle that has put the young under the epidemic of unemployment, social unrest and inequality.

The Economist described it best when it called this generation, jobless. It’s true, there are not enough jobs. Not the right kind of jobs at least. The life our parents lived had a set path, the life we live today has been moulded by technology and various waves of economic changes that having a stable career is not and won’t be an option.

Youth today are not looking for jobs, they are looking for a future. There’s a difference.


The Economic and Social Council Youth Forum ’17 was concluded yesterday – a platform that was provided for youth to engage in dialogue with member states and share ideas on innovation, collective action and solutions to global problems.

At this forum, a panel was held at the Digital Media Zone moderated by AIESEC Global’s president, Mr. Neils Caszco. The panel’s objective was to unravel the unique challenges of unemployment among young people and highlight the global efforts and innovations to create decent and sustainable jobs for youth.

One particular insight presented by speaker Mr. Christopher Eigeland, a UN Youth Delegate from Australia is that “it’s becoming increasingly clear that a university degree is no longer enough to often get you a job, or a job that you want.” Which is true, the world has evolved, and though great benefits it has brought forth but it has also pushed youth to exert more effort; seeking alternative education and learning mechanisms that would advance both their knowledge and grant them transferrable skills that the market looks for -skills are not taught in a classroom but sought after on-ground.


The real question isn’t why youth are left sinking in a sea of unemployed futures, but rather how can they swim back up for a breath of opportunity. Simple; open a blog, manage a social media page, seek dialogue with policy-makers in the government, hold immense dedication and perseverance, look for your passion and most importantly, volunteer.

 The future isn’t about how much money you earn and products you consume, but rather how much change you bring forth and experience that consumes you.

Once you work towards the development of yourself and a local community foreign to your own, you realize how the path you thought should be pre-set for you is rather one you set for yourself. In a day and age like this, what we as AIESEC do and why we do it becomes not just relevant, but necessary. Our organization envisions peace and fulfilment of humankind’s potential through cross-cultural opportunities for an individual to develop key leadership skills; self-aware, solution oriented to problems that push your innovation to extremes, empowering and open to new experiences, and most importantly, a world citizen constantly interested in issues that could shape the future you seek. So yes, The Economist rightly described our generation as jobless. But what we realise today is that we may be a jobless generation, but we are not futureless.


This Week in “Quality Education”

Blog Writer: Laura Al Bast


The Global Goals website displays a quote by Malala Yousafzai, Children and Women’s rights activist and Nobel Peace Prize Winner for her struggle against the suppression of children and young people and for the right of all children to education, that states In some parts of the world, students are going to school every day. It’s their normal life. But in other parts of the world, we are starving for education… it’s like a precious gift. It’s like a diamond. In today’s world, where more than 72 million children of primary education age are not in school and 759 adults are illiterate, the progress doesn’t seem so great. Global Goal #4 of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals targets inclusive and equitable quality education and the promotion of lifelong learning opportunities for all. This week in ‘Quality Education’ we talk about My Bookshelf, a Middle East and Africa AIESEC project initiative, and New York’s proposed Free Tuition.


This week in SDG X is a novel writing initiative to keep the network and the blog’s loyal readers up-to-date with a brief collection of news directly related to the Global Goals.


Week of 02.01.2017

Quality Education 

My Bookshelf: Middle East and Africa AIESEC regional initiative

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There are over 65 million people in dire need of protection and assistance as a consequence of displacement. They include refugees, internally displaced persons (IDPs) and asylum-seekers. Alarmingly, 51% of the global refugee population are children under the age of 18, the highest proportion in a decade.

AIESEC, being a global youth led organization, aligned with the United Nation’s Sustainable Development Goals, to be a leading factor in addressing the refugee crisis through education. And that is with an aim of eradicating illiteracy that has prevailed within refugee communities and in turn push for a future of educated youth to make an impact in the world.

My Bookshelf will run during the summer of 2017 under 10 entities with a common aim of recruiting global volunteers to #TEACHAREFUGEE. Those entities include: Algeria, Cameroon, Egypt, Ethiopia, Ghana, Jordan, Kenya, Lebanon, Nigeria, and Uganda.

Keep an eye out for those opportunities here. 


Proposed Free Tuition at New York State Colleges

 Though some news headlines show a vast amount of students in debt to their universities, while in other countries a recurring narrative of denying education to certain groups, Andrew Cuomo, 56th Governor of New York has revealed a proposal to cover tuition at public universities and colleges in the State of New York for families earning less than $125.000 annually. Bernie Sanders, prior presidential candidate for the 2016 U.S. presidential elections and Senator from Vermont, has called the idea “revolutionary.”

It is important to note that when we talk about SDG#4, lifelong learning opportunities include college and higher-education institutes. Cuomo stated, College is a mandatory step if you really want to be a success, and the way this society said we’re going to pay for high school because you need high school, this society should say we’re going to pay for college because you need college to be successful.









