Launched IPPFVision 2020 around the globe

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29 April 2013

Around the globe Member Association staff, volunteers and clients rallied together to proudly announce the launch of the Vision 2020 manifesto to the public.

The creative ways in which member Associations promoted Vision 2020in their countries were powerfully engaging. Young people and adolescents drove the public activities and strongly support the plan.

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Link: http://ippf.org/news/IPPF-launches-Vision-2020-around-globe

 

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IPPF Vision 2020 Manifesto

Vision2020_Alln 2000 the United Nations launched the Millennium Development Goals. The world agreed to take action against poverty. Although progress has been made, we are still far from eradicating poverty.

About Vision 2020

However, in the years since the MDG Declaration, the sexual and reproductive health and rights landscape has changed. Global health funding for sexual and reproductive rights and health has declined significantly, and in every region of the world, a maturing HIV epidemic increasingly affects women and girls.

Rising conservative tides have threatened hard-won sexual and reproductive rights victories and compromised the safety and wellbeing of all, particularly of young women in poor communities.

Similarly, several global processes – the MDG review on the post‑2015 Development Agenda, a twenty-year review of progress towards achieving the Cairo Programme of Action, and a discussion on the Sustainable Development Goals initiated at the Rio + 20 conference – are happening now and in forthcoming years, all with implications for the future of the global sexual and reproductive health and rights agenda. It is of the utmost importance that advancing sexual and reproductive rights is central to the international/global development framework that will succeed the MDGs, and will determine policies, priorities and resources allocation worldwide for the decade ahead.

Why Now?

In the second decade of the 21st century, the more than seven billion people sharing the planet face a number of global challenges: threats such as climate change and growing inequalities among and within countries persist alongside the unfinished agenda of poverty elimination at a time when the global financial crisis has reduced the funding available for international development.

Despite these challenges, the current development landscape provides unparalleled opportunities to secure a world of justice, choice and well-being for all. The International Planned Parenthood

Federation (IPPF) envisions a world in which all international programmes work towards the elimination of poverty and hunger in ways that respect, protect, and fulfil human rights.

For more info, download IPPF Vision 2020 Manifesto in PDF: http://ippf.org/resource/Vision2020

“Nothing For Us Without Us” Young people raise their voices and stand up for their rights

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27.12. 2012

CONTACT:    10 Days of activism coordinators

10daysofactivism@gmail.com

“Nothing For Us Without Us”

Young people raise their voices and stand up for their rights

 

With half of the world’s population under the age of 25, young people from all around the world are coming together to influence their governments, organizations and community leaders to accept and engage young people as  meaningful  partners in the decision making bodies and processes that affect their sexual and reproductıve health and rights.

 

Under the theme “Nothing for Us Without Us”, Y-PEER (Youth Peer Education Network) in partnership with organizations and individuals from around the globe working with young people is launching the third annual “10 Days of Activisim” (10 DoA) campaign from 1st to 10th September, 2012.  In last year’s 10DoA, young people in 20 countries reported over 230 activities which reached more than 10,700 people. The goal for this year is to reach young people in 50 countries including young people in school, out of school, young key affected population and marginalized youths. From outreach to advocacy efforts, young people will raise their voices about their needs and rights that are critical to a rights-based, youth centered agenda at the national and global level. Joint international campaigns, such as these, not only help get targeted groups’ attention regarding pressing issues, but also inspire young activists to be part of a global movement.

 

“Young people need to stand for their Sexual & Reproductive Health Rights, in order to do that, they need to be empowered and equipped with the right tools, as well as exposed to different experiences and best practices, and that’s exactly what 10DoA offers to young people, providing this global platform to learn from each other and unite our global efforts for one cause!” said Dina Jaffary Y-PEER International Coordinator, Syria.

 

In addition to the youth lead activities, “10 DoA” will gather 30 stories about young people living around the world to encourage others to participate in the campaign and share their experiences. The stories will be shared on Y-PEER’s Facebook page, 10DoA website and shared on Twitter via @YPEER . Young people and activists are encouraged to share and comment on the stories, and can also join the conversation using #10DoA.

 

For 10 days, young people will be strengthening dialogue with local government representatives, leading seminars, participating in radio and TV shows, organizing photo and video contests and much more. All of these activities will be shared and promoted through major social media channels (Facebook, Twitter, Youtube, etc.) to bring international attention to local level efforts and actions. Daily updates, articles, videos and photos will also be shared on the “10 Days of Action” website.

 

If you are interested to join us and be part of the global youth-led movement, please contact “10 Days of Activism” Coordinators at 10daysofactivism@gmail.com.

