Monday, September 3, 2012

Country Highlights - Day 2

While the 10 Days of Activism is happening simultaneously in different countries, we are proud to see how young people care about their future, life and rights and they are so motivated to do whatever it takes to accomplish their main goals!  During the first two days we have received so many incredible updates and pictures from different events and activities from all over the world. We're sharing them as they come, there are more to be uploaded, so check the website regularly!

We are now presenting to your attention the daily updates from 2nd September - from 19 countries: Albania, Algeria, Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Jordan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Lebanon, Macedonia, Moldova, Mongolia, Morocco, Pakistan, Philippines, Turkey, Sudan, US, Uzbekistan. 


The Albanian Y-PEER members decided to be creative and went out in the nature. They showed us how to use the great weather and the amazing natural surroundings and do field work - an awareness campaign  at the hills of Lake of Tirana. 
Informative desks with leaflets, brochures, booklets, flyers, were available to young passers (14-24) not excluding older ages. 15 young volunteers of youth center “PO” and staff were involved with IEC materials presentation and distribution. Throughout the campaign message “We demand Comprehensive Sexual Education “was appropriately conveyed toward young ages. People who received information and condoms expressed to be satisfied with such initiative: “This activity fulfils our needs for information and education on SRHR – a young girl from Tirana”.


On their second they of the campaign, the 10DoA activists organized a Peer Education session for youngsters. A focus group of discussion between peers to evaluate the effectiveness of outreach activities lead previously among youth and make a small mapping on the most sensitive places in the capital to organize prevention actions among most vulnerable groups in popular cities.
Y-PEER started recording advertisement spots and videos with youth leaders, community and religious leaders to promote the zero target by 2015 as well as screening and prevention of HIV transmission from mothers to children.


It was fully youth participation & youth refreshment programme. We started our 10 Days campaigning by organizing a cricket game. It was organized In Badsha Faishal Islami Institute (Res) by  Family Planning Association of Bangladesh Jessore Branch. The vend has been attended by many young people who became involved into the initiative. After the training there were a distribution of condoms and other informative brochures and flyers.  


This was first time ever that this kind of activities were held in Bhutan and it started so enthusiastic and energetic! It began with Youth Forum on topics such as substance abuse, STD, Contraception, teenage pregnancy, gender inequality and in the evening they've organized interactive radio show, which was really successfully.
They've also came up with recomendations on youth issuses which will be forwarded to concerned youth agencies.
On 2nd September they've organized a huge event in Tashitse Higher Secondary School, Wamrong. Almost 200 students participated in a quiz competition and raising awareness campaing about issues like gender inequality, contraception, substance abuse, unhealthy relationship… High school students became really enthusiastic by this campaign and they expressed their will to become volunteers and members of Y-PEER network!


An event‘Café for young people’ with the main concept of Freedom of Expression was organized by energetic young people of Y-PEER India among 15 young people. Despite Indian Constitutional granted Freedom of Expression as our fundamental right, many youths are not aware about it. The activity was around the issue of freedom of expression, some major incidents around it and how freedom play roles in our lives to express our ideas and thoughts. The program started with a game in participants had to explain a word in front of others through sign language with an objective to show the reality when we don’t have voice to raise our concern, which was followed by discussion around different global concerns of young people. Participants shared their incidents/ experiences being restricted to express views including their personal incidents related to their family and friends. The discussion was concluded with the discussion in balancing responsibility and freedom and watching a film called “Exit through the Giftshop”.

Also, they prepared and made a survey among young people which is called “YOUR OPINION MATTERS” in ordered to study how informed are the youngsters about the national youth policy, SRHR topics, sexual and health education and HIV/AIDS.
This survey was conducted online and had the objective of tapping on the viewpoints, ideas, opinions related to various youth issues like Youth policies, their representation, their contribution along with their attitudes related to ARSH issues. This survey was also circulated through mails to generate a greater response from youth.(15-25 years).

The results have shown that only 45.5% of young people in India are aware about the National Youth Policy” though 86.4% of respondents believed that Youth power is powerful and it is important to involve them for decisions related to youth.

