The Youth Voice Campaign of Georgia was officially launched in mid-November 2014 and targeted more than 200 youth in urban and rural areas. The leading group consists of the representatives of UNFPA, Georgian Youth Development and Education Association (GYDEA), Association “HERA XXI”, Youth Parliament of Georgia, European Youth Parliament and Real People Real Vision.
Planned events included various informational activities, movie screenings and discussions conducted by group of vigorous youth, who lead the campaign at the national level.
The leading group of the Youth Voice in Georgia organized two separate trips to the rural areas to meet the local youth and discuss the issues of early marriage, gender equality and education with them. More specifically, documentary film “Motherhood in Childhood” was arranged in Gori and Telavi, followed with the discussion sessions. The majority of the attendees expressed concern about the Child Marriage in the country, demonstrated deep interest, as well as offered recommendations and possible solutions to combat the issue at the national level.
During the campaign, on December 1 organized the screening of the film “Dallas Buyers Club” in Amirani Movie Theater, which culminated with the awards ceremony of the Youth Media Contest, announced in November. The contest was conducted within the framework of the Regional Youth Campaign – Youth Voice, which started in November 2014 with the initiative of UNFPA Eastern Europe and Central Asia Regional Office. It encouraged young people from across the country to share their opinions on the issues of Youth Reproductive Health and Rights, Education and Participation, in three different nominations – photo, essay/article, and slogan. In the concluding part of the event, the three winners of the contest were awarded with special prizes and certificates.
Next step of the EECA is to conduct Advocacy Campaign, on national level. For this, YEP ( Youth Adviser Panel ) has been established, which consists Association “HERA-XXI” and other representatives of EECA member organizations.
General vision of YAP Advocacy campaign is to advocate number of youth’s issues on SRHR. Such as: comprehensive Sexuality Education on a national level, participation and representation on an international level, Youth Engagement in the decision making processes (Investing in Youth) Development and availability of Youth Friendly Services, Early Marriages, Working with key demographics - general discussion and sharing thoughts with youth groups, including vulnerable adolescents and ethnical minorities to voice their needs, Education (Formal and Informal).
Association “HERA-XXI” is working with UNFPA and other EECA member to create National Advocacy Campaign Action Plan and take effective steps for advocate number of Youth’s issues by strengthen collaboration with Georgian Stakeholders.
Written by Mary Jobava, Association HERA XXI