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Reproductive Health Week in Georgia by HERA XXI

By the initiative of the Association HERA-XXI the campaign ‘Reproductive Health Week’ was conducted. The activities were dedicated to World Contraception Day (WCD) 26th September and 28th September Global Day of Action for Access to Safe and Legal Abortion. The main message of the campaign was “Your Life is Your Future”. 

The main activities of the campaign, which covered main Universities of Georgia and IDP communities, were conducted by focal points, youth leaders and young volunteers of the Association HERA-XXI. This event was focused on empowering young people to think ahead and consider contraception into their future plans, in order to prevent an unplanned pregnancy or sexually transmitted infection (STI). 

Condoms in special design packages for youth and menstrual calendars for girls were distributed to students. HERA XXI youth leaders wearing T-shirts with action’s message were leading the informal talks with peers on relevant topics of SRHR. Also brochures and educational leaflets were distributed during the event.The campaign gained a wide media coverage, as organization’s representatives participated in many TV and radio programs where they discussed the importance of SRHR.

Additionally, at the end of the campaign presentation of non-formal educational program on SRHR issues - “It’s all one curriculum” and summary of the Week will take place. Presentation of non-formal educational SRHR program is organized in collaboration with the Ministry of Sport and Youth Affairs of Georgia. 

Gender equality resolution on empowering girls through education adopted at the European Parliament

The resolution calling for application of gender equality measures at all levels of education system, has been approved by MEPs, with 408 votes to 236 and 40 abstentions.

The resolution proposes specific actions to ensure that all education systems promote gender equality, raise girls’ skills and improve their professional and personal development. Specifically, it highlights the role of education in enabling women to participate fully in social and economic development and calls Member States to increase investments in education and integration of gender issues in teachers' training. It also urges Member States to ratify the Istanbul Convention and encourages to invest into awareness-raising campaigns to address gender stereotypes in vocational and professional orientation and provide career guidance for girls and boys.

Gender stereotypes and sexism are recognized in the resolution as greatest obstacles to achieve gender equality, as they affect self-image and decisions made by girls and boys. Thus, Member States are called to fight these through informal and formal education, encouraging girls and boys to take equal interest in all subjects.

Furthermore, age-appropriate and scientifically accurate sex and relationship education is recognized as an essential tool in empowerment of girls and boys and helping them to make informed choices. The resolution encourages MS to consider making sex education compulsory in all primary and secondary school curricula, to teach girls and boys about relationships based on consent, respect and reciprocity and empower girls through awareness and control over their bodies. In order to combat discrimination on the grounds of sexual orientation and gender identity, the Commission is called to support the inclusion of objective information on LGBTI issues in the school curricula, including facilitation of peer learning in tackling homophobic and transphobic bullying and harassment.

The text of the resolution is accessible here.

Source: EWLEP News


‘Men for Women’ project launch in Lithuania

The campaign ‘Men for Women’ has been launched in Lithuania. The main message of the campaign is to encourage men not to remain silent and actively respond to any sign or hint of violence against women as well as to stereotypical, sexist, disdainful jokes regarding women in private settings (among friends, colleagues etc.), therefore, fostering zero tolerance to violence against women and challenging stereotypical norms and attitudes in general.

The target group is not women survivors or men perpetrators, but middle-aged well-established men who can bring the change by simply voicing the issue and showing their attitude. The campaign aims also to promote the modern, progressive and responsible image of masculinity. The projects targets men as statistics of the Police Department under the Ministry of the Interior confirm that majority of all domestic violence cases in Lithuania are committed by men, with 80% of women as victims.

As part of the campaign, TV clips and outdoor posters were released with the leading slogan ‘Stop the animal. Disrespect and violence against women will only stop when you react to it.’

TV clips are accessible with English subtitles at the following links:

To find more about the campaign, statistics on violence in Lithuania and advice on how to react violence, visit the campaign’s website here (in Lithuanian). 

The increase in the number of diagnosed HIV cases in Minsk

The Minsk center of hygiene, epidemiology and public health registered 460 new HIV infections (as for January-July 2015). The incidence rate is 21,9 cases in 100 000 people.

