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VYF Messages 2010

VYF Messages 2010

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Advocacy messages of the Vienna YouthForce for AIDS2010
Advocacy messages of the Vienna YouthForce for AIDS2010

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E-consultation facts:5 weeks
of consultations with
60 different questions
regarding
availability,accessibility 
and
resource development
that werefilled by
312 respondents
from over
80 countries
 around the world and with a mean age of
26 years
.
ADVOCACY
 AIDS2010
Vienna YouthForce
WHY ARE THESE MESSAGES GENERATED?
As done during the 2006 and 2008 International AIDS Conferences in Toronto and Mexico City, the AdvocacySubcommittee of the Vienna YouthForce is responsible for generating common advocacy messages.
The messages generated by theVienna YouthForce (VYF) through its Advocacy Subcommittee (AS) are thecommon ideas put forward on behalf ofyoung people around the world in regardsto HIV prevention, young people rightsand sexual and reproductive health needsand rights.
These are then turned into acampaign which includes: a) visibilitymaterials; b) a commitment desk, and c)capacity building of young people inorder to partake in international debates,negotiations and decision makingprocesses.
But how are these messagesbuilt?
Messages for young people to advocateas a common group are built through ane-consultation that is led by the AS. Thisway, we assure that young people fromacross the globe are represented andtheir needs and realities are addressed.
Furthermore, world-widebrainstorming takes place to exhibit andaddress key policy messages throughoutthe Conference. The e-consultationserves as a means of creating dialogueabout young people’s most significantneeds, goals and challenges they face aswell as their recommendations for youth-specific policies in the global HIV and AIDS movement.
 
This year’s e-consultation alsoincorporated a discussion on advocacyvisibility materials. Throughout the lastweek of the e-consultation, we had anopen forum for the participants to discusspossible images to go with the advocacymessages in order to create a powerfuland effective campaign.
Key messages of theVienna YouthForce forAIDS2010
 
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Mandatory sexualeducation laws andpromotion and informationabout them
Out of 113 respondents, 36% saidin their community there is a law thatmandates for education regarding HIVto be provided to young people and29% said there isn’t one. A concerning30% did not have any informationabout this in their community.
Availability of condomsin rural areas and religiouscommunities
Respondents identified that whilein big cities and industrializedcountries condoms are accessible atdrug stores, bars and universities, inrural areas and religious communities,condoms were very hard to be found.
Reduce obstacles foraccessing informationregarding HIV
Main obstacles identifies were:lack of information about availability ofhealth services, taboo, fear of stigmaand discrimination, lack ofconfidentiality, requirement of parentalconsent.
Economic resources forgreater empowerment ofyoung people
Youth participation in makingpolicy that affect their lives, learningpossibilities and sharing with friends,get involved and advocate, sensitizingpeer groups, involvement of youthfrom planning to evaluation stages,youth-adult partnerships,strengthening institutional capacitiesamong youth-led organizations andyouth-led design if youth friendlyservices are some of the areas whereyoung people should be involved toimprove access to health services.
 3 priority issues:
Respondents identified 3 priorityissues:
Maintain or augment currentfunding of the Global Fundtowards young people’s initiatives
Comprehensive sexualeducation, capacity building ofyoung people and accessibility toservices
 Affordability of
quality care andservices for young people.
First steps:
First steps identified for these issues:
Raise resources for peer trainingand treatment and amicable, youthsensitizing campaigns;
Strengthen young leaders andyouth-led organizations;
Fund
quality care and servicesfor young people.
at communitylevel, and
 Amplify youth-adultpartnerships.
 
HEALTH RESOURCES
MAIN AGENDA ISSUES TO CONSIDER:
 
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HumanRights foryoungpeople
Promotion of theConvention of the Rights ofthe Child
Out of 95 respondents, only 29%said young people in their communityhave a generalized knowledge of whatthe Convention entails, while a worrying52% said they don’t. This is even morein rural areas and because of amicablematerials.
Human rights for HIVeducation
One third or respondents statedthere aren’t any peer-educationprogrammes in their community thathelp empower young people to usehuman rights as a framework for HIV.
Rights of young LGBTT,young sex workers and youngdrug users
 According to most respondents,homosexuality is regarded as a tabooand therefore, rights of young LGBTThindered. While there are some effortstowards the rights of young peopleliving with HIV, young drug users andsex workers, these could be improvedby involving young people in communityactivities and implementing publicpolicies of empowerment. Mostimportant, punitive laws must berepealed.
Respond and be active onhuman rights
Two thirds of respondents believetheir governments are either ‘somewhatactive’ or ´passive´ when defendinghuman rights of young people. This is ofparticular importance when following upon hate crimes and the efforts towardshumane treatment for drug users andgender equality.
 3 priority issues:
Respondents identified 3 priority issues:Respondents identified 3 priority issues:
Right to confidentiality and nodiscrimination of young people
Right to health services thatassure access to family planningservices, contraceptives, condomsand STI treatment
Right to comprehensiveeducation regarding sex, HIV,sexual and reproductive health anddrug use.
First steps:
Provide education andinformation;
Promote human rights whenproviding treatment for young drugusers and young people living withHIV;
Include sexual and reproductivehealth and rights as part of thecompulsory educational systems’curricula, and
Include young people at policydrafting and implementation.
HUMAN RIGHTS
MAIN AGENDA ISSUES TO CONSIDER:

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