The event was attended by high-level officials who launched the initiative to engage with and empower young people, and members of Generation Unlimited, a global partnership aimed at ensuring that every young person is in education, learning, training or employment by 2030.
— UNICEF (@UNICEF) September 24, 2018
In her speech, Singh spoke about how she was ready to live in a world where every young person is educated, every young person is empowered, and every young person is skilled and prepared to fulfill their full potential. “Young people make up 25 percent of the world population. That’s literally billions of people, and all of them watch my YouTube videos,” she joked.
“The point I’m making is, they are the most connected generation there has ever been. We have access to borderless tools and technologies that allow us to share our voices, our knowledge, and our experiences further than ever before. That’s exactly how I found my platform,” Singh continued.
She went on to talk about the importance of keeping up with dynamic technology so that all young people have access to it.
That was really special for me. Thank you @UN for having me be a part of the #UNGA. It was an inspiring room and I’m honoured to have had the chance to speak about the importance of empowering youth. Also there was a sign with my name on it so HI MOM ❤️ #GenUnlimited #Youth2030 pic.twitter.com/riutKAbf9t
— Lilly Singh (@IISuperwomanII) September 24, 2018
Singh then dove deep into her own background and explained how she considered herself lucky to win the lottery in terms of opportunities: she received good education, had a supportive family, and didn’t have to face obstacles of poverty and failed institutions. This is not the case for most of the world’s youth.
“But here’s the good news,” she continued, “when you empower a young person, you’re not just giving them the chance to change their own lives. You’re giving them the chance to change the lives of so many other people.”
This statement is easily applicable to Singh herself. One of the many reasons she connects with the youth is because her life story is relatable. A few years ago, Singh was a depressed teen who took to making comedic YouTube videos. It turns out, those who related to her kept up with her work. She has a knack of making her audience laugh but also care about the movements she loves.
She also spoke about her travels to countries like India and South Africa and how the teens she has spoken to there talk about becoming doctors or nurses. They want to add value to their community because they’ve seen the lack of these resources. “When we give them skills and education, they become the beacon of light this world needs,” she said.
Singh, who has written a book called “How To Be A Bawse” and made a documentary called “Unicorn Island,” has never shied away from using her platform and fame to spread positivity. She also used her platform to start the Girl Love campaign, which thrives on women supporting women.
It’s no wonder she was called upon to launch this important UN campaign. You can watch the speech here: