Regional ToT on “Young People and the Law in Asia and the Pacific: Legal Advocacy Toolkit”

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Regional Training of Trainers on “Young People and the Law in Asia and the Pacific: Legal Advocacy Toolkit”

27-29 May, 2018, Bangkok, Thailand

In 2013, Asia Pacific Regional Inter Agency Task Team (IATT) on Young Key Populations (YKP) came together to undertake the first systematic review of how laws and policies affect young people’s access to sexual and reproductive health (SRH) information and services, ‘Young People and the Law in Asia and the Pacific: A review of laws and policies affecting young people’s access to sexual and reproductive health and HIV services (Young People and the Law).[1]’ To allow the results from this review to be converted into advocacy action, a toolkit ‘Legal advocacy toolkit on Young People and the Law’ was developed by UNESCO, UNFPA, UNAIDS, UNICEF and DLA Piper with inputs from Youth LEAD.

Youth LEAD first piloted the toolkit in the Philippines in 2016 with support from UNFPA APRO. Philippines was proposed as a potential location for the first pilot of the toolkit, due to government commitment to identify and address existing policy and legal barriers to adolescent access to SRH information; information and services and partnership opportunities to advance the work in the Philippines. The training brought diverse stakeholders working on the issues of legal reform, human rights including the leaders of young key populations. Although various recommendations and advocacy issues were presented in the pilot, the most crucial recommendation from youth groups was to develop a youth friendly toolkit.

As the result, with support from UNFPA APRO, in 2017, Youth LEAD developed the youth friendly legal advocacy toolkit in collaboration with the Inter Agency Task team on YKP. The youth friendly module was successfully piloted in Myanmar. The training was targeted for leaders of young key populations and youth activists from areas of sexual reproductive health rights.

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In 2018, Youth LEAD will conduct the Regional Training of Trainers on the Legal Advocacy Toolkit in Bangkok from May 27-29 with financial support from UNFPA APRO.

Objective of the training

The training based on the ‘Legal Advocacy Toolkit’ is intended to build an understanding of the legal and policy environment, and the effects that laws and policies have on young people’s SRH, to uncover avenues for advocacy and subsequently address these identified barriers. It looks at both local and international advocacy, with a focus on using international human rights.

[1] UNESCO, UNFPA, UNAIDS, UNDP and Youth LEAD. 2013 Young People and the Law in Asia and the Pacific: A review of laws and policies affecting young people’s access to sexual and reproductive health and HIV services. Bangkok: UNESCO:  https://apiattykp.files.wordpress.com/2015/08/224782e.pdf

The target participants

  • Young Key Populations and young advocates of sexual reproductive health and rights from Asia Pacific Region.

Qualifications and criteria

  • 18-27 years (Born between April 01,1991 – April 01,2018)
  • 2-3 years of experience on advocacy and capacity development on HIV and SRHR
  • 1-2 year’s experience on legal advocacy and human rights
  • Affiliated to YKP-led and youth-led organization, including YKP and youth serving organization.
  • Committed to the issues of legal and human rights of YKP and young people
  • Affiliation to Youth LEAD and Y-PEER is an additional asset

Process of Application

Please send the following documents to info@youth-lead.org by 18:00 on the 25th April 2018 (GMT+7) with subject line ‘Your Country Name _ LegalToT _ Your Name’

Make sure to also include these documents to the email:

  • Updated CV and contact details
  • A photocopy/scanned front page of your passport
  • A cover letter that mentions your interest, organization/institution/group you represent and your role within that organization/institution/group

Selection of the Participants

  • Successful participants will be notified by the 10th May 2018.

Questions regarding the application

  • If you have any questions regarding the application or the Legal Advocacy Toolkit, please email before 22 April 2018 to info@youth-lead.org, subject line ‘Question_ Legal TOT.’

Download: Call for Legal Advocacy TOT V1.

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