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ICAAP 2009: Bali Youth Force is here for business
Godsway Shumba, Key Correspondent
[on HealthDev.net]: Bali Youth Force (BYF), a group of young people
from Asia Pacific who are advocating for the rights of young people at
the 9th ICAAP currently underway in Bali, Indonesia said they will try
their best to ensure that their recommendations are taken seriously by
those in leadership.
The recommendations compiled from an online consultation with more
than 50 young people across the region and from the outcomes of a
pre-conference youth forum that was attended by more than 130 youth
delegates seek to ensure the meaningful involvement of young people in
the response to AIDS.
Young people in Asia Pacific are advising their adults and leaders to
ensure meaningful youth participation, increase resources for
youth-led programmes, promote a human rights approach in the HIV and
AIDS response for all young people, fulfill young people’s sexual and
reproductive rights; and eliminate stigma and discrimination against
young people affected by AIDS.
During a press conference held on the sidelines of the 9th ICAAP,
members of BYF talked about a number of activities that they will
carry out during and after the conference to ensure that their
recommendations are taken seriously by leaders from all levels of
According to Melinda Rajapaksha, a member of BYF, the youth will have
a youth corner at 9th ICAAP where they will hold a number of
discussions to put across their message and to think about how best
they can ensure their meaningful participation in the response to
The BYF has set up a commitment desk where they will ask key leaders
who are attending the conference to pledge their support to issues
affecting young people.
Rajapaksha said their discussions will lead-up to the International
Youth Celebration on the 12th of August that will be characterized by
an AIDS walk to remember young people affected by HIV and AIDS as well
as to show their solidarity to the issue of meaningful youth
Igor Moccoro, another member of BYF said this 9th ICAAP is a milestone
in the response to HIV and AIDS for young people because for the first
time, the group has been given an opportunity to meet and talk about
their issues with a unified voice.
Moccoro said the focus of the youth delegates in the next ICAAP will
be on following up on their recommendations and also making sure that
they don’t repeat the same messages.
The young delegates at the 9th ICAAP felt that their issues are not
being given enough attention due to lack of political will, cultural
and religious barriers, adult-youth communication barriers and lack of
understanding about the needs of young people by adults.
Hendri Yulius Wijaya, a member of the BYF said policies in Indonesia
don’t sufficiently address the sexual and reproductive health rights
of young people, especially those who are living with HIV, out of
school, young men who have sex with men and girls who are engaged in
He said young people in his country face a number of challenges that
include child marriages, less attention given to the education of the
girl child, child labour and lack of interest in sexual and
reproductive health education.
Liping Miang, Youth Campaign Coordinator for the World AIDS Campaign
(WAC) who represented young people at the opening plenary session said
when responding to the needs of young people, all stakeholders should
realize their diversity.
Miang said there is need to use an approach that encompasses all young
people including those who are not in school, sex workers, injecting
drug users (IDUs) and young men who have sex with men.
According to Miang, one of the greatest challenges in addressing the
sexual and reproductive health rights of young people is that parents
are not willing to talk about sexual related issues such as condom
Reflecting about her own experiences, Miang said, “How would you talk
about condoms to my mother? She has never used them.”
This shows the need to come up with creative ways to convince adults
that the sexual and reproductive health rights of the present
generation of young people are different from those of their times.
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Graduate School of Medicine
The University of Tokyo
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