Partnership for Zero

As a result of several hours spent in online space I found a very attractive couple of words. Vision Zero. It immediately caught my attention and made me dig deeper into it. As it turned out this is a whole vision that shifts whole focus on developing products and technologies that “Innovate to Zero”, meaning that all the emissions, accidents on roads, fatalities and etc. will be brought to Zero.

This vision is not connected to only one SDG, but it is the thread that goes through all of them.

We can speak about each sustainable goal for a very long time and also we can create as many projects as possible. But there is no chance of achieving any results without uniting the efforts and having partnerships for reaching the results so much needed for a lot of countries. In other words – Partnering for Zero.

sdg-17-partnerships-for-the-goalsF72685166BD52043E4D18259Description of the SDG #17 states:

  “Strengthen the means of implementation and revitalize the global partnership for sustainable development”
There are certain spheres of developing the partnerships among different parties. For example finances, information and communications development, capacity building, trade, data monitoring and accountability. But for a lot of people this goal seems a bit distant and less important. We usually tend to underestimate the power of unity and think that until you are good at what you do, you can do it alone.

Having allies’ means that all the efforts that we put in daily work in achieving 17 SDGs’ are not lost and we are rising awareness together with the engagement.

Since I love researching I decided to go into unlimited space of internet and use the power of Google. The question that I had was: “yes, I know that partnerships are important, but is there a space to allow all those parties come together and find allies?” And again as a result I found a very interesting information about Youth Philanthropy Forum.

As it turns out it “aims to build greater capacity and create a better environment for youth philanthropic organizations to support the implementation of the United Nations sustainable development goals. It will connect youth philanthropy to the United Nations’ SDGs to see how youth are making change towards these big goals. It will create an opportunity for the youth to learn and make connections with international leaders by building strong partnerships between youth philanthropic organizations, the United Nations, governments, civil society, and businesses”



The main purpose of this post is not only to give you information, but also inspire action to search for different ways and supporters for our goal, because in the end our power lies in uniting the differences and together for a bigger goal.


What can we do about The Hungry Generation?

One in nine people around the world suffer from chronic undernourishment; hunger. That is around 795 million people including a vast amount of children bringing forth the birth of a hungry generation; the world’s greatest shame.

Hunger is the want or scarcity of food in a country, this causes both the malnutrition and under-nutrition. Such poor nutrition causes nearly 45% of deaths in children under five. That is 3.1 million children each year. What is being done about this?


As part of the United Nation’s Sustainable Development Agenda for the year 2030, goal #2: Zero Hunger targets ending hunger, achieving food security and improved nutrition, and promoting sustainability in agriculture. If you think about, solving the issue of World Hunger should be easy, because there is enough food in the world to feed everyone. So what’s the problem? Well, according to the World Food Program: Knowledge, tools and policies, combined with political will, can solve the problem.


In 2014, Latin America’s biggest country was removed from the United Nation’s World Hunger Map. Brazil managed to strategically invest in policies and programs to improve food production and access to health services. There’s a lot to learn from Brazil’s strategies, one in particular is Fome Zero (Zero Hunger), which was introduced by the Brazilian government under President Lula da Silva’s administration in 2003 with the goal to eradicate hunger and extreme poverty in Brazil. And indeed it was successful, despite the criticism on the management of the project, it managed cut stunting (slow development or growth) in Brazilian children in half.  The Zero Hunger Project proposal was a result of the work and research of NGOs, research institutes, grassroots organizations, social movements and more in order to analyze the status of hunger and poverty in the country in order to develop policies.

The aforementioned group found that in order to ensure food security, changes are required in Brazil’s economic development, as factors like unemployment, lack-of-income generating policies, high interest rates and lack of agricultural policies pile into why hunger is increasing in the nation-state. Therefore the Zero Hunger project took action steps as providing food stamps, free meals served in schools, policies towards cheaper food products, supported family farming etc..



There is enough food in the world to feed and sustain the hungry generation, the question is, how?

It’s not about the challenges that overcome us but rather how we face them. With World Food Day coming up by the end of this week, the questions posed is how can youth contribute to the achievement of Sustainable Development Goal #2: Zero Hunger? How can youth contribute to the development of similar or much enhanced policies as presented in Fome Zero in Brazil?


Share your thoughts.




Should I?

How do you make sure that when it comes to wildly important things as a representative of human race you contribute to something bigger than yourself?

Of course you make sure that your efforts are contributing to one single goal in our case it can perfectly be eradication of poverty.

Let’s think about some statistics: wealth of richest 1% equals to other 99%. To put it simply we are living in a state that has 1% of people that own the same as rest of the world combined.

Eradication of poverty does not mean that as a human race we have all the wealth simply divided for everyone in the world, but to make sure we create conditions to people that lead to equality in all senses there might be. That only can be achieved by developing every single SDG out of 17. They complement and support each other. Even one cannot exist and be improved by us not cooperating.

PEACE… Perfect condition that can be imagined.