Regarding reproductive and sexual health, 90.9% of youth felt that they have enough information about sexual and reproductive health and 50% of them wish to receive this information from mothers but yes, all of them felt that “Sex education” should be an integral part of our education system. When asked about some of the components of “reproductive and sexual health” education, most of them have written (biological and reproductive system, personal and sexual hygiene and birth control methods, prevention of sexual diseases, healthy sexual practices, information about agencies, hotlines and NGO which help people in these situations) and believe that all this will help  young people to be  informed and aware. Whether AIDS is a disease of immoral people, 9.1% responded as “DON’TKNOW” and in India, this percentage means a lot.

The launch of online competition for Jordan young people is one of the highlight of the day! The online competition includes questions related to young people rights, MDGs , sexual and reproductive education and is addressed mainly to young people age 15 – 30 years old. The competition consists of two parts and those who have a minimum of right questions answered are getting vouchers from Virgin Mega Store. 

Also,  Dareen - Y-PEER Jordan Focal Point in Charge - participated in Donya Ya Donia air show, one of the most watched shows in Jordan at Roya TV channel. She was invited for an interview and talekd about the network mandate, the work they do on the field and the 10DoA campaign as an advocacy tool. You can watch it here:  -


The Y-PEER Activists from Kazakhstan also did a field work again in a nice environment. In different parts of the country, hey all gathered and exchanged sweets and vitamins with cigarettes with those people who were smoking in the park. After the activity, the volunteers from different NGOs including : “Dostar” Leadership center, “Intellect” NGO, “Youth development center”, “Vector” NGO, “Center for Social technologies” conducted a meeting in order to discuss further steps in prevention of HIV/AIDS among vulnerable groups and young people.


For 2nd september, the partnering organization Public Union “Youth Peer Education Network Y-PEER” organized and implemented 3 events!
The first one was a survey among more than 100 young people in order to identify main Youth SRHR concerns in Bishkek and Osh cities of Kyrgiszstan. The second event was a Forum Theatre performance which indicated the problems of unwanted pregnancy, disinformation about SRH, misunderstanding in family, of young person who have been faced with reproductive health problems, and was oppressed by the community, by the family.

Target group of forum-theatre were young people of Bishkek city: mainly unorganized and studying at universities, schools also few adults were eager to watch our play.

And the last one was a participation in radio broadcast called “Azattyl+” (national representative of international liberty of voice).  We have managed to explain the core purpose of the international youth campaign 10DoA and our national activities as well.

The hard working activists from ‘Think Positive’ conducted a discussion group with young people. The topics which have been discussed were on HIV/AID's related issues, stigma and discrimination against people living with HIV. The youngsters really active in the discussion and they have asked many logical and related to the topics questions and also they gave us really positive feedback for the event.


Y-PEER Macedonia Peer Educators were active on a Beer Fest in Skopj and they managed to reach more then 3000 people. They had a booth with lots of useful information for young people, they shared condoms, promo materials, informative leaflets and talked to those who were interested to hear more about young people's sexual reproductive health and rights. 


On 2nd September, young educators from Moldova organized informative sessions for 60 youngsters on HIV and sexual and reproductive health in two villages (Pelenia and Chetrosul). Also, in Drochia district they organized a movie session followed by facilitated discussions. Yong people watched „Above the sky“ , a movie about HIV transmission and they discussed means of prevention and other issues related to HIV/AIDS. 


The Mongolian young campaigners did also a street action which they showed how to use art techniques for peer education by paining the streets manholes. 
We were painting different pictures on the 50 manholes which are located in the main street in 2 days. It is a brand new activity and the activity has never been organized like this in Mongolia. Odontuya.D and Uyanga.B, who are International advanced trainers, organized all day activity and Y-PEER committee group members, volunteers and artists have attended to organize this successful activity.

Moreover, television such as- breaking news- National Broadcasting System, Eagle TV, MN25, Shuud TV, Sansar HD entertainment TV, ETV and newspaper such as Daily News and web sites were coming to broadcast our process and promote our activity to the public.
All the organizers, volunteers, committee group members wore the jacket with logo of Y-PEER Mongolia and 10DoA. It caught everybody’s eyes to become familiar with logo of Y-PEER Mongolia and 10 DoA. During the event we introduced about objectives of 10 DoA and what is Y-PEER and what we do.

We were attracted to people because of our ongoing activity more as it was in the past. The paintings on manholes express many different meanings and we are really sure that our creative activity can be good message for not only the youth but also adults and decision makers.


