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Inspired by real abortion stories from the 1 in 3 Campaign, and honoring the tradition of theatre in social justice movements, the 1 in 3 Campaign is bringing Out of Silence to a university near you!

Host a performance of Out of Silence at your school or university!

From the halls of Congress, to pulpits and court houses around the country, there is so much noise around abortion—but it’s women’s personal stories that have been silenced. Out of Silence is a play comprised of a series of vignettes that bring to light the situations, relationships, emotions and logistics that contextualize peoples’ decisions to seek abortion care.

After the premiere last fall, an overwhelming number of people ask how they could bring Out of Silence to their school.

Now, you can sign up to perform Out of Silence on your campus this October! Registration deadline is August 15th.

By hosting a performance, you can help to challenge the stigma around abortion through igniting an honest, raw and complex conversation a theatre near you.

And just by signing up, you’ll receive copies of the script, a toolkit to assist in planning the performance, in addition to 1 in 3 Campaign Materials and swag, all for the low low price of FREE!

So don’t wait! Bring Out of Silence to a school near you, and take these stories out of the silence, to the stage.

 

In solidarity,

Julia Reticker-Flynn

Associate Director, Youth Organizing and Mobilization

Advocates for Youth

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We’re excited to announce that COLOR (Colorado Organization for Latina Opportunity and Reproductive Rights) is looking for youth activists like you to join their COLORado 1 in 3 Campaign!

COLOR is currently looking for 10 passionate youth activists ages 18-24 who care about the sexual and reproductive health of Latin@s. Apply here!

As a member of the COLORado 1 in 3 Campaign you will work to destigmatize abortion and increased access to sexual and reproductive health services for all young people across the state.

Applications are due May 1. Send in yours today!

If you have any questions about COLORado 1 in 3 Campaign or about the application process, please contact the Amber Garcia, at amber@colorlatina.org or call 303-393-0382.

Let’s go Colorado!

Best,

Julia Reticker-Flynn

1 in 3 Campaign Director

Advocates for Youth

 

 

Tweet now!Are you passionate about destigmatizing #abortion? Apply to our #1in3 COLORado Chapter! Apps due MAY 1st! http://ow.ly/M4KUp

 

 

leftAre you passionate about destigmatizing ‪#‎abortion‬, and creating a new dialogue that puts people back at the center of the conversation? Apply to our #1in3 COLORado Chapter! Apps due MAY 1st! http://ow.ly/M4KUp

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So this will be a very personal post.

GYT stands for getting yourself tested. That’s something I know is vital to your health and the health of your current relationship. It is something that both partners should do to be sure they wont infect one an other or complicate things.

I knew this, I knew it’s a must to get tested with your partner even if they are the cleanest person or a virgin or whatever! But I didn’t and now it’s too late.

My partner was a virgin. I was his first everything! I didn’t expect to contract any STD from him.

A couple of months go by and I begin to notice some differences about and around my body. “But how can this be?” I thought to myself, “He was a virgin!”

I decided to get tested for the very first time in my whole life and they found a minor STD. He got tested as well and learned that he has had this secret infection for a long time through sharing personal items. It wasn’t sexual, but it happened. And since I didn’t think getting tested before hand was necessary, I got infected.

I now know the importance of getting tested and not assuming someone is “clean”. It was a tough lesson but I learned and am now better. I am lucky it wasn’t a serious infection but I’m definitely lucky.

GYT is super important and I am going to make sure to keep on advocating on its behalf because I don’t want more young adults to go through what I went through.

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It goes more as often as it does not that women are married to men they have no knowledge about in societies such as that of India, Nepal, Pakistan, Bangladesh and Srilanka. They are told to forget their friends after they become “Pati Patni” or “Mian Biwi” and devout themselves to the bond of eternal relation.

