10 Days of Activism from Mongolia!

During 1st – 1oth September 2012, YPEER Youth Peer Educator Network held a worldwide campaign on 10 Days of Activism! Under the theme “Nothing for Us Without Us”, Y-PEER in more than 20 countries worldwide conduct this activity, including YSNAP members in Mongolia!  Kudos to young people and youth SRHR activist in Mongolia!

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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

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.

 

Our first meeting to consolidate ESEAOR youth network!

What do you know about the IPPF ESEAOR Youth Network? What is the first thing that comes into your mind when we mention these words?

Currently the IPPF ESEAOR youth network is fluid and still in the process of building in the East, South East Asia and Oceania region. Since November 2011 all of our activities have been online discussion based. We luckily had a chance to meet with each other for a four day workshop about Comprehensive Sexuality Education in Bangkok. Yes! One special day for young people and adults to sit together and discuss how and what we can do to further build this youth network and ensure the voices of young people in the region can be heard worldwide!

A regional youth consultative meeting was held on the 17th – 20th February 2012. This meeting gathered six youth representatives from six IPPF ESEAOR MA’s, four youth participants from regional organisations (Youth LEAD and YPEER) and IPPF staff.

This meeting was designed to consult with youth activists on how to build, maintain, mobilize, and strategize youth networks on a regional level. We also worked on formulating and realizing what meaningful youth participation is in programs and how to advocate initiatives!

It was revealed that the common challenge while working with young people is the knowledge transfer process, coping with limited funding, and making sure adults understand that young people need space and time for capacity building to empower them. One particular challenge on a regional level is language barriers. Language barriers are a big obstacle when linking young people on the grassroots level with regional process

We were lucky to have Arushi Singh, one of the founders of SARYN (South Asia Regional Youth Network) shared her experience about the building process of youth network. He explained that the regional youth network should be supported by a strong national youth network, and this should be a priority when developing the youth network.

Therefore, it is important to have committed SRHR youth activists working continuously to support this network. This can be hard, as sometimes adults use age as an excuse not to involve young people. This should not be a barrier, instead it should be a common cause to build the capacity of young people.

 ”Ït was very great to see everyone and I hope we can support and work together in the future”- Thaw, Youth LEAD

“This meeting will help build the ESEAOR Youth Network. Working with young people doesn’t mean we don’t need the adults, we should build trust with the adults.”

 

In the afternoon session we met with our internal youth network. We discussed how to build up youth media on a national level, youth friendly services, youth adult partnerships, and the upcoming regional youth forum in July 2012. We also shared about upcoming regional and international events and how young people can meaningfully engage in their processes. In 2012 events being held are, the United Nation CPD meeting, International AIDS Conference, ASEAN People’s Forum and Rio+20 Earth Summit.

This year will be a challenging year for us to advocate regionally and internationally. This meeting helped bring young people into a safe space for them to share about their work on a national level and to start involving them more in regional processes.

Are you interested in joining us? Start contributing in your respective MA’s and we will keep you updated! 😀