[:en]During the 59th Session of the UN Commission on the Status of Women held in New York, UNESCO UNAIDS and UNFPA partnered with YWCA to organise a dialogue between young women, governments and programme experts to strengthen the commitment to the health and education needs of adolescent girls in Eastern and Southern Africa.

The well-attended event gave the opportunity for panellists to discuss issues facing women and girls in Eastern and Southern Africa and to provide recommendations that emphasized goals and targets for inclusion in the post-2015 development agenda including eradicating child marriage, ending gender based violence, increasing access to education and promoting positive health outcomes for women and girls.

“Education has a protective effect against HIV, against unintended pregnancy and against early marriage, that can only be realized if we ensure that more girls and young women are enrolled and complete primary education and continue to secondary education,” said Ms. Gulser Corat, UNESCO Director of the Gender Equality Division, on behalf of the UNESCO Director General.

“To make this happen, requires bold action, but it is doable and it needs to be done now.”

Ms. Mona Kaidbey from UNFPA emphasised the critical link between good education, including comprehensive sexuality education, and health for women and girls. “Investing in sexuality education and services for adolescents is a critical component to the post 2015 agenda,” Kaidbey said.

Putting the spotlight on young women, Dr Victoria Nnensa, a young Malawian doctor, spoke of the challenges facing young women.

“Many times I have seen young women and girls die right in front of my eyes, just because they didn’t know what to do and where to go; just because they did not have access to something so basic – knowledge. Knowledge that they could have gotten from anyone from the street, or they could have read. Knowledge that could have saved their lives.”

Prof Sheila Tlou, Director UNAIDS highlighted the importance of establishing a safe and supportive environment for adolescents and young people through the Eastern and Southern Africa Ministerial Commitment. This was followed by examples of good practice from in Tanzania and South Africa where concerted steps have been taken to scale up sexuality education and sexual and reproductive health services for young people. Prof Eustella Bhalalusesa, Ministry of Education Tanzania and Dr Nonhlala Dlamini, Department of Health South Africa presented progress and best practices.

Rev Phumzile Mabizela, a representative of the Faith community spoke of the need to engage the faith community: “most health centres and schools are run by faith communities and therefore, their attitudes to issues of sex and sexuality have a huge impact on how people shape their moral values on some of these issues. We cannot afford to leave them behind.”

“Change does not happen with scaling up to the status quo,” said Ms. Nyaradzai Gumbonzvanda, YWCA General Secretary, in her concluding remarks. “Change happens if we dare to think differently.”

Special thanks to photographer, Kena Betancur http://kenabetancur.com/[:pt]Durante a 59a Sessão da Comissão da UN sobre os Estatutos da Mulher que se realizou em Nova Iorque, a UNESCO UNAIDS e a UNFPA formaram parceria com a YWCA para organizar um diálogo entre raparigas jovens, governos e peritos de programas para reforçar o compromisso com as necessidades de saúde e educação de raparigas adolescentes na África Oriental e Austral.

O evento, que teve boa participação, proporcionou a oportunidade aos membros do painel para discutir os problemas que as mulheres e raparigas da África Oriental e Austral enfrentam e para oferecer recomendações que realcem metas e objetivos para inclusão na agenda de desenvolvimento pós 2015 incluindo erradicar o casamento infantil, pôr fim à violência com base no género, aumentar o acesso à educação e promover resultados positivos de saúde para mulheres e raparigas.

“A educação tem um efeito de proteção contra o VIH, contra a gravidez não intencionada e contra o casamento precoce, que só pode ser realizada se assegurarmos que mais raparigas e mulheres jovens se matriculem e completem a educação primária e continuem com a educação secundária”, disse a Sra. Gulser Corat, Diretora da Divisão da Igualdade entre homens e mulheres da UNESCO, em nome do Diretor Geral da UNESCO.

“Para que isto aconteça, e preciso agir ousadamente, mas e possível e é necessário que seja feito já”.

A Sra. Mona Kaidbey da UNFPA realçou o elo fundamental entre a boa educação, incluindo a educação sexual extensiva, e saúde para mulheres e raparigas. “Investir na educação sexual e serviços para adolescentes e um componente fundamental para a agenda pós 2015” disse Kaidbey.

