#WhatWomenWant day reached nearly 960,000 people around the world

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On 6th April 2017, ATHENA led the inaugural #WhatWomenWant day, a global takeover of social media to promote the campaign and its key messages. Over 600 unique users in 48 countries tweeted using the #WhatWomenWant hashtag, reaching 960,000 unique Twitter accounts with over 1.2 million impressions. It was the top trending hashtag in New York, during the 50th session of the Commission on Population and Development, where advocates, government representatives and decision makers were gathered to discuss sustainable development, and reached the top 5 trends in Washington DC.

Young women, activists, feminists, allies, policy makers, decision makers, and even politicians such as a member of the Kenyan parliament, all took part, using the hashtag to demand action to fulfil #WhatWomenWant. Demonstrating the intersectional experiences of young women, many people taking part used other linked campaign hashtags, with some of these reaching over 100,000 joint uses, including: #TheAfricaWeWant, #SRHRDialogues, #PREP, #CPD50.

ATHENA also used the day to launch a new campaign report, the result of six months of consultation with adolescent girls and young women globally in 2016, #WhatWomenWant: A Transformative Framework for women, girls and gender equality in the context of HIV and sexual and reproductive health and rights.

You can see the tweets and messages from the day at https://storify.com/NetworkAthena/resounding-voices-on-whatwomenwant-day