This so called “eternal relation” does flourishes but not very often. And when it does not, the results are often quite painful and brutal. Women end up crying proving right the conflict approach of Marx and feminists towards the institution of family. At many occasions these planned marriages go haywire and more often than not, women are the ones who end up job, support, family and most sadly and commonly- Homeless.

According to a survey carried out by the Institute of Family Research and Planning Asia, more than 74% of the divorced women in the country are usually left with no asset to their name and hence are thrown out of their own very homes. The most common cause being “Childlessness” and “Extra Marital Affairs”. At the end, women are left with their parents, labelled as damaged expected to serve a sentence of disgusted opinions and loneliness as they work like servants at their parents house.

Many of the so called very “moderate” people of these societies would first stand by these women but soon they would desert them as their interests change or their efforts to produce children bear no fruit. At the end, the blame goes all onto women.

I do agree that people themselves are to blame at many occasions but what is the basic reason of such flaws in these societies; The Structure of the Society. A society where women are just treated as material things, it is absolutely impossible to give and get them the respect they deserve and need and hence major reforms in this structure are a need of the time.

It is a fact that such changes don’t come overnight but to bring about such changes we need to stand today for what women deserve and have a right to- EQUALITY. For this we need women to become independent, swear away the label of being weak and rise to the level of equality. #RespectThoseWhoGaveYouBirth #StandUpToInjustice #TeachADaughterLikeASon

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In honor of Earth Day, we asked members of the Girl Engagement Advisory Board to tell us about linkages between the environmental and sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR) in their countries!

If girls aren’t treated equally, if we’re continued to be put down, then so is the whole human race. And if the whole of humanity is fractured and suffering, how are we meant to help the planet? – Allison, 19, United States

Globally, people are consuming huge amounts of resources every day. Although many people and organisations are trying to reduce their consumption of resources and their carbon waste, the earth still faces imminent danger. This is because of the uncontrollable growth of population which makes the depletion of resources inevitable. The rate of growth of population is growing so out of hand that future generations may be deprived of many necessary resources. One of the main causes of this population increase is the deprivation of sexual and reproductive health and rights. Especially in developing countries, most people have no access to contraceptives and, for example in Egypt, people refrain from using contraceptives even when they are available. Moreover girls get married at very early ages and, consequently, have many children. Reproductive healthcare is nonexistent or very poor so women give birth to many children because they expect most of them to die. Also, people in poor villages think that their only contribution to society is by having more children. These issues exacerbate the population problem. However, these issues can be solved if governments start providing free healthcare and start focusing on the importance maternal health. They should also prioritize SRHR and make comprehensive sexuality education compulsory in schools. Also, they have to ensure girls are getting their education and pass laws that prohibit forced and early marriage. If we take all of the aforementioned measures we can definitely control population growth and save our environment. – Mai, 16, Egypt

International Mother Earth day is celebrated every year to remind each of us that the earth and its eco-systems provide us with life and sustenance.In Nigeria, there is a high misuse of natural resources and a nonchalant attitude towards waste disposal, although with the current government this is gradually becoming a thing of the past as Nigerians are becoming more conscious of their environment. Today more than half of the world’s population lives in cities. As the urban population grows and the effect of climate change worsens, our cities have to evolve. Changes have to be made.  In relation to SRHR, more awareness needs to be created and enlightment made towards the gradual acceptance and use of contraceptives although the rate of acceptance here in Nigeria is slow, NGOs are doing all possible to arrive at the much expected change.

On a final note the UN Secretary General Banki-moon said and i quote “I appeal to all people everywhere to raise their voices. Speak out on behalf of this planet, our only home. Let us care for MOTHER EARTH so she can continue to care for us as she has done for millennia”. – Elizabeth, 19
I believe that there are intrinsic linkages between environmental protection and the SRHR movement. One of the more prominent elements is to preserve the resources of women and nature in order for our societies to survive. Just as we need to put safeguards in place to ensure that our environment is preserved and protected for generations to come, so safeguards need to be in place for girls and women in order to ensure that society is propelled forward.

