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10 Ways to Get Involved and Take Action

1. Women Deliver at the Commission on Population and Development

Women Deliver attended the 44th Session of the Commission on Population and Development (CPD). The week-long negotiations between government representatives concluded with an agreed upon outcome document that reaffirms the landmark International Conference on Population and Development’s Program of Action and brings the international community one step closer to ensuring that all people have access to necessary reproductive health services. Through their hard work, members of the UN Commission on Population and Development safeguarded the rights of women and young people to access education and lifesaving services.

READ a press release and the outcome document
READ all Women Deliver updates from the week

2. Youth and the Commission on Population and Development

Women Deliver participated in the "Youth Caucus" organized by Advocates for Youth, the Youth Coalition for Sexual and Reproductive Rights, YouAct, CHOICE for Youth and Sexuality, and Global Youth Coalition on HIV/AIDS. This caucus worked together to produce a statement that represented the perspectives of many different young people from around the world.

READ the “Youth Caucus” statement.

Dr. Babatunde Osotimehin, Executive Director of UNFPA, the United Nations Population Fund, addressed the Commission on Population and Development for the first time and promised in his statement that UNFPA will “give young people the attention they deserve.”

READ Dr. Osotimehin’s statement.

WATCH a video of Youth messages to the Commission on Population and Development, a collaboration between International Year of Youth strategy partners, the 44th CPD Youth Caucus, International Women’s Health Coalition, and Reproductive and Sexual Justice (RESURJ).

WATCH a video of Meredith Waters, Advocates for Youth, give the oral Youth statement on young women’s health given to the Commission on Population and Development on behalf of all youth-led NGOs.

3. Women Bloggers Deliver: Winners Have Been Announced

Earlier this month, Women Deliver, in partnership with Vestergaard Frandsen, launched a “Women Bloggers Deliver” competition. The winners of the contest will be sent on a trip to Kakamega, Kenya from 14 – 22 May 2011 to observe a unique public health campaign with a climate change component that will provide millions of girls and women with access to safe and clean drinking water. Help us in congratulating the three amazing female bloggers that have been selected to join the campaign trail, and stay tuned for their blogs from the field on Women Deliver’s website:

‘Toyin Ajao – Lagos, Nigeria. Toyin has been blogging for 3 years from Nigeria, with a focus on gender equality and women’s rights. She is also a co-contributor to a ‘women in politics and leadership blog’ sponsored by UNIFEM called free2run. Visit her blog.
Rachel Cernansky – Colorado, United States. Rachel blogs about environmental and social justice issues for outlets like the Discovery Channel’s TreeHugger and Planet Green, and has previously blogged for The New York Times, Dowser.org, and other sites. Visit her blog.
Hannah Ryder – Glasgow, United Kingdom. Hannah is a Senior Economist in the UK’s Department for International Development where she focuses on delivering green growth in developing countries. Visit her blog.

4. Join a Conversation for a Better World

The Youth Conference took place in Istanbul, 9-11 May 2011, but that doesn’t mean it’s too late to get involved. You can still blog, tweet, post, or comment and answer the questions: If you could change just ONE thing in your society, what would it be? How are YOU changing the world you live in? If you need more inspiration, think about the three themes of the conference: Ignorance – out, Sexual Health Education – in! Healthy youth – healthy society now and in the future, and Youth counts!

a blog-post.
TWEET your views (make sure you add the hash-tag #YouthChange in your tweets).
POST your views on Facebook.
COMMENT on the Conversations for a Better World blog-post.
READ updates from the Youth Conference blog to find out what took place.

5. Apply for a Grant to Refresh Your Community

Pepsi is kick-starting the second year of its Refresh Project. Pepsi awards up to $1.2 million dollars in grants each month in four main categories including arts and music, education, communities, and the Pepsi Challenge. The Challenge changes each month, and consists of a unique question that asks for your ideas for solutions that can refresh the world. Applications are accepted from the first of the month at 12:00:01 pm ET through 11:59:59 pm ET on the 5th of the month and applicants must be legal U.S. residents. Don’t fall into that category? Check out the site to get inspired by other people’s ideas.

APPLY and VOTE for ideas here.

6. Download a New Resource for Youth Advocates

The IPPF Youth Team’s latest ‘how-to’ guide on advocacy is a toolkit for young activists, volunteers, students and agents of change. It offers a step-by-step guide to help you plan, implement or improve advocacy initiatives for young people’s sexual and reproductive health and rights. This toolkit complements existing advocacy guides and provides an IPPF perspective on youth-led advocacy. It can be used by young advocates, programme designers, coordinators and others who work with young people, and will be helpful to build the capacity of young advocates to promote sexual and reproductive health and rights.

DOWNLOAD the toolkit.