 

How can we make the outcome of UN Commission on Population and Development (CPD) meeting relevant to our work?

This year, one of the most important events related to young people has been held in New York. Perhaps some of you might have known it through our facebook page and twitter update on #CPD2012 about the 45th session of the Commission on Population and Development (CPD) meeting in United Nations headquarter in New York, USA.

CPD session is one of the international avenue that serves as a platform to set policy on sexual and reproductive health and rights. In this year as the theme is “youth and adolescent” it would be very important to monitor government’s commitment toward young people’s rights after making this outcome in national level.

CPD session is important, looking back to the history since its first milestone on International Conference on Population and Development on 1994 in Cairo, Egypt. This conference has been acknowledged as one the most progressive UN conference that changes the dominant paradigm on population and development from population dynamic perspective to rights-based perspective. And also in this conference, reproductive rights have been adopted as a part of human rights that has to be respected.

A lot of resolution for youth and adolescent were made and (controversial) language (sensitive) topics such as adolescent sexuality, sexual rights and reproductive rights, comprehensive sexuality education, access to sexual and reproductive health services, early and forced marriage, and parental rights and responsibilities were negotiated and put into the outcome.

This is the highlight of the resolution from the last 45th CPD session which is considered as victory for Sexual and Reproductive rights activist:

  • Recognize and protect the human rights of adolescents and youth to have control over and decide freely and responsibly on matters relating to their sexuality, including sexual and reproductive health, regardless of age and marital status (OP 7).
  • To eliminate harmful practices, including, among others, female genital mutilation, early and forced marriage, which are violations of the human rights of women and girls (OP 9)
  • To eliminate all forms of discrimination against girls and young women, to remove all obstacles to gender equality, to promote the empowerment of girls and young women in all aspects of youth development, and to encourage boys and young men to participate fully in all actions toward gender equality (OP 16)
  • To promote positive male role models and programmes for boys to become gender-sensitive adults; and to enable men to support, promote and respect women’s sexual and reproductive health and reproductive rights (OP 17)
  • To provide youth friendly services that respect young people’s privacy and confidentiality and remove legal, regulatory and social barriers to reproductive health information and care for adolescents (OP 25).
  • Provide young people with sexuality education (agreed language: evidence-based and comprehensive education on human sexuality, on sexual and reproductive health, human rights, and gender equality) (OP 26).
  • To increase and strengthen services for sexual and reproductive health including safe abortion where legal, family planning, STI, and HIV  (OP 27).
  • Promote gender equality and the empowerment of girls and young women in all aspects of youth development (PP 13)
  • Recognition of early and forced marriage and forced sexual relationships as violating adolescent and young girls ; human rights (PP 14)
  • Provide contraceptive access for women living with HIV and AIDS (PP17).
  • Effective youth participationto actively support and invest in increased participation of young people and in youth-led and youth-focused organizations(OP 31, 32).

 

Read the full outcome document here https://www.facebook.com/notes/ippf-eseaor-youth-network/45th-cpd-outcome-document/370857126293882

The question is: how could we able to make this resolution relevant in our national context, specifically on youth policy? First of all, this international recognition can be an argument for you to advocate for various issues related to young people health and rights. Since a lot of issues such as sexuality education (OP 26), youth friendly services (OP 25), and safe abortion (OP27) have been acknowledged, you can use the reference to your work in national level and ask for your government to implement their commitment.

Second, this resolution is one of the most progressive documents related to young people’s SRHR. It can be used as a strong reference for the next CPD 46th session on migration at April 2013 and the upcoming ICPD+20 on 2014.

A never ending and challenging process, isn’t it? Are you ready for advocating our sexual and reproductive rights?

Rocking Malaysia!

Y-SNAP in Malaysia recently got a chance to conduct capacity building in national level. 19 young people from all around Malaysia came and learn about SRHR for five days!

a lot of things discussed and all of them were agreed that youth participation is a must to ensure that the access to Comprehensive Sexuality Education and Youth Friendly services are widely available.

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Building dialogue on young people’s rights to health in Melaka

Written by Loo Pei Shan

The Melaka International Youth Dialogue (MIYD) is an annual programme of the World Assembly of Youth (WAY) which brings together young people and youth leaders from around the world to discuss relevant youth issues. This year, the 12th Melaka International Youth Dialogue on “Health, It’s My Right!” was held on 28-30 June at Puteri Resort, Melaka, Malaysia.

More than 190 youths and youth leaders from 38 countries around the world participated in this dialogue. It was indeed a great opportunity for youths from different backgrounds in making important recommendations that can facilitate national youth councils, youth organizations, public and private sector, and global communities at large to empower youth on their rights to health.

