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Legal barriers, stigma keep young drug users in harm’s way

For millions of young people who use drugs from Asia and the Pacific, services that could improve their health, encourage recovery and bring about a better quality of life are often denied. Stigma, discriminatory laws and policies prevent many PWUDfrom accessing the benefits of harm reduction programmes. Eliminating those barriers was the focus of “Access…

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The road ahead: Letters to my future self

The NewGeneration Leadership Training Course, or NewGen, was piloted in the Philippines in 2011. Thirty young people working with and from key populations around the country participated in this unique five-day training course that was designed for young key populations and focused on advocacy, leadership and personality development. This successful training course was led by a trainer from the University…

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NewGen Review and Evaluation Report: It’s About Time

Meaningful participation of young key populations has been one of the priorities of Youth LEAD to address the lack of spaces where young key populations can participate and the lack of capacity of young key populations to participate effectively in curbing the AIDS epidemic. This continues to be a top priority of the Gap Report…

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Youth LEAD’s new website

Youth LEAD launched its new website with a sleek interface. Their updated website is interactive and gives better access to knowing the organization, their focal points, and their activities at the regional and national level. A copy of their 2014 annual report is also accessible online.

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YVC video: From a whisper to a ROAR!

As International Youth Day approaches (12 August), Youth Voices Count calls for a new generation of gay and transgender activists to come forward, to raise our voices from a whisper to a ROAR! As other parts of the world sees incredible progress on the rights of gay and transgender people – most notably marriage equality…

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Go Purple to Support LGBTI Youth for International Youth Day

BANGKOK, 5 AUGUST – Far too many of this region’s lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex (LGBTI) youth experience dread walking through their schools’ doors, knowing that taunting, exclusion and even violence may await. In advance of International Youth Day, 12 August, UNESCO Bangkok, the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and Being LGBTI in Asia…

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YKPs at the IGM on HIV and AIDS 2015

Young key populations, under the leadership of Youth LEAD and Youth Voices Count, came united with one voice at the Intergovernmental Meeting on HIV and AIDS in January 2015 and demanded governments to not leave them behind. A youth caucus was held to prepare them for the Meeting and they came up with a consolidated youth statement to…

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