So I realise that we’re pretty bad at the old blogging thing seeing as we haven’t uploaded anything since Oct! Sorry!! We are updating the facebook page a little more regularly (facebook.com/askyouthcampaign).
Anyways we’ve finished a rather hectic few months with the MDG 5b ‘Keep Your Promise’ Campaign.What campaign is that.. I hear you say…. well here’s what we did!
We got funding from IPPF for a project to raise awareness about MDG5b! Yay, go us!
Then we created a factsheet and declaration which are both available here to download: http://www.ifpa.ie/eng/Youth/ASK/Keep-Your-Promise
After that we invited youth leaders from all different political parties and youth groups to dinner where we discussed the importance of highlighting that MDG5b is the most off track of all MDGs and the one which will impact the most on youth.
Keep Your Promise Dinner with Youth Leaders
Then we had different groups sign the declaration, not as many as we would have liked but even those who didn’t, we were able to have an open, frank discussion with them about sexual and reproductive health and rights.We wrote to a number of politicians as well around the time of the UN MDG Summit way back in Sept and received very positive responses! If I had the right paper work in front of me, I’d be able to give a list, but I’ll have to come back and edit the post to include them!
Finally, we decided to make a short video to highlight the issue and we’ve been promoting that for the past few weeks. We’re at 993 views which is amazing as our target was 1000! So please share the love and send around this blog post or a link to the video to your friends.
If you don’t know why 500,000 women die every year, you should. And this video will tell you why.
Finally, to find out more on MDG5b, check out this website: http://www.mdg5b.org/
Vienna AIDS Conference 2010
Linda and Grace went over to Vienna in July to take part in an advocacy training run by Restless Development on the issue of HIV/Aids. They then ran a session on advocacy at the IFPA Dance4life World Aids Day Celebration which took place at the end of Nov. There were about 200 young people at the celebration learning about what it meant to be an advocate!
YSAFE Annual Meeting
Linda travelled to Brussels on the 12th and 13th Feb 2011 to take part in the YSAFE annual meeting and will be blogging about it in a bit!
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