However, in my country, I do not feel that both movements are symbiotic. Usually, depending on what is most pressing in news media, that tends to be the central focus of our government and the society at large. If there is a major environmental occurrence, then you will hear talks about prospective plans to be implemented that are geared to protecting the environment and bodies concerning those issues get brought to the forefront. Conversely, if there is a spike in teenage pregnancy for instance, then SRHR becomes a ‘Hot Topic’ and all the relevant bodies are brought forward and solutions are posited. There is not enough time spent on either major issue as the government seeks to remain current in their initiatives. We know that in reality, each issue needs their own individual protection and long term initiatives need to be executed and maintained.

Environmental concerns are inter-weaved with a girls’ rights to health, safety, education, citizenship and economic security in the following ways:

Health: If the environment surrounding us is not stabilized, then girls will be more susceptible to health deficiencies and will not be able to access clinics when needed. This will also trickle down to other members of societies. Also, if we do not sensitize members of society on the value of preserving the environment, then how can we effectively sensitize society on SRHR?

Safety: A safe environment aids in guaranteeing the safety of its members. Proper sanctions need to be in place to ensure that the safety of the environment and our girls are adhered to.

Education: It is generally countries that are not focused on education that tend to have environmental and SRHR issues. This is because persons practice what they see and if they are not taught about better methods to handle daily activities without taking proper precautions, this will lead to the degradation of society. Instances of this in my country is the burning of small amounts of trash (which is an environmental hazard) and not practicing safe sex (due to cultural beliefs).

Citizenship: Just as a girls citizenship and status in her country is a necessity to her feeling safeguarded, similarly, flora, fauna and natural resources indigenous to our own country must be sufficiently protected to ensure its posterity. Persons should not be able to destroy our natural resources in the same way that girls should not be commodified or seen as second class citizens in their respective societies.

Economic Security: Sufficient finances should be pumped into environmental initiatives to ensure their preservation for generations to come. In a similar vein, sufficient finances should also be provided to further SRHR initiatives in all countries and societies as these safeguards assist generations to come. – Christal, Jamaica, 19

The environment is tightly connected with the safety and health of the girls. What surrounds us could play a great role in people’s lives, especially in those of young girls. Clear water and fresh air are very important to people’s health, because otherwise it can cause many diseases. There are many small villages, cities and countries in the world that doesn’t have access to these essentials and that makes it harder to keep a healthy way of life. We should pay more attention to the world around us in order to make ourselves feel better and protect our children , so that they could have a proper environment for living. – Preslava, 19, Bulgaria

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Over 75 student groups across the country are participating in the 1 in 3 Week of Action. These young people, using guerilla art tactics, are peppering their campuses with pop-art featuring real people’s abortion stories. They’re helping shake up the conversation among their peers about the role abortion plays in people’s lives.

And you can join them. Print out the images and post them in the spaces where you live and work.

Cut out three or more, and put them up in your office, dorm rooms, community spaces, or even your local pub! Any high traffic area where someone might stop to read the stories. Then take a pic and share your display using #1in3Stories, or text “1in3Stories” to 877-877, and send them straight to us.

You don’t have to be Banksy to participate – all you need is scissors, tape, and a commitment to ensuring access to legal and safe abortion care in our communities.

So what are you waiting for? Get crafty, you art-ivist!

In solidarity (and creativity!),

Julia Reticker-Flynn

Associate Director, Youth Organizing and Mobilization

Advocates for Youth

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Its not daily that we come across people who may be looking at us from another orientation but when most of us do- we tend to ignore those people and give out the signal that society is not ready to accept them. Similarly, we also come across brutes who disregard the importance of women and consider them as material things and hence measure them in terms of money.

Just recently, a 31 Year Old Doctor from India committed suicide blaming her husband as he had lied about his sexual orientation and also accused him for asking for dower. It should be of no surprise to these people since in reality, this is what society in this region of the world teaches. Dower, polygny, betrayal and treatment of women as a third class citizen is as common as one can imagine.