7. Become a Global Changemaker

Do you want to become part of a growing, vibrant network of young people bringing about change on a local, regional and global level? Global Changemakers brings together people from over 100 countries to share experiences, build skills, apply and test ideas and access some truly amazing opportunities. Register to find out first about their upcoming events, like the Asia Youth Summit 17-23 July 2011 and the Global Youth Summit 20-24 November 2011.

REGISTER to become a Global Changemaker

8. Check Out Upcoming Global and Regional Youth Conferences and Fellowships

The Youth Venture Summit is the annual gathering of the Youth Venture community. The conference brings together over 100 Youth Venturers and young leaders interested in creating change, as well as the adult allies and professionals who support young changemakers. At the Summit, 28-31 July 2011 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, attendees will participate in skill-building and Venture-strengthening workshops, engage in meaningful dialogue to share experiences and perspectives, and network with each other to identify common areas of interest and ways to collaborate.

LEARN more about the Summit.
REGISTER for the Summit by 13 June 2011.

The Global Student Forum will host their national sixth form student conference themed, “Dying for Life: Save a Mother, Save the World” 28 June 2011 in Westminster, London. The GSF 2011 seeks to inspire and equip with the knowledge and skills to educate their peers about the greatest health inequity in the world today. Accordingly, this year’s benefitting charity will be the White Ribbon Alliance.

LEARN how to take part in GSF 2011 and other conference details.

The Young Social Innovator Fellowship program is targeted at investing in young Zimbabweans to develop their leadership skills and support their vision for social change. Young Social Innovators will receive one week orientation training in August 2011, learn about international development and non-profit structures from a unique perspective, play a leadership role in finding an innovative solution to a social challenge in the country with measurable positive outcomes for society, and commit to twelve months of professional training, development, mentoring and support for your project. You must be between 18-30 years old to apply. Send your CV and a one page essay explaining a social challenge you feel strongly about and your ideas towards it to Paruware with the subject line clearly stating: Social Innovators Fellowship Program.

Application Deadline is 1 June 2011

9. Read New Youth Focused Publications on Sexual Behavior

Nearly half of sexually active Jamaican adolescents report using condoms inconsistently or not at all in the last year, according to a new study on Prevalence and Correlates of Sexual Risk Behaviors Among Jamaican Adolescents by Kanako Ishida, of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, et al., published in International Perspectives on Sexual and Reproductive Health. Given that the Caribbean region has the second highest HIV prevalence in the world, the authors believe that it is critically important for Jamaican reproductive health education programs and interventions to address this behavior.

the full study.

A new paper by Wamoyi J, Fenwick A, Urassa M, et al., examines parental control and monitoring and the implications of this on young people’s sexual decision-making in a rural setting in North-Western Tanzania. The authors conclude that despite parents making efforts to control and monitor their young people’s sexual behavior, they are faced with several challenges (e.g., little time spent with their children), which make it difficult for them to effectively monitor them. There is a need for interventions such as parenting skills-building that might enable parents to improve their relationships with children. Also, as much as parents focus their attention on their school-going daughters, there is a need to remember the out-of-school young people, who are also vulnerable to adverse SRH outcomes.

READ the full study.

10. Win Awards and Prizes for Education Innovation, Creativity and Research

The 2011 World Innovation Summit for Education (WISE) will take place in Doha, Qatar on 1-3 November 2011 where six WISE Award winners, each worth $20,000, will be announced. The WISE Awards are designed to identify, showcase and promote innovative educational projects from around the world. The 2011 edition of the WISE Awards will celebrate successful models and innovations from around the world within the theme Transforming Education: Investment, Innovation and Inclusion. This theme is intended to encourage the submission of proposals that have had a significant impact on transforming education through sustainable investment strategy, innovative processes and technologies and effective policies and practices promoting inclusion and diversity.

Deadline to apply is 31 May 2011
APPLY online.

The Freedom to Create Prize is a celebration of the courage and creativity of artists, and the positive influence of their work to promote social justice and inspire the human spirit. The Prize encompasses all forms of art in any creative field and is open to any individual or group of any gender, religion or nationality. Winners of the 2011 Freedom to Create Prize will be unveiled in November 2011, at the Freedom to Create Award Ceremony in Cape Town, South Africa. There are two categories: Main Prize and Imprisoned Artist Prize.

Deadline to nominate an individual or group is 15 July 2011.
REGISTER to fill out an application.
DOWNLOAD the Entry form for the Main Prize here and the Imprisoned Artist Prize here.

PAHO/WHO is collaborating with the Red Cochrane Iberoamericana in Strengthening the Health Systems in the Americas by creating PAHO’s Cochrane Iberoamericana Network Award,an award that inspires young researchers to contribute systematic reviews that will guide research and contribute to informed decisions for health in the Americas.

Deadline is June 20, 2011
To REVIEW the criteria required, click here.

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