In Morocco in youth Elkbab they organized A Training of Trainers for 25 young people. The second day of the training was mostly dedicated to life skills. Exercises, role plays, presentations, discussions were all improving participants knowledge and skills. 


 In Usta Muhammad-Blochistan, young activists held a dialogue session with 30 youngsters. Mr. Khalid Mir gave short introduction about campaing and network and basic information related to sexual reproductive health and rights, but most important part was when young people had a chance to share their thought, opinions, problems and actively engaged in discussion!


60 youth volunteers of working in the Humanitarian setting have their individual picture opportunity in support for the 10 DoA in Cagayan De Oro, Philippines in coordination with Y-PEER National network and Family Planning Organisation of the Philippines. Each of the volunteers made statement about the theme:“Nothing for us, without us” for the photo shoot which would be used to collected to develop a small video presentation in support for the 10 DoA. Some leaflets were also designed by young people to distribute in different schools and places to raise awareness about the 10 DoA during the campaign day.

They've organized awareness session about Youth and Social development, their focus was on youth participation starting from thinking, designing, implementation, monitoring and evaluation...
Younsters got a chance to express their thought on topics that affects their lives the most. These kind of sessions were organized in  Cafa Sudan’s Community Development, Babiker Badri Scientific for Women Studies, Sudan’s people living with HIV/AIDS Association , Jers Center  for Development  


Y-PEER Turkey network organized a local SRH training in İzmir as part of 10 DoA. Students from 2 universities participated this training. During the training, the trainers explained people how to be involved to 10 DoA. After this, they planned to make a movie about young people’s situation on SRH in İzmir to raise awareness on social network.

They also organized a local SRH training in Ankara as part of 10 DoA. Students from 5 universities participated this training. During the training, the trainers explained participants how to be involved to 10 DoA. After this, they planned to open a booth to inform young people in Ankara to include 10 DoA.


The youth led organisation Smart Youth is using digital media reach to promote the themes and messages of 10 Days of Activism through blogs, twitter and Facebook, to talk about sexual health issues being faced young adults in New York City. An on-line survey was created to collect the ideas of intervention through peer educators to deal with the needs of adolescents to make healthy sexual decisions. The blogs published are on the issues like; proper use for male and female condoms with its pros and cons through videos and picture. More information on

In Uzbekistan young people attended a national Training of Trainers. During the 3 days participants could get basic information about HIV/AIDS, STI, planning and organizing of info sessions, monitoring and assessment of activities and leadership. We really think that the participants were benefited much from this training and hopefully we will have them on board for future events as well.

Also, in Termez city, the young activists decided to study the level of awareness about HIV/AIDS amon the youngsters.  In order to do that, many volunteers went on the streets to do a field work, informative campaign and distribution of health materials.  The whole campaign was named “What do you understand by HIV/AIDS and Reproductive Health”.  


We had a meeting called “Successful Stories” inspired by the initiative of the 10DoA, 2012. The meeting had shed the light on 7 inspirational and fruitfulyouth experiences it's also contained entertainment program in addition tospeeches from Y-PEER and the Sudanese Association for Youth Development representatives.
They shared their amazing experience on the following topics:
• Studies and Researches
• HIV/AIDS & Stigma
• Projects
• charity Initiative
• Young Writers Initiative
• Film Making
• TEDx

At the end of the meeting, Sudan Film Factory had committed to train 10 young male and female from different youth Organizations on film making to improve the documentation process for their programs.


During the first day of the 10DoA, Y-PEER Macedonia did two amazing activites. The first is called “Promote quality music and quality lifestyle” and second is called “Why SexEd and Services?”. The first event was a concert and and gathered many people, when the second activity was more informative and they shooted a short documentary movie.
Approximately, 400 young people were enjoying the concert because of the good music and the good company of YPEER advocates. We distributed around 500 condoms and promotional flayers for YPEER Macedonia 10 days of activism.
The shooting of the movie “Why SexEd and Services?” started yesterday with the statement of YPEEER ambassador Dani Dimitrovska. Furthermore, on the opening party in Menada “Take a stand” points was set up and youth expressed their opinion on the need of SexEd and youth friendly health services.
Additionally mobile vehicle for free of charge HIV testing was located near the club and young people were making voluntary, confident   and anonymous HIV testing.


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