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Young people, particularly young girls should be “Seen, not heard” goes the often repeated adage that has its origins in collections of 15th century Homilies for children. While as a country we continue to highlight the large numbers of young people and claim to make investments in them as the future of the nation, there are few attempts to include young people’s voices in policies and programmes that address their health. This youth led audit of health services in Lucknow highlights this very gap in sexual and reproductive health service provision for young people.
12 young researchers led an action research to assess the state of sexual and reproductive health services available to young people in Lucknow in March-April 2016. The research report presents insights into young people’s experiences of accessing health care and “youth friendliness” of existing services.
The Cities for Children Report is an in depth analysis of the conditions of safety in the Sunder Nagar Nursery (SNN) an urban slum community in New Delhi. The report has been co-created by the youth leaders of the community who are part of the Blending Spectrum programme in collaboration with Safetipin a mobile app that collects safety data for the purpose of advocacy globally. It is an insight into the safety lacunae that exist in SNN and urban slums around the world. It is an effort to bring the missing lens of children and youth to urban safety in the context of the larger debates on urbanisation and the rights to children to the cities of the world.
The report contains large scale data analysis of safety audits, recommendations of change, and the communities interaction with government stakeholders like the Delhi Police, The Municipal Corporation and Delhi Government’s elected representative through Open Safety Audit Mapping exercise. It connects these to daily concerns of young people and children, especially girls about safety in the limited access they are able to gain to public spaces.
Recently, The YP Foundation conducted 12 consultations for the National AIDS Control Organization in India, in partnership with Plan India, consulting young people for recommendations to best address HIV prevention education. We did this with 280 young girls and boys from 5 states and in one community center, I got asked a question by 21 year old young man in a group discussion that really struck me. “Is sex an illness? Do we get sick from it? What’s the difference between HIV and sex?” Recently, a 19 year old boy who is a peer educator with us asked another question, he said –
‘How do you identify the difference between consent and violence if you don’t know what sexuality is? If I don’t know how to recognize what is acceptable and normal within me, if I can’t accept and celebrate the differences in myself, how do I know how to reach out for help, when I do need it and whom to go to?’
The National AIDS Control Organization (NACO) reviews its strategic objectives and operational plan once every five years, with a high emphasis on young people and adolescents as a key vulnerable population. Currently at the close of its National Aids Control Programme III (NACP III), that is scheduled to reach its targets and objectives around mid-2012, NACO has renewed a multi stakeholder platform for civil society, working groups and technical experts to provide key recommendations for NACP IV. The programme will build on the successes of NACP III, focusing on increased coverage and prevention services for high-risk groups and vulnerable populations. As part of this process, ensuring participatory and inclusive decision making, TYPF worked to engage young people and adolescents to provide key recommendations for NACP IV.