All posts tagged: #YouthVoices

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Girl Up Initiative Uganda and the SDGs: Youth Perspectives

During the 71st United Nations General Assembly last month in New York City, gender equality and women’s empowerment was a key topic – highlighted in Ban-Ki Moon’s in his opening remarks. Unfortunately, Girl Up Initiative Uganda (GUIU) could not represent the interests of our women and girls in-person this time around. However, we can still highlight the opinions of some of our young women staff members who are dedicated to the UN’s mission vis-a-vis the sustainable development goals (SDGs), which the world’s decision makers are committed to achieving by 2030. “I am proud to call myself a feminist.”- Ban- Ki Moon, Secretary General of the United Nations Gender parity is central to creating a more equitable world. Three of the Global Goals dedicated to this are core to our main activities and mission statement. As a young women-run organization, we prepare girls for the unique challenges they will ultimately face, and position them to be able to create action-based solutions. We also focus on building the capacity of our youth staff members, particularly to learn about global policies such as the …

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Youth Speak Out About HIV/AIDS!

Today, Girls’ Globe blogger, Eleanor met up with several young people at the 2016 International AIDS Conference. It’s the last full day of the conference and these inspiring young activists had a lot to say about the work they are accomplishing to combat the HIV/AIDS epidemic in their countries. They also shared key takeaways they have learned from the conference and their goals going forward in their work. Watch this Inspiring Video:   Girls’ Globe is present at the 2016 International AIDS Conference in Durban, South Africa (17-22nd of July). Follow our team on social media @GirlsGlobe, @FHI360 & @JNJGlobalHealth and by using the hashtag #EndHIV4Her for inspiring blog posts, interviews and updates! To sign up for the daily In Focus Newsletter visit crowd360.org/aids2016/.

21st International AIDS Conference (AIDS 2016), Durban, South Africa.
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Young People’s Leadership in Ending AIDS by 2030

54 young people from  17 different countries across Africa, hosted a Youth Satellite Session at the 21st International AIDS Conference on Youth Leadership in Achieving Universal Sexual Reproductive Health and Rights and Ending AIDS by 2030, hosted in collaboration with the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA), South Africa’s National Department of Health and Johnson & Johnson. The youth satellite session was  creatively organised, featuring poetry, drama, music and a panel discussion where the young people shared perspectives on how living with and without HIV affects them individually and broadly within the communities they live in. They engaged in an intriguing  inter-generational dialogue with key decision makers, stressing the need for multilateral organizations and governments to collaborate with young people to deliver better programs and initiatives at local levels. This could help to achieve better results towards reducing new infections and ultimately ending HIV/AIDS amongst youth and adolescents aged 15-24 across the continent. Meaningful youth engagement was mentioned as a prerequisite in giving  young people the opportunity  to be part of leadership structures that are involved in the …

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The Best of Girls’ Globe In 2015!

The past year has been a whirlwind! As many of you reflect on your year, I am certain you are probably saying the same thing. From adding a new niece to my family, starting a new relationship and diving into my work with Girls’ Globe this year has been full of great changes and opportunities. When I think about all Girls’ Globe has accomplished this year, I am amazed! When I began blogging for Girls’ Globe in 2013, I never would have expected to have the opportunity to watch our online magazine grow into a global network of young women and organizations creating enourmous change for women and girls around the world. It is inspiring to hear daily stories from young women and girls who are gaining leadership skills, learning more about their bodies, starting businesses and advocating for change in their governments. I love talking with the young women and girls’ in our network and hearing about how Girls’ Globe has been a mechanism for them to create change both at a grassroots level in their communities and …

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Adolescent Reproductive Health Concerns in Sub-Saharan Africa

Young people make up the greatest proportion of the population in sub-Saharan Africa, with more than one-third of the population between the ages of 10 and 24. And sub-Saharan Africa is the only region of the world in which the number of young people continues to grow substantially. By 2025, the number of young people (aged 10 to 24) in this region is expected to increase to 436 million. Furthermore, the population is projected to further increase to 605 million by 2050. Adolescents in sub-Saharan Africa have particular reproductive health vulnerabilities such as high adolescent birth rate, gender inequality, early marriage, abduction, harmful traditional practices (such as female genital cutting), unwanted and closely spaced pregnancies, unsafe abortions, and STIs. These young people need access to sexual and reproductive health information and services so they can use contraception, prevent unintended pregnancy and decide if and when to have children. At the same time, these investments allow young people especially girls to take advantage of education and employment opportunities. Ultimately, if nations want to give young people …

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#YouthVoices: PMNCH gives Adolescents & Youth a seat at The Table

The Board Chair of the Partnership on Maternal Newborn and Child Health, Graca Machel called for the establishment of a Youth and Adolescents Constituency. In response, The Partnership invited a group of more than 40 young people and youth leaders from 23 countries, representing organisations around the globe to meet in London to develop a strategic plan to ensure adequate representation of youth and adolescent issues in reproductive, maternal, child and adolescent health. The journey leading up to this historic action, spanned nearly two years, where the development of an adolescent health strategy by the Partnership’s Board began in 2013 and included extensive consultation across dozens of young people and youth-serving organisations working in the SRMNCAH (sexual, reproductive, maternal, newborn, child, adolescent health) sector around the world. The initial two-day meeting workshop took place in London 20-21st July 2015, where the global youth representatives engaged in robust discussions and open brainstorming sessions, which lead to concept, principle and strategic plan development, where such resulted in the  formulation of a framework strategy, a proposal to be …

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Girls: The Missing Reality of the European Refugee Crisis

This post was written by Irene Diaz Soto of Child and Youth Finance International and Kathryn Paik of the Women’s Refugee Commission on behalf of the Coalition for Adolescent Girls.  Among the hundreds of thousands of refugees seeking safety in Europe, adolescent girls are all but invisible. We know they are there, but current policy discussions and relief efforts do not include them. This is not new. In humanitarian response, adolescent girls, if they are considered at all, are usually lumped together either with women or with children, despite their unique needs and experiences that differ vast­ly from those of women or children. Adolescent girls are at heightened risk of abuse, exploitation, poverty, and discrimination. When they are displaced or resettled, they face threats that compromise their bodies, their rights, and their development. As the UN High Commissioner for Refugees, aid groups, and various governments are calling on world leaders to offer safe haven to more Syrian refugees, it’s essential that they include this vulnerable group. Members of the Coalition for Adolescent Girls (CAG), a global …

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We Did It! Making the SDGs A Reality for Girls

By Christal Parris-Campbell In 2015, I had the pleasure of attending the Post 2015 Inter-Governmental Negotiations at the United Nations Headquarters in New York. It was an incredible experience during which I witnessed first-hand the shaping of the future world in the next fifteen years time along with the ratification of the Sustainable Development Goals for the United Nations General Assembly. An Inter-Governmental Negotiation (IGN) takes place at the United Nations Headquarters amongst numerous member states, member groups and civil society. The IGN that I attended as an NGO delegate and member of Advocates for Youth’s Girl Engagement Advisory Board was the final negotiation to be held concerning the Post-2015 Development Agenda. Given that this was the final negotiation, most of the goals and targets had already been established and were no longer on the table for amendment. Therefore, our role as civil society was primarily to liaise with member states along with participating in a number of press conferences and formulating creative ways to get the attention of the co-facilitators so that they would …