Before General Elections, June 7th,in the country, Turkey team planned a workshop for young people with UN Youth Thematic Group about post-2015 Agenda and how to reach and communicate with stake holders to share youth messages including following topics: human rights, communication skills, and parliamentary system on May 15th.
Sexual harassment is defined as unwelcome behavior of a sexual nature. (1) Unwelcome behavior is behavior that a person doesn’t ask for and considers offensive which means any kind of activities without victim’s consent. Consent is knowing, voluntary and clear permission by word or action, by all participants to a sexual activity. Since individuals may experience the same interaction in different ways, it is the responsibility of each party to make certain that the other has consented before engaging in the activity.(2)
It all began when we participated Training of Trainers then we started to organise local peer education sessions. After several years have passed in Reproductive Health Peer Education Project (RHPEP) one of our contacts told us that they will find a new association and they would like to attend trainings we conduct. We were so happy to get this request as Y-PEERs because they could be our new partner. So we get the party started –I mean we started preparations of the training. A group of four young people was set to go to Eskişehir for the training.
The Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) is the United Nations central platform for reflection, debate, and innovative thinking on sustainable development. The ECOSOC Youth Forum, which was launched in 2012, provides an annual platform for youth to engage in dialogue with member states on a range of issues of interest to them. Since 2012, the Forum has become a space where young people can contribute to policy discussions at the United Nations through their collective ideas, solutions and innovations. This year ECOSOC Youth Forum took place on 2-3 February 2015, and I was selected one of the two youth representatives from Turkey by United Nations, so that I got the chance to represent Y-PEER there.
This year for the first time young people’s five projects related to SRHR regarding ICPD were funded by UNFPA Turkey Country Office.
Under Reproductive Health Peer Education Project, Y-PEER Programme, a small funding programme was launched in 2014. Young groups and youth NGOs were eligible to apply with their projects on youth SRHR.
In Turkey, since 2011, youth organizations join their forces under 1st December Youth Initiative to plan and implement joint activities for World AIDS Day with special emphasize on youth sexual and reproductive health and rights.
There has been 156 events for this year’s December 1st World AIDS Day in 37 different cities in Turkey so far. Stands, press release, social media covering, #showyourselfie, sexual and reproductive health peer education sessions, panels and thematic film workshops are some of the events that is on the list.