Since 1987, Minsk has registered 3102 cases of HIV infection, of which 1/3 have been among women. 75% of all infections were related to injecting drug use, 0,7% mother-to-child transmission and 20,4% to sexual transmission. Concluding 28 years of HIV diagnostics, it has been observed that injecting drug use accounts for over half of HIV transmissions and sexual intercourse for almost 40%.

The full article is accessible here (Russian).

Source: EECAAC

Youth Statement 2030 Agenda

Youth Statement 2030 Agenda

On 25-27 September, the world’s governments will adopt the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. During the past fifteen years, the Millennium Development Goals have strongly contributed to creating a better world. However, even though we have come very far in the process, we are not there yet. The 2030 Agenda offers an opportunity for a better future, in which we have a greater chance to tackle current and upcoming challenges.

The agenda sets out a list of ambitious goals and targets across broad areas of sustainable development, including poverty eradication, health, inclusive economic growth, sustainable use of ecosystems, and promotion of peaceful societies. We have learnt from previous experiences that it is easier to set targets than to achieve them. While the adoption of the agenda is an important achievement, governments must take ambitious action to implement the agenda.  As young people we want to take an active role in this crucial process. We have already proven we have the necessary skills, knowledge and determination.

Unfortunately, young people’s voices are often not heard on a policy level, which leads to a lack of efficiency and development as the realities and experiences of young people are not reflected adequately in policies and programs. Numerous calls stressing the necessity of youth involvement have been made, but still we do not see real change. We therefore emphasize the importance of meaningful youth participation at all levels of decision-making and programming. This is not only of key importance to the successful implementation of the 2030 Agenda, but we also believe that young people have a fundamental right to participate in the processes that affect our lives. We believe in an approach that protects, respects, and promotes young people’s human rights on all levels.

As young people, we need control over our own lives. The 2030 Agenda not only paves the way for future generations, the process will shape our current realities. We want to help build an understanding by which societal norms, traditions and prejudices do not prevent any person from exercising their right to self-determination. Therefore, we endorse the 2030 Agenda and call on all governments to live up to the commitments they have made and to involve young people in the implementation process. 

Of particular importance to us as young people is the field of sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR). SRHR plays a central role in achieving sustainable development, as it cuts across all sectors with links to health and development, gender equality, human rights, poverty, migration, education, sustainable economies, security, climate change, and environmental sustainability. It is a fundamental human right for every person, including young people, to be able to have control over their own sexuality and reproduction. Today, people all over the world are unable to exercise this right as they face stigmatization, discrimination, violence, and other barriers. Youth and adolescents (10 – 25 years old) are a group whose health and lives are particularly affected by these barriers, as there are still many taboos surrounding youth sexuality. We are therefore often left out of target-setting and decision-making. In fulfilling this ambitious agenda, we urge governments to ask yourselves: have I done everything to include the voices of all members of the affected community, especially those from marginalized groups such as young people?

We call upon governments to recognize and emphasize the right of young people to meaningfully participate in the implementation, monitoring and evaluation of the 2030 Agenda and to acknowledge the SRHR of young people and adolescents worldwide. Politicians and decision-makers must ensure political will to address our needs and commit to making our voices heard on all levels. We call governments to remember that young people must be both beneficiaries and partners in this process. It is only with the meaningful participation of young people that we can successfully achieve the goals of the 2030 Agenda.

Young people are the leaders of today, and with the full realization of their rights and their participation in the new development agenda, they will build a better future.


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This statement is a joint initiative supported by the following youth organizations:

YSAFE – Youth Sexual Awareness for Europe

Youth Coalition for Sexual and Reproductive Rights

CHOICE for Youth and Sexuality

YouAct – European Youth Network on Sexual and Reproductive Rights

ASTRA Youth – Central and Eastern European Network for Youth Sexual and Reproductive Rights and Health

Y-PEER – Youth Peer Education Network

GYCA – Global Youth Coalition on HIV/AIDS


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