Category: advocacy


The YouthForce Declaration (in progress)

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20th July

Below are the results from our Declaration 4 Change project.

Top 10 ideas

All young people have the right to sexual and reproductive health services that are accessible, available, safe, affordable, quality-approved, youth-friendly and adapted to their specific needs.

Meaningful youth participation at all levels of decision-making is crucial in the development of effective SRHR and HIV programmes; participation must include not only those with resources but also those on the ground levels.

We demand ACCESS to youth-friendly prevention, treatment, care and support services for all young people, including young people living with HIV, so that our right to the highest attainable standard of health may be achieved.

Comprehensive and appropriate information about HIV should be accessible to all young people including those with disabilities, in & out of schools, migrants & those living in geographically isolated and disadvantaged areas.

We demand increased funding for research … Read More »



YouthForce Campaign

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19th July

The DC YouthForce has developed a great campaign to unite young people.

Check out the details below and learn how you can best advocate for the YouthForce, based on our extensive consultation of almost 1000 young people from over 90 countries.

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ACCESS

Young people want access:

To evidence-based HIV prevention, to comprehensive sexuality education, ;

To youth-friendly services, treatment, care and support for all young people, including young people living with HIV, so that our right to the highest attainable standard of health may be achieved, and

To financial and technical support that strengthen youth organizations and youth led initiatives working on the HIV response.

PARTNERSHIPS

Young people insist on partnership:

To evidence-based HIV prevention, to comprehensive sexuality education,

To youth-friendly services, treatment, care and support for … Read More »



LGBT and young people: Turning the Tide

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3rd July

Guest post as part of the I Live Out Loud project.

Young people are especially vulnerable to HIV; every day an estimated 6,000 youth become infected worldwide.

In Jamaica, despite many interventions, including television ads, school tours, campaigns supported by dancehall and reggae artistes and increase in HIV testing, HIV transmission among young people continues to show little signs of progress. Young people, 15–24 years, account for 0.90% of HIV cases and young men who have sex with men (MSM) in Jamaica are at even higher risk of contracting HIV.

In many countries, lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) youth face significant difficulties accessing HIV and AIDS information, prevention and treatment services. Within this group, young men who have sex with men (MSM) experience significantly higher rates of HIV prevalence compared to other young people.

In Jamaica, there are an estimated 28,000 men who … Read More »


Past Campaigns

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21st April

Did you know that this is our 6th time making a global advocacy campaign for young people to rally around? You can read the full story of the YouthForce for more details, or you may take a look at some of our past campaigns:

Toronto advocacy campaign – 2006
Mexico advocacy campaign – 2008
Vienna advocacy campaign – 2010



Forming Committees

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21st April

During all of February and March our team has worked on calling for applications and selecting people from across the globe to form part of our working committees. By March 22, we will announce peeps selected in order to get the ball rolling. We are excited!

Read the call for applications here.

Read the full list of selected people here.



eConsultation

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21st April

During December of 2011 and January of 2012, our Core Group designed an e-consultation that reached over one thousand young people from across the globe. We are now working on processing all the great feedback you sent us in order to create our key advocacy messages based on what you thought was most important. Thanks for all your valuable help in this process!

The e-consultation has now been closed, however, the form may still be viewed online.




From the Blog

Read the DC YouthForce Blog to find updates before the conference, throughout the conference and after the conference from our team.

Social Media & Web 2.0 advancing Human Rights

We promised to write up some notes from the session held today called The Utilization of Social Media & Web 2.0 to Advance the Human...

The YouthForce Declaration (in progress)

Below are the results from our Declaration 4 Change project.

Top 10 ideas

All young people have the right to sexual and reproductive health services that...