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GYCA is a youth-led global network of more than 8,000 young leaders and adult allies working on youth and HIV/AIDS in 173 countries worldwide.GYCA's mission is to empower young leaders with the skills, knowledge, resources, and opportunities they need to scale-up HIV/AIDS interventions amongst their peers.



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Announcement: New membership database for new and existing members!


GYCA membership and list-serve subscription is being moved to the Google Group platform effective immediately! As always, new members are invited to join at any time! Existing members will have until July 11th, 2014 to join the new GYCA database at http://bit.ly/1ldgT10!


 


In addition to a new membership database and platform, we will be giving all GYCA members the option to join updated regional list-serves to promote communication and collaboration at the regional level.


 


These changes will allow us to share more relevant opportunities and news, reacquaint ourselves with our members, and streamline our list-serve messages.


 


Please go to http://bit.ly/1ldgT10 to sign up for GYCA and GYCA list-serves! Write to [email protected] with any questions.


 


June 16, 2014 | 11:02 AM Comments  {num} comments

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The PACT releases ACT2015! advocacy strategy toolkit!

Originally posted by UNAIDS.

To mobilize young people to influence the post-2015 agenda UNAIDS in full collaboration with the PACT for social transformation in the AIDS response, a coalition of 25 youth organizations with more than 1 million young people in their collective networks, launched ACT 2015: one goal, many voices.
 
In the first phase of ACT! 2015, young people around the world organized community dialogues with 187 were registered on crowdoutaids.org to set advocacy priorities.
 
Today, ACT 2015 moves into phase two with the launch of the ACT2015! advocacy strategy toolkit.  The ACT 2015! toolkit is a practical workbook for young people who are passionate about advancing HIV and Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights (SRHR) through national advocacy in the post-2015 agenda.
 
The toolkit, developed in partnership with Restless Development, supports youth organizations to build national alliances and develop a national advocacy roadmapto engage with key decision makers influential in post-2015. 
 
Download the full toolkit here.
 
YOU can play a critical role to ensure political momentum is sustained to get to end of the AIDS epidemic and secure specific targets around SRHR in the post-2015 agenda.

Please share the toolkit with your networks to get young people organized!
 
If you have any questions, send an email to the ACT 2015 core team at [email protected].
 

 
ACT 2015 is a long term youth-led social action initiative based on new forms of organizing using social media and online technology.  It includes broad systematic support and capacity building of youth organizations on the ground to advocate for a commitment to: 1) ending the AIDS epidemic by 2030 and 2) universal access to sexual and reproductive health and rights for all young people, including harm reduction, in the post-2015 development framework. 


May 20, 2014 | 11:09 AM Comments  {num} comments

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Link Up Consortium releases statement on 47th CPD

Below is the statement from the Link Up Consortium on the outcomes of the 47th session of the Commission on Population and Development that took place in April 2014.


May 13, 2014


Link Up Consortium Statement

Demanding a Rights Based HIV Response: Achievements at the 47th CPD Must Be Leveraged to Obtain the Commitments We Urgently Need

The 47th session of the Commission on Population and Development (CPD) ended with a call from governments to reaffirm the ICPD Programme of Action, which called for women’s health and rights—specifically their sexual and reproductive health and reproductive rights—to be central to global development policies, programming, and funding. The Link Up Consortium is pleased to see the 47th CPD outcome resolution recognises adolescents’ right to access information and services on sexually transmitted infections, and that such services should protect adolescents’ rights to privacy, confidentiality, respect, and informed consent. We further commend the CPD for calling on governments to remove legal, regulatory, and social barriers to reproductive health information and care for adolescents and to provide evidence-based comprehensive education on human sexuality that addresses stigma and discrimination and promotes human rights.

It is encouraging that many governments expressed strong support for advancing sexual rights. Fifty-nine governments explicitly called for action to end discrimination and violence on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity. The calls came from countries as diverse as the Philippines, South Africa, the Pacific Islands, Vietnam, Nepal, Mongolia, Suriname, the United States, Australia, Norway, the European Union, and most Latin American countries. These calls build on agreements made at the ICPD Beyond 2014 Review regional population conferences in Latin America and the Caribbean and in Asia and the Pacific, as well as on the outcomes of thematic conferences, such as the ICPD Global Youth Forum Bali Declaration.

However, despite the significant support among governments for advancing sexual rights, we are extremely disappointed that the 47th CPD outcome resolution itself left out any reference to sexual rights, sexual orientation, gender identity, and the stigma and discrimination faced by people of diverse sexual orientations and gender identities. The Resolution also stipulates that sexual and reproductive health services should respect “cultural values and religious beliefs.” As a result, the Resolution contributes to perpetuating a harmful status quo in which young people, including young people most affected by HIV, are unable to access integrated, rights-based sexual and reproductive health services and HIV prevention, treatment, care, and support. In many countries, the existence of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people and men who have sex with men is ignored or denied, and same-sex relationships are criminalised. This, combined with discrimination, violence, punitive legislation, and harmful attitudes, traditions, and cultural norms, poses a major threat to the sexual and reproductive health and rights of young people and young people most affected by HIV. 

Governments will reconvene in September at the United Nations General Assembly Special Session (UNGASS) on the implementation of the ICPD Programme of Action. This UNGASS precedes inter-governmental Post-2015 negotiations, and presents a key opportunity to leverage existing governmental support and increase political commitment. Civil society must pressure governments to build on the ICPD vision for development in the Post-2015 development framework. The Post-2015 development framework must include targets on HIV and sexual and reproductive health and rights—the unfinished business of the MDGs. Within those targets it must pay specific attention to the needs and rights of young people, including young people most affected by HIV. If we are to achieve the world we want, we must recognize the interlinkages between sexual and reproductive health and rights and HIV, and build an integrated, rights based response to HIV that allows every young person to enjoy his/her/their sexual and reproductive health and rights freely and fully.


About Link Up

Link Up is an ambitious five country programme to improve the sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR) of one million young people most affected by HIV. Launched in 2013 by a consortium of partners led by the International HIV/AIDS Alliance, Link Up aims to strengthen the integration of HIV and SRHR programmes and service delivery. It focuses specifically on young men who have sex with men, sex workers, people who use drugs, transgender people, and young women and men living with HIV. 


 


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