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Generation Z issues a powerful call to action

It’s time for real change — from the grassroots to the federal level — and these young leaders are showing us the way

As Women in the World Founder Tina Brown observed in her welcome note to attendees to the 2018 Women in the World Summit in New York City: “It gives hope to know that the next generation of activists stands ready.”

That hope was borne out during the Summit’s inspiring “Youthquake” panel, and in the words of the five youth leaders who took to the stage to conclude the event on Saturday: Monica Sibri of New York DREAMers; climate activist Jamie Tyberg, from New York Communities for Change; Muslim Palestinian-American youth activist Hebh Jamal; transgender artist and model Hunter Schafer; and head of the Youth Coalition for Black Lives Matter in Greater New York, Nupol Kiazolu.

Watch the compelling call to action in the video above.

As Brown returned to the stage to close the event, she put her arm around the final speaker, Kiazolu, visibly very moved. “These are the voices of our future here in America — these incredible brave, courageous, wonderful young people,” said Brown. “It really makes our hearts burst to hear from you. We need you, we rely on you. So thank you,  deeply, from the bottom of our hearts.”

Above the wild applause for the youth activists, one passionate voice could be heard calling to Kiazolu from the audience:

“You matter! You matter! You matter! And don’t you ever forget it!”

 Watch Tina Brown’s moving farewell below.

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