On August 12 we’re launching HCDExchange’s first annual International Youth Day convening! This event will bring together youth designers, advocates, and organizations to share practices, learning, and evidence. This is a great opportunity to connect with each other, celebrate the range of people and organisations working in HCD+ASRH, and showcase the global and southern nature of our community.
Participants explored the various ways young people can be involved in defining and designing programs and solutions that best address and meet their needs, as well as how to involve them meaningfully and visibly in policy process on sexual and reproductive health and rights issues.
From listening to experiences from the different regions, it was evident that the lack of information about HIV causes rampant stigma, which is the biggest barrier to creating an effective HIV response.
Increasingly youth are standing up and saying that “there is nothing for us without us.” This statement reinforces the need to ensure that we take an adolescent and youth-centered approach to advancing the HIV response.
By listening to experiences from the different regions, it was evident that SGBV is a cycle that permeates in all the spaces that young people occupy right from their own homes and schools to the larger society.
I believe we young people are the experts of our own issues. We have to be meaningfully engaged in matters that concern us.