Young voices – Ending AIDS
World AIDS Day 2015
Let’s Fast – Track young voices, speak out our needs and visions to end AIDS by 2030.
Bangkok, 23rd November 2015 – World AIDS Day is an opportunity to harness the power of social change to listen to people’s needs and visions and from that, make proper change in dealing and ending AIDS by 2030.
With a concentrated epidemic among the MSM and transgender communities in the region, younger cohorts including adolescents of these communities have become especially vulnerable to HIV. With a wide range of barriers preventing and limiting their access to lifesaving HIV health services, it is time the HIV response boost up its focus on young MSM and young transgender people including adolescents.
We, Youth voices count (YVC), the first and only regional network lead by and serving young MSM and young transgender people in Asia and Pacific recognize the power of mobilized youth voices in advocating for our issues and needs. This month we will be launching our World’s AIDS day campaign, with three key activities;
01. A call for action, young MSM and young transgender people in the center of the response
A world free of AIDS by 2030 would not be a reality with out contextualized targeted interventions for young and adolescent MSM and transgender communities and this requires generating disaggregated epidemiological and behavioral data, meaningful engagement, sensitive/friendly health services and increased investment on young MSM and young transgender lead and serving organizations.
02. Dreams of young people, a video featuring YVC IGNITERS and their dreams for a better world
Young key populations need to be the center of the current HIV response, as they are increasingly becoming the most affected by the epidemic. We know the change that would make us live a fulfilling life and our dreams encompass that.
03. Count My Voice, a meme campaign featuring YVC members and our supporters around the region
Community is our key strength and their voices need to be heard and collective community efforts yield promising successes. This meme campaign will bring together the voices of our members, young people and our supporters around the region counting voices to end AIDS by 2030.
Being young and belonging to sexual and gender minorities make our struggle even more harder. By speaking out our needs, we can let the world know what we, the community, need to fight the epidemic. By speaking out our needs, all our ideas can be included as part of the solution. By sharing our visions, we can together see and work towards a better future for young people, where AIDS is no longer a threat and a reason to be scared and discriminated of.
Together we can end AIDS by 2030.
More information is available at:
Youth Voices Count website: www.youthvoicescount.org