It’s our pleasure to announce you that the Global Youth Forum, 4th -6th December 2012 has been finished and we got the most progressive document ever acknowledging young people’s sexual and reproductive rights especially access to safe abortion, acknowledgement of LGBTQI rights, and strong language to adopt sexual rights as a part of human rights.
YSNAP is really proud of what we have done, and especially for delegate from YSNAP who has fought during this event to ensure that SRHR is central to the final outcome. We have nine YSNAP delegates coming to this event, they are:
Firdaus and Vashni – Malaysia
Milikini – Tuvalu
Leiloa – Samoa
Seamrong – Cambodia
Ara and Andi – Indonesia
Wu Yumeng and Liang Xiao – China
In addition, we have Rinaldi, YSNAP Coordinator as one of the Co-chair of the Global Youth Forum! Global Youth Forum is not just another conference that produce declaration and once the declaration be made it won’t really have a strong political commitment. GYF outcome will feed into United Nations Secretary General (UN SG) report for United Nations General Assembly Special Session on ICPD (UNGASS ICPD) at 2014. The outcome is really crucial to ensure that young people’s voices can be heard and also to ensure that it will feed in the post 2015 development frameworks.
Please find the outcome here: http://icpdbeyond2014.org/whats-new/view/id/31/youth-rights-placed-at-the-heart-of-development
Some highlights on it:
- Governments address harmful traditional practices (such as forced circumcision and genital mutilation, early and forced marriage, gender-based violence and violence against women). [p. 3]
- To produce non-discriminatory, non-judgemental, rights-based, age appropriate, gender-sensitive health education including youth-friendly, evidence-based comprehensive sexuality education that is context specific. [p.3]
- Governments must provide, monitor and evaluate universal access to a basic package of youth-friendly health services (including mental healthcare and sexual and reproductive health services) that are high quality, integrated, equitable, comprehensive, affordable, needs and rights based, accessible, acceptable, confidential and free of stigma and discrimination for all young people. [p.3-4]
- As part of this basic package governments must provide comprehensive sexual and reproductive health services that include safe and legal abortion, maternity care, contraception, HIV and STI prevention, care, treatment and counselling to all young people. [p. 4]
- Governments should implement financially sustainable policies and legal frameworks that protect, promote and fulfill the reproductive and sexual rights of all young people, regardless of their sexual orientation and gender identities. [p. 4]
- Governments must fund and develop, in equal partnership with young people and health care providers, policies, laws, and programs that recognize, promote, and protect young peoples’ sexual rights as human rights. This must be developed in accordance with the principles of human rights, non-discrimination, respect, equality and inclusivity, with a gendered, multicultural and secular approach. [p. 9]
- Cultural and religious barriers such as parental and spousal consent, and early and forced marriages, should never prevent access to family planning, safe and legal abortion, and other reproductive health services – recognizing that young people have autonomy over their own bodies, pleasures and desires. [p. 9]
- Governments should decriminalize abortion, and create and implement policies and programs that ensure young women have access to safe and legal abortion, pre- and post-abortion services, without mandatory waiting periods, requirements for parental and spousal notification and/or consent or age of consent. [p. 10]
- Governments should ensure that every young person, including LGBTQI young people, have equal access to the full range of evidence- and rights-based, youth-friendly sexual and reproductive health services and comprehensive sexuality education, that is respectful of young people’s right to informed consent. [p. 11]
- Governments should ensure legal recognition of undocumented workers including migrants, decriminalize sex work, and eliminate mandatory medical checks that are used as a basis for discrimination, especially mandatory HIV, and pregnancy testing in the general protection, respect and fulfillment of the rights of all young people to decent employment. [p. 15]
- Governments and international organizations are urged to undertake political reform to include young people in policy-making and implementation, regardless of socio-economic and cultural background, in line with international human rights standards, and should remove legal, policy and regulatory barriers that hinder the meaningful participation and empowerment of young people to exercise and claim their rights. [p. 18]
In addition to that, Rinaldi and Rishita were giving our speech during the opening here http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qaxyQP5uLLo Thank you all for your support to all youth delegates and we hope that SRHR will be central in the post 2015 development frameworks!