Voltando a atenção para as raparigas, a Dra. Victoria Nnensa, uma jovem médica do Malawi, falou sobre os desafios que as raparigas jovens enfrentam.
“Muitas vezes tenho visto mulheres jovens e raparigas morrerem à frente dos meus olhos, só porque não souberam o que fazer e aonde ir; só porque não tiveram acesso a algo tão básico – o conhecimento. O conhecimento que poderiam ter tido de alguém da rua, ou que poderiam ter lido. Conhecimento que poderia ter salvo as suas vidas”.

A Prof. Sheila Tlou, Diretora da UNAIDS destacou a importância de estabelecer um ambiente de suporte seguro para adolescentes e pessoas jovens através do Compromisso Ministerial da África Oriental e Austral. Isto seguiu-se de exemplos de boa prática da Tanzânia e da África do Sul aonde medidas concertadas foram tomadas para escalar a educação sexual e os serviços de saúde sexual e reprodutiva para pessoas jovens. A Prof Eustella Bhalalusesa, Ministério da Educação da Tanzânia e a Dra. Nonhalala Dlamini, Departamento de Saúde da Africa do Sul apresentaram o progresso e as melhores práticas.

O Rev. Phumzile Mabizela, um representante da comunidade Religiosa falou da necessidade de envolver a comunidade religiosa: ” a maioria dos centros de saúde e escolas são dirigidos por comunidades religiosas e portanto, as suas atitudes em relação aos problemas sexuais e à sexualidade têm um grande impacto na maneira como as pessoas formam os seus valores morais a respeito destes problemas. Não podemos deixá-los para trás”.

“A mudança não acontece com a aumento do status quo”, disse a Sra. Nyaradzai Gumbonzvanda, Secretária Geral da YWCA, nos seus comentários finais. ” A mudança acontece se ousarmos pensar de forma diferente”.

Agradecimentos especiais ao fotógrafo Kena Betancur http://kenabetancur.com/[:fr]Au cours de la 59e session de la Commission des Nations Unies sur la condition de la femme tenue à New York, l’UNESCO, ONUSIDA et FNUPA, en partenariat avec le YWCA, ont organisé un dialogue entre les jeunes femmes, les gouvernements et les experts du programme afin de renforcer l’engagement envers les besoins de santé et d’éducation des adolescentes en Afrique orientale et australe.

L’évènement très attendu a donné l’occasion de discuter de problèmes auxquels font face les femmes et les jeunes filles en Afrique orientale et australe et de fournir des recommandations mettant l’accent sur les buts et les objectifs à inclure dans l’agenda de développement post-2015, y compris l’éradication du mariage des enfants, la fin de la violence basée sur le genre, l’augmentation de l’accès à l’éducation et la promotion de résultats positifs pour la santé des femmes et des filles.

L’éducation a un effet protecteur contre le VIH, contre les grossesses non désirées et contre le mariage précoce, qui ne peut être réalisé que si nous nous assurons que les filles et les jeunes femmes sont inscrites à l’école et bénéficient d’une éducation primaire complète et continuent à travers l’enseignement secondaire», a déclaré Mme Gulser Corat, Directeur de la division de l’égalité des genres pour l’UNESCO, au nom de la Directrice générale de l’UNESCO.

« Pour ce faire, il faut des mesures audacieuses, mais cela est faisable et doit être fait maintenant. »

Mme Mona Kaidbey du FNUAP a souligné le lien essentiel entre une bonne éducation, y compris l’éducation sexuelle, et la santé des femmes et des filles. «Investir dans l’éducation sexuelle et les services aux adolescents est un élément essentiel de l’agenda post 2015″, a déclaré Kaidbey.

Pleins feux sur les jeunes femmes, le Dr Victoria Nnensa, un jeune médecin du Malawi, parle des défis auxquels font face les jeunes femmes.

« A plusieurs reprises j’ai vu des jeunes femmes et filles mourir sous mes yeux, tout simplement parce qu’elles ne savaient pas quoi faire et où aller ; simplement parce qu’elles ne disposaient pas d’un accès à quelque chose de si fondamental – la connaissance. Connaissance qu’elles auraient pu obtenir de quelqu’un de la rue, ou qu’elles auraient pu lire. Connaissance qui aurait pu sauver leurs vies. »

Le Professeur Sheila Tlou, directeur de l’ONUSIDA a souligné l’importance d’établir un environnement sûr et favorable pour les adolescents et les jeunes grâce à l’Engagement ministériel de l’Afrique orientale et australe. Cela a été suivi par des exemples de bonnes pratiques de la Tanzanie et de l’Afrique du Sud où des mesures concertées ont été prises pour intensifier l’éducation sexuelle et les services de santé sexuelle et reproductive pour les jeunes. Le Professeur Eustella Bhalalusesa, du Ministère de l’Éducation de la Tanzanie et le Dr Nonhlala Dlamini, du Ministère de la Santé en Afrique du Sud, ont présenté leurs progrès et meilleures pratiques.

