The En route to Adulthood brainstorming workshop to explore the formation of gender identities, socialization and HIV vulnerabilities of adolescents was held in Bangkok from 26–27 March 2018. Hosted by the United Nations Children’s Fund’s East Asia and Pacific Regional Office (UNICEF EAPRO) and South Asia Regional Office (ROSA) in partnership with Youth Voices Count, Youth LEAD, Y-PEER, UNESCO Bangkok, UNFPA Asia Pacific Regional Office, UNAIDS Asia and the Pacific , facilitation was led by staff from Youth Voices Count, Youth LEAD, and Y-PEER.
A total of 23 participants attended the workshop and included five adolescents and 18 representatives from young key populations – young men who have sex with men and transgender people – in Bangladesh, India, Indonesia, Myanmar, Nepal, Philippines, Thailand and Viet Nam. In order to narrow the scope of this consultation, the participants invited were all assigned male at birth. The age range of the participants was 17 – 27 years of age, with an average age of 20. Most participants were from 19 to 21 years of age.
Other attendees included representatives from UNICEF New York, UNFPA, UNAIDS, UNESCO, Assumption University of Thailand and the Asia Pacific Coalition on Male Sexual Health (APCOM).