Many from the society in which this man was nurtured would stand up to abuse and blame him for the events that happened but in reality, is the society not to blame?

A husband who lied to his wife about his sexual orientation since the common society did not accept him as a human is indeed the fault of society. Why was it that he was not able to reveal such an important reality about his life when his mother possibly forcibly married the two in a union without even having know each other? The first crime that this society committed was by making that man shy of revealing his reality. Secondly, due to the constraints that prevail in India and most of the region, the husband and wife were not able to know each other for any or at least a moderate period of time before the marriage hence the incapacity to reveal secrets and trust each other. Had the two known each other for some time, maybe he could have revealed to her that he was not a straight male. Similarly, this could have saved us from this absolute cruel to hear story.

Now, coming onto the second main point. In a society where a woman’s family is expected to give large sums of money, why is it that many expect another male member of the society to not do the same? Had these trends not been publicized and supported by the families of many- He would most possibly never had asked her for any money in the form of dower and saved her from a lot of mental duress and physical torture.

At the end, it all sums up to one and an only main point. A person’s personality is structured more by his surroundings and less by himself and in a society where dower and such things are widely acceptable even if “Illegal by law”- There is no way that another man even if a doctor would stop from doing so. Simultaneously- accepting what a man or women wants should be the society’s job but instead making one shy to reveal himself is not acceptable at all and hence today we are seeing such horrific results today.

Bring change in yourself, in the society and learn to accept what one’s sexual orientation is. Do not discourage and abuse a person if he is gay/lesbian/transgender but do abuse him if he asks for dower. Stand against the wrong, not a humans thinking! #Support Ones Sexual Orientation! #Demoralize those who support dower because women are equal and humans. Empower those who gave us birth!

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Many people in Nepal are ignorant about cancer. This is because unlike infectious disease, chronic diseases like cancer comes under least priority area of governmental health policy in Nepal. Very few national programs are conducted to educate and aware people about cancer. Education program are conducted sporadically and only few people have access to such program.

In the recent time, Healthy Nepal Foundation (HNF), an organization dedicated to increase awareness about cancer has done some remarkable work to increase understanding of cancer to Nepalese population. Since 2012, HNF has developed several education modules to educate students and public about common cancer such as cervical, breast, oral and lung cancer in Nepal. With the help of volunteers from different colleges, this organization conducts program at colleges and sometime in the community.

 

Volunteers is the main working pillars of HFN. “With the help of volunteers, we are able to conduct education programs at around twenty schools to date and our main goal is to educate student and the public about cancer and its prevention”, said Kiran Sapkota, co-founder of the organization. “We are dedicated to educate and inform public about risks of cancer and promote healthy life style to reduce cancer burden in the society”, Sapkota said.

Members of healthy Nepal foundation have conducted several education program at secondary schools, higher secondary colleges and universities around the nation. HN College Coordinator Mr. Sunil Pandey, who is also a student of Medical Microbiology at Nobel College, said “we have got very good response and appreciation from both teachers and guardians from respective schools where we conduct cancer education program”.  Mr. Pandey was so passionate to assist HNF that he allocate his tight time schedule out of his college to conduct programs around the nation. Mr. Pandey contact schools, recruit volunteers, communicate with teacher and conduct education awareness program at different schools around the country. “With the help of experts we were able to develop education material for only few cancers and we are still developing additional cancer programs in the future” said Pandey.

 

Healthy Nepal Foundation is operated by physicians, public health officials, and community and school volunteers. Till date it has conducted programs in Parwat, Myagdi, Baglung, Pokhara, Kathmandu, Chitwan and several other districts. “Our main aim is to make a disease free healthy society” said Dr. Kalyan Sapkota, another co-founder of the organization. Dr. Sapkota and his team have conducted cancer screening programs at several communities in Myagdi, Parwat and Baglung in the past.