It does not necessarily mean only avoiding a war. Peace can symbolize a world that does not have conflicts that arise from cultural, religious, or other aspects of differences in humanity. It can also symbolize being in harmony with yourself.

Should I?

What can be better than creating an ambition for ENTIRE WORLD that will unite us and convert ideas into actions? Sustainable development goals are created and planned to be achieved. And for that you need to involve in a plan the biggest youth run organization.

As youth…As millennials it is our main responsibility to take control over the wheel and lead the change.

We all think that is hard to start an action, but the only requirement that there exists is to take a first step.

Dare to believe and dare to achieve!

Why should youth care about the sustainability?

Exactly one year ago, the United Nations General Assembly adopted the set of 17 Sustainable Development Goals. During this time the initiative Youth4GlobalGoals become one of most powerful movements towards the SDGs. The reach has crossed more than 120 countries and territories around the world.

According to the YouthSpeak Survey results, only 46% of young people know about the SDGs. However, they are the ones who will experience the consequences of implementation of the Goals the most. The level of engagement of young people in the Agenda today will directly result in the state of the world in 2030.

While majority (68%) believes the society will be in better state in 2030, young people still ask the question about who is responsible for implementing the SDGs. In reality, youth still relies on the public sector while it’s partnership between public, private sectors and civil society that will be a key to success this time.

Starting from the adoption of the SDGs, the United Nations has created The Lazy Person’s Guide to Save the World, which outlines kinds of small actions that will help to achieve the SDGs. AIESEC believes that each and every young person can play an active role in the Agenda.

Youth 4 Global Goals campaign was created to mobilise young people to take action towards the SDGs. It has a set of initiatives aimed to make people aware about the Global Goals, understand them and act:

  • Youth Speak Survey: the survey got 162,292 answers until today, engaging people across more than 120 countries. The result is the voice of Millennials giving an opinion about what SDGs they would act upon, what kind of motives and fears they have.

  • Youth Speak Forum: an event realized around the world that brings together young and senior leaders to form a space for inspiring conversations and creation of actionable ideas around global issues. In various countries governments and UN agencies have supported the event. The output taken from the Latin American version was presented in PrepCom3 in July that presents youth inputs to new Urban agenda. During the last 6 months event was run in 121 location engaging 23,500 people.

  • Youth Speak Projects: considering the insights got in the Survey, AIESEC is running the social projects around SDGs and Millennials needs. This is how a young person gets an opportunity to directly contribute to an issue he or she relates the most to, while developing the leadership potential.

Organizations like Asian Development Bank, PVBLIC Foundation and UN Habitat were the founding partners of the campaign and many more are joining the movement now.

To learn more about the Youth4GlobalGoals campaign, visit youth4globalgoals.org

Visit the website! Y4GG

Tanya Landysheva

Global Head of Public Relations



Join the UN Youth Envoy + AIESEC #YouthNow Contest

Youth opinion is a priority for the United Nations, and we as young leaders  have an incredible opportunity to be a part of this change.

Below is the information you will need to submit your video for the #YouthNow challenge and be a part of the Global Youth Voice.

Join the contest for a chance to have your video formally featured as part of the digital surge leading up to and during the High-Level Event of the General Assembly hosted at the United Nations headquarters in New York City (more about the High Level Event: www.un.org/pga/youth-wpay). The event will be attended by over 1,000 people from around the world, including Ministers and youth leaders! Your video can help inform the online conversation and will be tweeted formally from the UN Youth Envoy account.

What you need to answer in a short video [3 minutes maximum]:
1) What are the most critical issues for youth in 2015?
2) Why is youth development central to the global development agenda?
3) What you think a solution(s) could be?

Post your video on any social media platform using the hashtag #YouthNow. The video can also include your personal action(s) or a project(s) to make a positive change for #YouthNow.

Video checklist

  • Answer all three questions
  • Videos can be made using a camera phone.
  • Videos do not need to be professionally made.
  • Limit is 3 minutes, however your video can be shorter.
  • Videos if shared on Facebook, videos must have security featured set to “public” so we can track them.

All videos must be received by May 26, 2015

What winners get?

  1. A chance to influence a global conversation on youth development! The video will be featured on social media platforms leading up to and during the High-Level Event of the General Assembly at the United Nations headquarters in New York on 29 May 2015.
  2. Video will be featured across UN Youth Envoy and AIESEC websites, including social media channels of the UN and AIESEC.

Winners will be selected based upon

  • Strong message
  • Original and creative
  • Ability to inspire others and are action oriented

What’s the process and reward? A selection committee containing representatives from AIESEC and the Office of the United Nations Envoy on Youth will review all videos and pick the top 3 submissions.

Submit videos by May 26, 2015 on Twitter, Facebook or YouTube with hashtag #YouthNow and submit your video here

Important links:

#YouthNow campaign: www.un.org/pga/youth

High-Level Event of the General Assembly: www.un.org/pga/youth-wpay

AIESEC YouthSpeak movement: youthspeak.aiesec.org

AIESEC and United Nations relationship: here