Le Révérend Phumzile Mabizela, représentant de la communauté religieuse a parlé de la nécessité d’engager la communauté religieuse : “la plupart des centres de santé et des écoles sont gérés par les communautés religieuses et, par conséquent, leurs attitudes à l’égard des questions de sexe et de sexualité ont un impact énorme sur la façon dont les gens forment leurs valeurs morales sur certaines de ces questions. Nous ne pouvons pas nous permettre de les laisser derrière. »

« Le changement ne se produit pas par une graduation jusqu’au statu quo”, a déclaré Mme Nyaradzai Gumbonzvanda, Secrétaire général du YWCA, dans ses conclusions. “Le changement se produit si nous osons penser différemment. »

Merci au photographe, Kena Betancur http://kenabetancur.com/[:]

Thank you so much to everyone who participated in our World Poetry Day contest. Every submission was so beautiful and thoughtful – it is amazing to see such talent!

It was a very tough decision but it is with great excitement that we announce this years winner: upcoming writer and poet, Lekpele M. Nyamalon.

Lekpele’s entry, titled “Forgotten Future”, shares with us what he thinks young people deserve in a simple and beautifully haunting poem. Congratulations, Lekpele!

Forgotten future

We don’t crave the stars
But a light to shine on our paths
That we stumble not

Not the moon
Just a space to play at night
And beam with innocence

We hope not for diamonds
But a precious gift of dignity
Buried beneath our ground

Let our girls live
And go to school too
Spare them from rape and genital mutilation

Our little boys aren’t men
For arms and drugs
Leave them

Give the earth when you’re done
We might need it
Free from pollution

We need a life
At least once
Is that hard?

 

About the Author:

Lekpele M. Nyamalon is an upcoming Liberian writer and poet. He has featured at several open-mic events across Liberia and contributes regularly to the Poetry column of the Daily Observer Newspaper in Liberia.  Lekpele has featured at the Liberian National Museum Arts exhibition as a guest poet and the One billion rising of the vagina monologues in Monrovia. He was recently selected as a participating Poet, along with other West African Poets on a Poet’s residency on Goree Island, Senegal organized by the Open Society Initiative of West Africa (OSIWA) to articulate their views of a new Africa .

[:en]Imagine… Every young African, resilient and informed, making their own decisions, fostering healthy relationships, accessing proper health care and actively participating in their education. Imagine with all this, what they could do for their community and their future? 

Young people deserve the chance to build a better future for themselves and that is why we have started the #YoungPeopleDeserve Campaign.

Young people are the key to building a brighter future for Eastern and Southern Africa, and in order to do so they need greater access to sexuality education and youth-friendly sexual reproductive health services. By increasing this access we can help eliminate child marriages, gender based violence, HIV and AIDS, and teenage pregnancy. By investing in our young people we can help build a better future for generations to come.

So, what is the campaign?

#YoungPeopleDeserve is a social media campaign that aims to raise awareness of the challenges facing young people today and it is our hope that by shedding light on these challenges we can improve the lives of young people in Eastern and Southern Africa.

Every month we will be sharing an image that represents the story of a young person in the region. Each image will represent part of our vision of what young people deserve. From gender equality, to community support, sexuality education and everything in between. 

How can YOU get involved?

So many ways!

You can help us spread the word:

By ‘liking’ and ‘sharing’ our #YoungPeopleDeserve posts on

Facebook 

and  ‘quoting’, ‘retweeting’ and ‘favouriting’ our Tweets on

Twitter

You can share YOUR stories and YOUR thoughts on what YOU think young people deserve. Share with us on Facebook and/or Twitter by using the #YoungPeopleDeserve and either tagging our Facebook page or @yptcampaign. We want to hear from you.

We don’t want to just IMAGINE brighter futures for our young people. We want to make it happen and we need your help. Let’s give young people the bright futures they deserve.[:pt]Imagine… todos os jovens Africanos, resistentes e informados, tomando as suas decisões, adotando relacionamentos saudáveis, acedendo a cuidados de saúde adequados e participando na sua educação. Imagine tudo isto, o que podem fazer pela sua comunidade e o seu futuro?

