Big victory for SRHR advocate during the Global Youth Forum!

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!

Warm regards,

YSNAP

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Global Youth Forum: YSNAP Coordinator is giving opening speech!

YSNAP Coordinator, Rinaldi Ridwan and and Rishita Nandagiri had a few things to say on young people, bodily integrity, abortion rights, and sexual orientation in our Opening Ceremony speech at the Global Youth Forum in Bali:

Annyeonghaseyo from South Korea!

Written by Park Hyun Ah, YSNAP from South Korea

Annyeonghaseyo!

I’d like to share you all about activities that has been conducted on last month in Seoul, South Korea!

Planned Population Federation of Korea (PPFK) had a workshop with our youth community namely “Top-Us” from 31st August up to 1st September 2012.  It’s a big annual event, and this year 240 people gathered in Seoul to join this workshop, and 220 out of 240 people were youth volunteers like me!

This workshop included capacity building with our Executive Director, fun activities (like healing dance), and team activities such as making a mascot for the youth community, proposing next year’s youth programs, and lots of fruitful discussion!

As for me, I attended this year’s Regional Youth Forum in Bangkok, so I briefly reported about this forum. I will share you more about Korea’s present condition and would love to also listen to your stories. See u soon. Bye 🙂

Engaging church to deliver Sexual and Reproductive Health services to young people in Samoa

Written by Manu Solomona

Church is one of the agent of change. Not all church opposing the access to sexual and reproductive health (SRH). Samoa Family Health Association (SFHA) has done it nicely. SFHA has continued to spearhead SRH and all related issues at the Church Youth on Sunday. This outreach is an initiatives of the Peer Educator Performing art group under the leadership of the Clinical and Community Services Manager (Faumuina). This is a very effective strategy to advocate for SRH and Sexuality at the Community because church can reach a lot of young people in Samoa.

Sunday is the best time to advocate for youth, because this is the time every young people congregate for their Sunday Youth Programs. This is where we implement this program through their existing program in Church.

The good news is the Church Ministers and Youth Leaders have given their full support to this activity! The issues discussed in this programs including Teenage Pregnancy Awareness, STI and HIV/AIDS, and drugs abuse.

This program is an ongoing initiatives. The Performing art groups performed dancing, skits and songs which bring message for the youth. Most importantly,we also advocate to the schools to provide us chance to give information and services on sexual and reproductive health and sexual awareness! More to come from Samoa! We will share you more 😀

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