‘Youth Ask Leadership Conclave 2014,’ concluded on Sunday, August 10, 2014 in Islamabad. Participants belonging to 18 different cities attended different capacity-building sessions to become the face of Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights (SRHR) initiatives at national and international events. The conclave concluded with a ‘Charter of Demand’ and an action plan for the young SRHR leaders attending the conclave.
The Charter of Demand calls upon the federal and provincial governments to ensure meaningful youth participation in all policies that concern young people; to launch a national platform for young people and youth-led organizations where they can discuss their issues and directly present recommendations to the decision-makers; and to finalize the Provincial Youth Policies with meaningful youth engagement followed by proper implementation.
The Charter also demands the inclusion of life skills in school curriculum for promotion of healthy behaviors; initiation of programmes for sensitization of young people, their parents and other stakeholders at grassroots level on human rights, communicable diseases; provision of protection to victims of violence, sexual abuse, harassment and forced marriages; and allocation of sufficient financial resources for health, education and also demands that the government must ensure youth friendly health services and implementation of laws that protect human rights.
Media coverage of the events can be accessed here
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