Two IPPF attendees, Rinaldi Ridwan (Youth Intern, IPPF ESEAOR) and Loo Pei Shan (Intern, IPPF ESEAOR) participated in the 12th MIYD with the objectives to promote the work of IPPF ESEAOR in this region to other youth organisations from non-SRHR community, to expand and build network with non-SRHR community and upscale IPPF works in promoting access to SRH for all, to mainstream and influence the issue of young people’s SRHR within the dialogue and to identify partner for future cooperation by involving young people from IPPF ESEAOR.

IPPF booth was set up for the event with the purpose to increase awareness amongst participants on the SRHR through IPPF’s publication materials and souvenirs.  The response to the exhibition was good throughout the event. A number of participants even expressed their interest and concern on SRH issues.

The 12th MIYD was kick started with the Opening Ceremony. It was then continued with three plenary sessions; stakeholders’ perspective towards youth health; effects of social health on young people; and the challenges that young people face in this era.

Presentations from government representative bodies, academicians, youth organizations, NGOs and private sectors aimed to empower the youth on healthy living in different perspectives. Youth

representative, Rinaldi Ridwan from IPPF ESEAOR was invited to give a presentation on Comprehensive Sexuality Education and Youth Friendly Services in Asia Pacific. The response to the presentation was good as different questions regarding to SRH were asked by participants during the question and answer session.

The day ended with the official dinner hosted by the Mayor of the Melaka Historical City Council which included cultural and musical performances.

The second day started with the workshop on the topic of “The role of public and private sectors, NGOs, media, society on youth health”. An interactive discussion on this topic was formed to share and brainstorm the idea of rights in the different levels of society. Later the list of recommendations was prioritized to come up with a declaration

Last day started with the reading of the draft declaration which was later adopted for implementation. Participants were later taken to educational field trips to medical schools and hospitals. It is hoped that the gain of experience to practical medical environments can enhance the already acquired knowledge on health among the youths.

 The closing ceremony with a dinner and celebrations (by the dignitaries, participants, organizers and volunteers) brought the 12th MIYD to a conclusion.

Overall, it is a valuable experience for IPPF in participating in event with non-SRHR community and how SRHR be perceived as a set of idea. It is important to reach allies from non SRHR community to make the work more visible and be accepted in other movement.

Sex education helps young people make better choices

This article is originally published in The Guardian young people’s sexual health matters

Norhidayah Nadila, of Melaka in Malaysia, describes the impact of peer to peer education

In my society, the word “sexuality” is very sensitive.

We don’t discuss sexuality with the elders because they may think it’s not the right time yet.

I once asked my mother why sexuality and sexual and reproductive health (SRH) issues aren’t discussed. She told me that when she was younger, these issues were not discussed because people were ashamed; she was told she would learn by herself when she was grown up or married. That’s Asian culture, we hide in our shells when it comes to this topic.

I’m a 22-year-old girl, if I had any problem regarding SRH I would not turn to my parents because I feel ashamed and uncomfortable to talk about it. I would search for my friends to talk to.

Other young people might have the same problem and feel uncomfortable to talk about it with their parents. That’s why peer to peer education works. A peer educator is also a normal person who going through the same things as the normal teenager, so its not a problem to discuss about matters of SRH.

I became a peer educator in 2009 because I just wanted to spend my time doing something beneficial. I’m a youth co-ordinator, peer educator and facilitator for IPPF; I’ve been involved in talks, exhibitions, outreach activities in schools, juvenile institutions, higher institutions, shopping malls and public places, and worked on an outreach programme on HIV/Aids related activities funded by Malaysia’s ministry of health.

All of these projects advocate and provide education, promote a positive approach to young people’s sexuality and promote a non-presciptive, evidence-based and rights-based approach. These projects reach young people with diverse needs and sexual orientations.

Throughout out these projects, I have seen many young people still lacking knowledge about sexual and reproductive health and HIV/Aids.

When I think about what I have done, I remember that I have helped someone attain new and acccurate knowledge.

Whenever we finish a workshop, participants will ask me or my team members questions they have kept to themselves for a long time because they felt ashamed or uncomfortable to discuss them with an adult.

When you see someone asking questions or taking notes during a lecture, you are grateful because they are actually listening to us, to what we want to deliver.

By giving young people sex education, we can help them to make better decisions in the future. Some policymakers might think these issues are very sensitive and should not be discussed in public, but you cannot hide from them.

Take for an example, baby dumping. Why is this happening? This is because young people are not educated on how to handle the situation. They were not taught how to use emergency pills or condoms and when they get pregnant, they do not know where to turn for help. We cannot stop young people having sexual intercourse, but we can help by giving them choices.