The Youth Voice Campaign in Bosnia and Herzegovina (BiH) incorporated one info stand and a few workshops with young people, as preparatory activities for the implementation of the Letter Campaign and round tables with school administrations. Moreover, in the framework of the Youth Voice campaign, BiH built the capacity of young volunteers on project management and resource mobilization, as well as strengthened its capacities as a national network.

Besides this, Y-PEER BiH held two meetings with the Ilidza Municipality Mayor and a representative of the Institute of Public Health of the Sarajevo Canton addressing the problems that young people face. Following the meeting with the Ilidža Municipality Mayor and the discussion regarding the challenges faced by young people in the district, Y-PEER BiH managed to mobilize support and resources for conducting additional seminars addressing stigma and discrimination issues.

At the end of September, Y-PEER BiH  in cooperation with Partnerships in Health organized a meeting for service providers working in centers for testing and counseling on HIV across the country. The meeting’s topics were related to everyday challenges, progress and needs of centers, especially those for smaller communities. Special attention was given to youth and voluntary HIV testing.

  • The International Youth Day in BiH

The theme of International Youth Day in 2015 was “Youth Civic Engagement.” The engagement and participation of youth is essential to achieve sustainable human development.

Through many volunteering activities throughout Bosnia and Herzegovina, the youth showed today why their social inclusion is important, but also which are they every day problems.

Through its contribution, young people engaged in the United Nations in Bosnia and Herzegovina helped the Public kitchen in Vogosca and the Center for persons with disabilities. The partners, Institute for Youth Development KULT and the Youth Communication Center Banja Luka, and United Nations Populations Fund (UNFPA) organized events in Sarajevo and Banja Luka within the project “Strengthening structures for empowerment and participation of young people in Bosnia and Herzegovina”.

Their goal is to point out the need for systematic youth care in both entities, as are health, education and civic engagement. Young people are invited to be actively involved in development and subsequent implementation of draft RS Youth policy 2016-2020 as well as FBiH Strategy for Youth 2016-2020.

*Originally published on: http://ba.one.un.org/content/unct/bosnia_and_herzegovina/en/home/presscenter/obilje_avanje-meunarodnog-dana-mladih-u-bosni-i-hercegovini.html

For more information about Youth Voice Campaign in Bosnia and Herzegovina follow the links below, please: http://eecayouthvoice.org/category/bosnia-and-herzegovina/, https://www.facebook.com/Y-Peer-Bosnia-and-Herzegovina-184595568246108/timeline/