 

Currently Healthy Nepal has concentrated more of its activities on educating students and public about cervical and breast cancer. “These two cancers are the significant cause of mortality and morbidity in women in Nepal” said Dr. Sapkota. With the available funding, Healthy Nepal Foundation had organized free Pap smear screening camp at different places in Nepal.  A pap test is the best way to detect cell changes that may be early sign of precancerous of the cervix.

Dr. Sapkota added that, Breast cancer affects one in eight women during their lives. No one knows why some women get breast cancer, but there are a number of risk factors. “If we reduce these risk factors, we can minimize the number of cancer patients in Nepal’, said Dr. Sapkota.  Sharing his experience while conducting cervical cancer awareness program, Mr. Sunil Pandey said, we were so shocked to know that many students do not know much about common cancer, and many have misconception about it. After we conduct program, we do posttest and found that our program really changed how students perceive about cancer. Their knowledge remarkably changes just after an hour or two education session, added Mr. Pandey. Many women do not know about the screening test available to detect cancer at early age. This include Pap smear screening and self-breast examination in Nepal.

Mr. Sunil Panday said there are several opportunities available for youth to be involved in cancer education projects. He is recruiting many volunteers to initiate oral and lung cancer awareness in the near future. For more information or to get involved, email healthynepalfoundation@gmail.com, or visit the organization’s Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/healthynepal

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The majority of the population in Nepal is Hindu and Buddhist. Both of them deeply believe in traditional marriages as it is supposed to last a life time, It is an unshakable and traditional conviction that such marriages lead to much conjugal happiness and success it is beleived. It emphasizes on mutual respect and discourages the practice of divorce.

The culture of Nepal is rich and unique. The Cultural Heritage  of Nepal has evolved over the centuries. This multi-dimensional heritage encompasses the diversities of Nepal\’s ethnic, tribal, and social group, and it manifestsin ; art and craft; languages and literature; philosophy and religion and drinks festival and Celebration.

In general, most marriages are made between couples of the same generation. However, the average age of marriage partners is increasing as education becomes more important and available. Monogamy is the most common form of marriage in Nepal, although a few Individuals in most groups also practice polygamy.

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April 4, 2015, the day when “Girls led cycle rally” was conducted by three organizations named Association of Youth Organization Nepal (AYON), Kathmandu Youth Cycle City (KYCC) and Women on Wheels jointly. The theme of the rally was ‘Stop Violence against Women.’ There were altogether 80 Participants who were there to protest against women violence. Starting from Tinkune and ending at Basantapur we had various experience. We met various political party leaders of Nepali Congress – Nepal Bidyarthi Union (NE.BI.SANGH), Nepal Communist Party Aekikrit Marxbaad Leninabad (NE.KA.PA.A.MA.LE) to get a promise that they will make the law to punish the guilty if they tortured women physically and mentally. Two Youth Activist Leadership Council (YALC) members were also there to support them.

This is the second cycle rally in Kathmandu to bring the awareness about this issue. The politicians signed the paper where certain proposed agendas about women issues to be included in constitution were written. I was feeling proud to be a women since we were initiating the confidence in other women too. We were making them feel – Yes we can do everything. That more than 50,000 people on the road were watching us, reading our pamphlets and were praising us. Some politician’s responses were good. A leader from NE.BI sangh said that those programs should be taken to other rural areas too so that the status of women would be good all over the country. Because they would get to know “We are not only made for cooking food and maintaining the stuff around the house. We can work as we want. And we can bring some changes in lives of them.”

The status of women in Nepal sometimes makes me feel proud. It’s seen uplifting. How can I say is that, I could see the number female political leaders increasing in the party offices. It is a very good point. And such leaders in spite of their work inside the office also- are running the female leadership forums where young girls as well as other woman’s can join to sharpen their capacity. One more brick to development of Womanhood. Cheers!!!

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