2021 International Women’s Day Student Summit

March 7th-8th, 2021

Choose to Challenge

March 8th was International Women’s Day, and the 2021 theme was #choosetochallenge. Envoys was proud to host a Student Summit, open to students of any gender, focused on challenges women and girls face in the 21st century.


This Summit brought together a diverse group of students to take part in designing, testing, and iterating solutions to some of the world’s most intractable problems when it comes to gender equality.

While learning about the various issues women and girls face globally, students learned more about their own leadership styles and about how each of us can take action to advance gender equality worldwide. 

Program Details

Over the course of two days, groups of students from around the world took inspiration from expert speakers and collaborated virtually on short, fun, and meaningful projects and collaborations.

Far from being a lecture or a simulation, students instead examined serious issues, built new relationships with peers, and worked directly on #ChoosetoChallenge to dream up new ways to accelerate progress on gender equality. 

This program was designed for students aged 11 to 18. Middle School and Upper School students were split by age groups for group activities.

This was a student-driven event, facilitated by Envoys. While educators are welcome to observe, student groups did not need to be accompanied by a faculty member to attend.


Read our Outcomes Report here.


Conference Sessions

Monday, March 8th (International Women’s Day!):
2:00PM to 4:00PM (Los Angeles)
5:00PM to 7:00PM (New York)
10:00PM to 12:30AM (London)

We met virtually to discuss our unique communities and backgrounds, setting the stage for the sessions to come. We created usable norms to aid our processes for collaborative work and make visible our respective learning goals.

We heard from subject-matter experts on specific issues facing women and girls globally, considering both the ‘big picture’ as well as examples of how real people and organizations on the ground make tangible progress around the world.

We looked at existing models for accelerating progress on particular SDGs related to gender equality, analyzing their strengths and shortcomings. We then engage in a ‘remix’ session, editing existing materials to rapidly produce new creative works that expand on the strengths and invite new possibilities.

Following a ‘jigsaw’ methodology, participants broke into groups to re-examine how their separate innovations are set up for success (or failure) according to cultural, psychological, institutional, professional, or political dimensions. Returning together, each group discussed how to adapt and expand on their designs in order to best ensure lasting change.

Each team shared their work, noting both the results and crystallizing the lessons learned along the way.

As a final step in the conference, participants came together in an act of collective learning, setting out a declaration of beliefs and actions that every member commits to achieving in the time to come.

Frequently Asked Questions

How were faculty/adults involved?

This event was designed for students only. The majority of spaces are dedicated to groups of students working independently in small groups. There were targeted moments when adults can participate and check-in with their student delegations.

What age group was this event for?

This event is designed for students aged 11 to 18. Middle School and Upper School students were split by age groups for group activities.

Envoys was delighted to collaborate with the following organizations to bring together a global community of committed leaders in advancing gender equality to  this summit. 

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