Call for Applications
The YP Foundation is inviting applications from young people across India to participate in a five-day programme encompassing a Youth Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights (SRHR) Advocacy Training and a multi-stakeholder consultation on programming and policy titled, Youth INsight: Informing Policies on Health, Gender and Well-being to be held in New Delhi from 26th to 30th August 2018.
As of 2011, young people make up one-third of India’s population. Across urban, rural, socio-economic and cultural differences, adolescents and youth have the capacity to understand and engage with issues that directly impact them, but formal systems do not recognise the same. The exclusion of such a cross-cutting demographic from even initial stages of problem defining and agenda setting can result in critical information gaps that hamper progress in attaining intersecting development goals of gender, health, education and decent work, and a subsequent violation of human rights of young people.
About the YP Foundation
The YP Foundation (TYPF) is a youth-led and youth-run organisation that works with young people to build their feminist and human rights based perspective on social change, connects them with opportunities to lead and create on ground impact on relevant issues and enables them to address systemic gaps by policy and public advocacy based on their on-ground experience. Over the last 15 years, TYPF has worked directly with over 7,000 young people to develop their perspectives and critical thinking on issues of social justice and human rights, and set up over 300 projects in India, reaching out to 500,000 adolescents and youth.
About the Event
Youth Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights Advocacy Training
26th to 28th August 2018
The three-day national level training will be conducted with a group of 30 young people from across the country with the purpose of developing their understanding and perspectives on existing laws, policies and programmes related to adolescents’ and young people’s Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights (AYSRHR) issues. It aims to equip young people with knowledge and skills on different types of advocacy on adolescent health at the local, national, international level; focusing on different components of advocacy such as stakeholder mapping, strategy development, learning about methods and mediums including social media, engaging with the government budgets and cycles as well as building an analysis of the National Health Mission budget.
The training will be designed to cover advocacy on programmes and policies related to Adolescent Health in India like, Adolescence Education Programme, ARSH, Rashtriya Kishor Swasthya Karyakram and Ayushman Bharat. It will also enhance participants’ knowledge of international level (policy) accountability mechanisms in their work on adolescent health issues from both developmental and rights based frameworks. These include Treaty Monitoring Bodies – Human Rights processes (UNHRC), as well as Development Agenda Processes – HLPF, WHA, CSW, CPD. The participants will learn how they can use the international level policies and treaties as a tool in their advocacy work.
Further, the training will focus on understanding issues related to gender and sexual marginalisations. It will bring knowledge from the women’s movement and LGBT movement in India and the international discourse on marginalisation based on Sexual Orientation, Gender Identity and Expression (SOGIE). The session will build linkages of Indian laws and policies like Section 377 and NALSA judgement with the demand for LGBT rights in the country.
Overall, the training will primarily serve to enhance participants’ understanding of the importance of advocacy related skills in our contexts and work.
YOUth INsight: Informing Policies on Health, Gender and Well-being
29th to 30th August 2018
During this two-day event, the youth delegates will be exposed to debates, discussions along with opportunities for cross-learning from the multitude of young professionals and activists working in this area from varying socio-cultural contexts and programmes. They will learn about how to advocate with government officials and be a meaningful part of a large-scale meeting on adolescent health, well-being, and rights.
Participants’ travel expenses (3rd AC train fare) will be reimbursed and accommodation and food will be provided by The YP Foundation for the duration of the training and the event.
In order to build this multi-stakeholder engagement on Adolescent Health, we would like to invite applications from young people from diverse backgrounds who:
How to Apply
Interested applicants must send the following documents to Souvik Pyne and Shruti Arora at firstname.lastname@example.org by 23:59 on 15th July 2018, with the subject line “Application for Youth SRHR Advocacy Training”: