Know Your Body, Know Your Rights
Mar 2010 05

Project 19: Know Your Body, Know Your Rights
Understanding Young Peoples Sexuality, Gender and Rights

A Call for Applications

A 2 Day Training workshop on issues of Sexuality, Gender, Rights and Health

Date: 19th and 20th MARCH
Time: 10 am to 6 pm
Venue: American Centre

A word from the organizers:

The YP Foundation (TYPF is a youth led and run non-profit in India that develops young people’s leadership skills to take action on issues that they are passionate about. Founded in 2002, the organization supports young people between the ages of 13 and 28 to conceptualize and implement community based projects that challenge stereotypes, forge sustainable partnerships and promote the uninhibited expression of young people.

As part of our annual Peer Education programme – Project 19: Know Your Body, Know Your Rights at The YP Foundation, we have been working with youth communities on increasing their access to and understanding of information on gender, sexuality and rights.

The project trained a group of 20 peer educators this past year and conducted over 8 open community workshops with young people across Delhi, who are both in and out of school settings, primarily between the ages of 16 and 23 years. The aim was to provide young people with a safe space where they can understand, clarify and articulate their basic sexual and reproductive rights and health.

As a follow up to the peer education process, we are hosting a 2 day intensive workshop on March 19 and 20, 2010 at The American Centre for young people interested in gaining a deeper, stronger understanding of Gender, Sexuality and Rights. No prior experience is required to apply the workshop, however, an interest in the field would be!

Participants from outside Delhi are welcome, however, we would be unable to cover accommodation and travel costs to and from the training. Food during the days of the training will be covered by The YP Foundation.

Thank you for taking the time and trouble to do this in advance, we really do appreciate the help and support!

In Solidarity,

The YP Foundation

About the workshop

The training workshop aims to bring together 20 young people, between the ages of 18-28 years, who are interested in issues of Human Rights, Gender and Sexuality.

The workshop will provide training on Human Rights, Sexuality, Gender, Health, Advocacy and Project Management, conducted by peer educators from The YP Foundation as well as external professionals from the field.

Each participant will be required to conduct a small awareness-based follow-up of their choice either in their community or institution, as individuals or groups.

You can apply individually or as a team consisting of maximum 5 people. For teams of more than 5 people, please contact either Nitya or Suvidhi, the workshop coordinators.

The last date for entries is 16th of MARCH 2010.

Completed applications can be mailed in to

For further details please contact:

Nitya Vaishnavi Singh
Mobile: +91 98187 54292
Suvidhi Khurana
Mobile: +91 98111 27271

Know Your Body, Know Your Rights
Mar 2010 30

Working at The YP Foundation (TYPF) is like being on a ship! At Project 19 at TYPF, where I work, today is the day where you’re sitting and relaxing, looking around seeing what is missing and what can be improved. Trying to add to the workshop formats, making lists, meeting professionals and writing blogs! You can almost be assured though, that it’s not going to stay like this for long though.

The past few weeks have been crazy. We finished conducting training evaluations with our peer education team by the 1st week of February after training with them for the last 4 months on young people’s sexuality, health and rights, then moved into conducting public workshops.

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The Language of Sexuality – Part One
Apr 2010 13

The language of sexuality that we use at The YP Foundation has evolved over the last few years as our understanding of what the multiple facets of and interconnections within sexuality, gender, rights and health are. It’s been a challenging process and our knowledge of the same has been challenged, redefined, questioned and re-invented. The most important learning principle is that there is little that is static. Our key principles remain the same, but how those are defined and applied is a continuous learning process.

Over the last 2 years our work has been directed towards advocating for young people’s sexual right as a human right. Certain key principles that have been recognized are:
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Jun 2010 15

Ishita Chaudhry speaks to the folks at the Population Institution in Washington DC about the need to invest in young people’s sexual reproductive health and rights. Read more about our campaign ‘Know Your Body, Know Your Rights‘.

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The KYBKYR Capacity Building Workshop
Jul 2010 25

Positive Approaches to implementing Comprehensive Sexuality Education with young people

Capacity Building Workshop, 6th to 8th September 2010, New Delhi

Organized by The YP Foundation and The International Planned Parenthood Federation- South Asia Regional Youth Network (IPPF SARYN), supported by The Girls Decide Campaign.

About The Workshop

An approach to addressing sexuality that considers an abstinence-only or non-comprehensive approach to providing information to empower young people to address their health and rights is in an approach that no longer works to address the growing misconceptions on sexuality and health amongst young people, restricting access to youth friendly, confidential and safe health services. Based on this premise; the workshop aims to address the following issues:

– The workshop aims at providing young people with an overview of Comprehensive Sexuality Education (CSE) and Youth Friendly Health Services (YFHS), to empower young people working with initiatives that focus on young people’s health and rights to access the skills, information and tools available.

– Advancing young people’s right to access comprehensive services and information regarding their sexuality, health and rights, particularly addressing that their sexual rights are human rights.

– Realizing and investing in Human Rights as supporting choice, respect diversity, equality and justice that are often compromised on, and not seen as a part of young people’s right to health.

The workshop comprises of interactive sessions that will be conducted by peer educators from the organization as well as external professionals and partner organizations working in the fields of Gender, Sexuality, Health and Rights, with a particular emphasis on work with access to information and services, research and advocacy.

Applications are due by 20th August 2010

Participants – All applicants must be between the ages of 18 and 26 years at the time of submitting their application. All applicants must have prior experience of working with YFHS or CSE for young people, either as full time or part time work or volunteer experience. Please note that this is a mandatory requirement for participation. As per mandate, 17 seats are reserved for women and girls.

Please download the application form and the concept note for more details. Final applications are to be submitted to

Download Concept Note (PDF)

Download Application (Doc)