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Youth participation is very important in any UN meetings and world conferences especially when the topic is about US youth. During the 6th World Youth Congress, some delegates were not able to make it due to travel funding constraints since it is now covered by the congress organizers due to lack of funding. As most of the delegates that I have talked with said, the cost of coming to Rio de Janeiro, Brazil is so expensive that they have to ask money from their parents or shell out from …

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Meet Jermaine Case, one of the volunteers and Council Member for Jamaica Youth Advocacy Network or the JYAN. And oh, he’s a lawyer according to Mimi which makes him cool!

The JYAN is an initiative of the USAID funded JA-STYLE Project. JYAN is designed to develop youth leaders in the areas of advocacy, public education and capacity building in the areas of sexual and reproductive health, violence prevention, care and protection (including persons with disabilities), employment and entrepreneurship, education and training.

JYAN seeks to be the voice of youth …

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 Jamaica is known for being an extremely homophobic country, with records of homosexual men being beaten by mobs in public and communites and families chasing out gay men.
It was not until i was in a meeting where i realised that there is a great need for safe spaces for members of the LBGT community especially those in school.

what is a safe space?

A Safe Space is a welcoming, supportive and safe environment for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) students. Most LGBT students frequently hear anti-LGBT language and …

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jay

1. Access the comprehensive sexual health education and services that take into account youth diversity

2. Quality Health care must be affordable  and support across the board also mental health and nutrition etc.

3. Harmful laws, practices, policies and programmes that do not support all young peoples holistic health development must be done away with.

4. Gender equity and equality must be a sustainable feature

5. Governments must honour regional and international declarations that were ratified that protect and support in young peoples health

6. Direct investment in SRHR …

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jay

1. Access to quality and affordable education must be a reality for young people that take into account youth diversity, abilities and varied learning styles

2. Integrated approach to education across sectors such as health and education

3. Youth rights to complete information and skills in their best interest must be given to them

3. Lifeskills, mental health and nutition must support education

4. Increased availability of grants/financing for funding

5. Any goal on education must include specific means to address the social, cultural and community practices that prevent girls, …

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jay

1. Exploration of cultural industries, ICT and science to create diverse industries and employment as well as linkages

2. Readily available access to low interest loans and funding for comprehsensive business plans

3.Education on PESTEL factors that influence productivity and to mitigate against external/internal shocks

4. Ensure that productivity is supported by cross sectors such as health, education and justice.

5.Any goal on employment must include specific means to address the social, cultural and community practices that prevent girls, adolescent and women across the life course from accessing and …

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BambooH

1. Civil society …people must be at the center of development irrespective of their backgrounds. They have to be involved at all levels (people participation)

2. There is a greater need for young people and women’s involvement in governance at different levels to help drive policies that impact that.

3. Gender equality and equity needs a greater presence in politics and governance, we do not have enough women in critical decision making processes.

4. Politics and governance should ensure that at all times their actions are in the best …

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Over the past months so much has happened in the LGBT community around the world:

1.      President Obama continues to gives stern warning to countries that criminalizes homosexual.

2.      Other World leaders making a vivid statement as it regards to the recent winter Olympics in either not showing up or openly condemning Russia’s law which criminalizes public expression of LGBT advocates.

3.       The passing of new Anti-Gay law in Uganda .  

4.      The World Bank postponing a $90 million health project for Uganda