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Dispatches from the Field: Advocates at the ICPD Global Youth Forum
Tuesday, 04 December 2012 10:50

This week,  several Advocates staff and youth activists are at the ICPD Global Youth Forum.  We had to share this recap that Advocates' Director of Public Policy Janine Kossen sent to staff!

Hi all, I just wanted to let you know that International Youth Leadership Council member Meredith was ah-mazing at the Global Youth Forum this morning (last night for you all). If you don't know, she was chosen among thousands of youth applicants to be the youth respondent for a plenary session, sitting right next to the Indonesian Minister of Health! I mean, you can't get much fancier than that! And she really did knock it out of the park. Tons of folks on the #icpdyouth twitterverse raved about her speech, hundreds of young people applauded her every word, and she was clearly the star of the plenary.

Meanwhile, we have a strong delegation of 11 Advocates-affiliated folks here, counting Meredith, Kike and Tope from Nigeria, Abongwa and Gaston from Cameroon, Liz (former IYLC, now with USAID), and staff and board. From youth respondents to virtual facilitators to steering committee members to rock star delegates, Advocates is really visible here thanks to all our amazing youth activists. And, it's just day ONE so there's lots more visibility to come.Stay tuned and check out live feeds (remember it is +13 hours time difference here).

Marking World AIDS Day
Monday, 03 December 2012 08:21

December 1 was World AIDS Day, when activists around the world come together to raise awareness of the global HIV epidemic, fight stigma and discrimination, and advocate for increased efforts to support comprehensive HIV education and prevention.  Please sign our petition urging President Obama to commit to an AIDS-free generation.

All this week, Amplify, youth activists are holding a blogathon in honor of World AIDS Day.  Please read, share, and contribute!

Meanwhile, Advocates' staff have contributed to a number of articles online, weighing in on what we can all do to support HIV education, prevention, and care.  

Breaking: New CDC data on HIV among youth
Wednesday, 28 November 2012 07:05

New info on HIV among adolescents and young adults from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention show that young people represent a quarter of all new HIV infections.

  • "Nearly 60% of new infections among youth occur in African Americans, about 20% in Hispanics/Latinos and about 20% in whites.
  • About 70% of youth were infected with HIV through male-to-male sex, 20% from heterosexual sex, 4% from injection drug use and about 4% from a combination of male-to-male sex and injection drug use.
  • Young gay and bisexual men and African Americans are hit harder by HIV than their peers.
  • About 86% of young females got HIV through heterosexual sex and 13% from injection drug use.
  • The percentage of youth tested for HIV overall was 12.9% among high school students and 34.5% among those aged 18–24 years; it was lower among males than females, and lower among whites and Hispanics/Latinos than blacks/African Americans."

More later on this; but it's clear that while we are making progress, young people, especially the most vulnerable groups, must be given better tools to protect themselves from HIV -  and barriers to prevention, treatment, and care must be dismantled. 


By Choice, Not by Chance: Family Planning is Everyone’s Right
Wednesday, 21 November 2012 10:50

by Nicole Cheetham, Director, International Division

Last week the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) released its 2012 State of the World Population report entitled, “By Choice Not By Chance: Family Planning, Human Rights and Development.” For me, what’s special about this year’s report is how it positions family planning as a human right that is central to development. The report’s title reflects a right’s perspective well---that is, deciding if, when and how many children to have should be a choice that everyone can make throughout their lives, not only a choice that some can make or that can only be made some of the time. The report sheds light on critical trends and shifts in sexual behavior that impact universal access to reproductive health; articulates barriers that prevent equal access to quality family planning services; articulates the many benefits of family planning; provides recommendations; and unabashedly brings particular attention to the often overlooked rights of young people and other specific groups.

While a rights-based framework to family planning was first articulated and affirmed by 179 governments in the 1994 Cairo the Programme of Action at the International Conference on Population and Development in Cairo, almost 20 years later, this right continues to elude millions around the world, especially young women. As noted in the report, unmet need is highest among the 300 million adolescent women between the ages 15 and 19. Even when using contraception, across all countries, the discontinuation rates among adolescents are about 25 percent higher than those for older women. Furthermore, the risks of childbearing for both mother and infant are highest for adolescent mothers and adolescents and youth account for approximately 40 per cent of unsafe abortions worldwide.


"Young People are the Fulcrum"
Wednesday, 21 November 2012 10:46

by Emily Bridges, Director, Public Information Services

UNAIDS released a report in advance of World AIDS Day with hopeful news about the epidemic: there has been nearly a 50 percent reduction in new infections across 25 low and middle income countries. In Africa, AIDS deaths have been cut by one-third. And around the world, in the last two years 60 percent more people have been able to access HIV treatment. As UNAIDS Executive Director Michel Sidibe put it, “We are moving from despair to hope.”

Young people are a key part of this progress.

Advocates' Fall Newsletter
Monday, 19 November 2012 14:08

Check out the Fall Newsletter for election analysis, policy updates, info on millennials, new publications,  and more!



Young People Deliver
Wednesday, 07 November 2012 10:19

by Deb Hauser
President, Advocates for Youth

Advocates for Youth congratulates President Barack Obama on his historic reelection. We also celebrate the amazing role that young people played within his administration and his reelection, and we recognize the growing power of youth to drive social and cultural change for a better world. Young people represented approximately 19 percent of the electorate yesterday—a larger percentage even than in 2008!

In the years ahead, we call on President Obama to stand with us in recognition of every young person’s right to honest sexual health education, safe and affordable sexual health services, and an equity of social, educational, and economic opportunity – the type of opportunity that builds healthy lives and strong communities.  

Fall in love with the new Amplify
Thursday, 01 November 2012 10:32

It brings us such great pleasure to unveil the redesign of, Advocates' online youth activism hub.

The new Amplify site is streamlined, a breeze to navigate, easier to post photos/videos/art works and more connected to social media than ever before. Just go to the homepage and type in the “add your voice” box to get started!

Don’t worry, Amplify still has the great tools you love, like our toolkitsonline education modules, and Take Action Center.  Our sister sitesMySistahsYouthResource, and 1 in 3 have been given an update as well, and you can look forward to new features added to those sites in the coming months.

We’re thrilled to introduce Amplify’s seven featured youth contributors -- HannahD’LaneyNefertiti, KarleeEmilioBriana, and Karachi. These motivated and talented activists are making sure youth voices are heard online as well as in their communities.

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