Seven years ago I was diagnosed with HIV. At first, I didn't think of a death sentence: thanks to antirretroviral treatments that appeared twenty years ago, HIV became a chronic disease. However, I knew that my HIV status could be a death sentence for my social and sex life. The way I would have to call upon was to become the advocate for my own cause and collect as much supporting evidence as possible to reverse my sentence and understand that it is possible to lead a normal life with HIV. At that time, aged 21, I knew nothing about what it was like to be a person living with HIV. My only references were the stories I heard about people who died of AIDS in the early 1980s and 1990s. The most striking was the story of Brazilian singer Cazuza, who was bisexual. As I had an idea [...]
Access to emergency contraception through community pharmacies in Europe: Findings from a participatory survey
In 2019, YouAct- the European Youth Network on Sexual and Reproductive Rights partnered up with The European Consortium for Emergency Contraception (ECEC) and launched a participatory survey in order to better understand how access to and availability of emergency contraception pills is through community pharmacies in our region. We are now happy to introduce the survey report, which focuses on five countries: Andorra, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Malta, Spain and Sweden. Community pharmacies play a very important role in ensuring access to EC pills, with the big majority of pharmacies carrying ECPs (even in countries where they are entitled not to). However, findings point out that individuals are not being systematically offered a choice of postcoital contraception methods in every pharmacy of our sample. Access to the highest standard of care in post-coital contraception remains uneven within and among countries in Europe: Individuals are likely to have different experiences and outcomes [...]
The flower of participation is a tool developed by YouAct, together with CHOICE for Youth and Sexuality, a dutch-based youth organization to illustrate the concept of meaningful youth participation through the metaphor of a blooming flower, describing the different forms of participation, how it is nurtured and maintained. Meaningful youth participation plays a pivotal part in YouAct’s work. We believe in the power of young people to meaningfully contribute to all levels of policy-making, without being manipulated, intimidated or tokenised. Through the flower of participation, we advocate for safe spaces for young people, where we will have the opportunity to fully engage in the program development, implementation and evaluation processes. Let’s partner up, and lead meaningful change! Would you like to learn more on how to use the flower of participation in your organization, or programs? Contact us at: firstname.lastname@example.org
As a woman of color, my first interactions with feminist organizations and activists are not my best memories. I wasn't born a feminist but I became one despite all the odds and the toxic feminism that I came across along the way. I wasn't born a feminist. I wasn't raised as a feminist. I wasn't educated as a feminist. I wasn't taught feminism. I wasn't given access to feminism. Feminism was white elitism. And I wasn't part of it. My first interactions with feminist organisations/associations when I was a student or a young professional are not my best memories. On the contrary, the memories of them make me feel deeply sad and humiliated. My identity was and still is a struggle. Like many of my Black, Indigenous, People Of Colours (BIPOC) brothers and sisters, the struggle was and still is real. Daughter of the first generation of Algerian [...]
YouAct is very pleased to publish its 2019 Annual Report. 2019 has been a very successful year for us: our membership has expanded greatly and we have made a number of notable achievements. Find out more about our membership, advocacy highlights, projects, partnerships and publications. To read and download the annual report, click here.
YouAct is looking for energetic and dedicated new members to strengthen our organization and forward our work in promoting sexual and reproductive rights of young people. Eligibility criteria Essential: Aged 18-29; Expected to be available for a minimum 1-year commitment for membership; Residing in any country of the Council of Europe [i] including Belarus and Kosovo; Interested in the field of Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights (SRHR); Shares the values and principles upheld by YouAct and wishes to actively work with us to achieve our mission and vision; Have a good command of English; Able to access the internet, check and respond to emails at least twice a week; Willing and able to spend at least 4 hours a week volunteering for YouAct; Willing and able to participate in a one-hour-long training once a week during the first membership month. Desirable: Affiliated with an organization – working on [...]
YouAct is proud to introduce our new network Coordinator Isma Benboulerbah! Isma Benboulerbah is a strong and passionate feminist activist and has been working for years on programs focusing on fight sexual and gender-based violence and SRHR. Isma is currently working as programmes officer at the End FGM European Network, where she also coordinates community development and youth programmes to end violence against women and girls. Previously, Isma worked in on the project “Building bridges between Europe and Africa to end FGM” and was also elected board member and acted as Secretary General of the French network against FGM Excision Parlons-en! Isma also collaborated with the World Health Organisation for a research on youth and adolescent sexual health in West Africa. After several years of professional experience in France, West Africa and with women from the Arab-Muslim diaspora and FGM-affected communities in Europe, Isma has built up important knowledge on sexual and reproductive rights, gender-based violence, harmful traditional [...]
We are proud to share with you the first in a series of position papers we are developing. The first position paper is on abortion as it is one of YouAct’s core areas, and it has a specific focus on youth. We hope that it will be a useful piece of document to ground advocacy work in, not just for our organisation but for others as well. The positions reflect the membership of YouAct and was approved at our latest annual general meeting. Please find the position paper by clicking here, or on the thumbnail.
YouAct – the European Youth Network on Sexual and Reproductive Rights is looking for an energetic and dedicated Coordinator for the upcoming two years to support the Membership, and particularly the Steering Committee in achieving the organization’s objective in promoting sexual and reproductive rights of young people. Does this sound like you? Would you like to learn more? Then click here to learn more about the duties, responsibilities, and requirements of the position. Click here to know more about the terms of reference. Good luck and we look forward to receiving your applications.
We are proud to present YouAct’s Annual Report 2018, in which we continue to strengthen and unify the voices of European youth advocating for the realisation of sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR). Download the full report by clicking here.