State of Youth Civil Society Report 2023

Restless Development has launched its annual State of Youth Civil Society survey today.

Are you a young feminist? If your answer is yes, we are thrilled to invite you to take part in a fun and insightful survey for the State of Youth Civil Society Report: Young, Feminist and Fearless. The State of Youth Civil Society report is a global, youth-led publication that explores the new realities and experiences of  youth civil society and social movements. Your input is crucial in helping us paint an accurate and vibrant picture of the global impact of young feminist movements.

This report is an opportunity for us to tell herstory. Young feminist movements are central to disrupting the status quo and challenging harmful ideologies. We must celebrate them and understand the obstacles they face. We need to ask ourselves: What can we do to ensure a level playing field for young feminist movements?

Maria Malomalo, Senior Research Manager, Restless Development

This year’s report ‘Young, Feminist and Fearless: Holding the Line’ will provide an important opportunity to identify and understand the biggest issues impacting feminist youth movements who are at the frontlines of democratic struggles around the world. In particular this research will focus on exploring the resistance, creative strategies and transnational alliances of these movements in the face of rising authoritarianism, shrinking civic space and democratic backsliding.

If you have any questions or want to know more about the report, please do not hesitate to contact

Recap of our launch event.

Our event ‘Being Young, Feminist and Fearless: Creating Safe Spaces for Feminist Youth Movements’ aimed to provide a creative and supportive space for young feminist activists to connect, explore and share strategies. Through storytelling and discussion, young feminists will spoke about the major threats they currently experience towards their activism and talked practically and critically about the measures they take to ensure safety and solidarity for their networks.

Jump in and be nervous and be scared – thats what fearless means to me.

Catherine Rogers, Feminist Leader and Head of Engagement at Greenpeace, Kenya

The discussion during this event will directly feed into Restless Development’s 2023 State of Youth Civil Society report research, which includes a learning question on self care and safety measures used by different feminist youth movements to protect themselves and their networks. 

Specific event objectives included:

  • Creating a supportive space for young feminists to share solidarity and experiences, and to learn from each other.
  • Creating awareness of the upcoming SOYCSR and identify potential report contributors and allies.
  • Kickstarting the Feminist Movement Map of the Youth Collective, by inviting participants to join / put themselves on the map to continue connecting and supporting each other.