In the framework of the 16 Days of Activism Against Gender Violence campaign, Y-PEER Albania team has worked with Fatma, a journalist from Albania on producing a video in support of the cause. Watch it here:
KORÇA, Albania – “When I was sixth grade, my mother used to say, very often, ‘Finish this year, and do not go to school anymore’,” said Gina,* a youth advocate from the marginalized Roma community in Albania.
In many ways, she did what her mother expected. She became engaged at 15 and married soon afterward. By 19 years old, she was a mother.
Last week, YouAct was present at the 2015 EuroNGOs conference hosted by Sex og Politikk, the Norwegian Association for Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights. Anna Johanson Dahl, SC member from Sweden and Ana Rizescu, the organization’s Coordinator, had the opportunity to meet, network, exchange and disseminate ideas, information and resources for advocacy.
We are delighted to share the Youth Voice Campaign News Bulletin with compiled updates from country teams from Albania, Azerbaijan, Bosnia & Herzegovina, Georgia, Kyrgyzstan, Macedonia, Moldova and Turkmenistan as well as regional updates from youth advocates who were involved in various post-2015 development agenda related processes.
By International Youth Day with the support of partner organizations young activists gathered about 5000 postcards with voices of youth from all regions of Kyrgyzstan addressed President of KR, Prime-minister KR and Permanent Representative UN in Kyrgyzstan.
During July 2015 in Turkmenistan an informational campaign promoting healthy lifestyle among adolescents and young people was held in the summer camps by 14 Y-PEER volunteers. In particular volunteers taught the youth how to express and argue their opinions and shared goals and objectives of the “Youth Voice” Campaign, to continue the ideas of the campaign their regions and cities and ensure that the youth voices are taken not only as global agenda, but also included into national and local development plans. Result of this campaign in the summer camps: 3390 young people joined the Campaign.
In the period of 28 July- 20 August were held 5 public discussions on the topics: Health, Education, Employment and volunteering, Non-discrimination and Environment. Young people had a great opportunity to work together with experts from different fields and to discuss top problems and solutions which were proposed by youth. Many young people came from different towns to express their opinions regarding youth problems. They have appreciated the interest of ministries’ representatives to support them in the future. Moreover, youth initiatives were described by the representatives of ministries and experts, as a necessary mobilization to make young people’s voices heard. Some young people’s opinions are listed below:
To mark the International Youth Day more than 50 young people forming 8 different teams participated in the amateur version of the intellectual game “What? Where? When?”. They were the representatives of different NGOs and initiative groups, active in youth-related issues including healthcare, social protection, education, employment, development and civic engagement.At the end of the event, members of the winner teams were awarded gifts and certificates by UNFPA Georgia CO.
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.
The second phase of Youth Voice Campaign in Azerbaijan has started with the Regional Campaign “Azerbaijani Youth in Action for Better Future” organized jointly by the UN Population Fund (UNFPA), the National Assembly of Youth Organizations of the Republic of Azerbaijan (NAYORA) and the Ministry of Youth and Sports of the Republic of Azerbaijan.