Os jovens merecem a oportunidade de construir um futuro melhor para si próprios e por isso demos início à Campanha #YoungPeopleDeserve.

Os jovens são a chave para construir um futuro melhor para a África Oriental e Austral, mas para poderem fazer isso precisam de maior acesso à educação sexual e aos serviços de saúde sexual e reprodutiva. É aumentando esse acesso que podemos ajudar a eliminar os casamentos infantis, a violência baseada no sexo, o VIH e a SIDA, e gravidezes na adolescência.É a investir nos nossos jovens que podemos construir um futuro melhor para as próximas gerações .

Entao, de que se trata a campanha?

#JovensMerecem é uma campanha de comunicação social que tem como objetivo sensibilizar as pessoas para os desafios que os jovens enfrentam hoje e esperamos que ao esclarecer estes desafios possamos melhorar as vidas dos jovens da África Oriental e Austral.

Todos os meses vamos partilhar uma imagem que representa a história de um jovem da região. Cada imagem representara parte da nossa visão daquilo que os jovens merecem. Desde a igualdade entre homens e mulheres, ao apoio da comunidade, à educação sexual e tudo o que se relacione. 

Como pode se envolver?

Tantas maneiras!

Pode ajudar-nos a difundir a mensagem:

Goste’ e ‘partilhe’ dos nossos “posts” na #JovensMerecem no

Facebook 

e ‘citando’, ‘retweeing’ e ‘favouriting’ os nossos Tweets no

Twitter

Pode partilhar AS SUAS histórias e AS SUAS opiniões sobre o que pensa que os jovens merecem. Partilhe connosco no Facebook e/ou Twitter usando #JovensMerecem e ‘tagging’ a nossa página do Facebook ou @yptcampaign. Queremos ouvir o que tem a dizer.

Não queremos apenas IMAGINAR futuros melhores para os nossos jovens. Queremos conseguir que isso aconteça e precisamos da sua ajuda. Vamos dar merecidos futuros melhores aos nossos jovens.[:fr]Imaginez … Tous les jeunes Africains, résilients et informés, prendre leurs propres décisions, favoriser des relations saines, ayant accès aux soins de santé adéquats et participant activement à leur éducation. Imaginez avec tout cela ce qu’ils pourraient faire pour leur communauté et leur avenir?

Les jeunes méritent d’avoir la chance de construire un avenir meilleur pour eux-mêmes, c’est pourquoi nous avons commencé la #YoungPeopleDeserve Campagne.

Les jeunes sont la clé pour bâtir un avenir meilleur pour l’Afrique Orientale et Australe, et pour ce faire, ils ont besoin d’un meilleur accès à l’éducation sexuelle et aux services de santé sexuelle et reproductive des jeunes. En augmentant cet accès, nous pouvons aider à éliminer les mariages d’enfants,  la violence basée sur le genre, le VIH et le SIDA ainsi que la grossesse chez les adolescentes. En investissant dans nos jeunes, nous pouvons bâtir un avenir meilleur pour les générations à venir.

Alors, quelle est la campagne ?

#YoungPeopleDeserve est une campagne de médias sociaux qui vise à sensibiliser le public aux défis auxquels font face les jeunes d’aujourd’hui et nous espérons qu’en faisant la lumière sur ces défis, nous pouvons améliorer la vie des jeunes en Afrique Orientale et Australe.

Chaque mois, nous partagerons une image représentant l’histoire d’une jeune personne dans la région. Chaque image représente une partie de notre vision de ce que les jeunes méritent. Depuis l’égalité des sexes, à l’appui de la communauté, l’éducation sexuelle et tout le reste.

Comment pouvez-VOUS participer?

De nombreuses façons!

Vous pouvez nous aider à faire passer le message :

En « aimant » et en « partageant » nos messages #YoungPeopleDeserve sur

Facebook 

et « citant » , « retweetant » et ajoutant dans vos favoris nos Tweets sur

Twitter

Vous pouvez partager VOS histoires et VOTRE avis sur ce que VOUS pensez que les jeunes méritent. Partagez avec nous sur Facebook et / ou Twitter en utilisant le #YoungPeopleDeserve ou bien en marquant notre page Facebook ou @yptcampaign. Nous voulons entendre votre point de vue.

Nous ne voulons pas simplement IMAGINER un avenir meilleur pour nos jeunes. Nous voulons y arriver et nous avons besoin de votre aide. Donnons aux jeunes le brillant avenir qu’ils méritent.[:]

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There are many challenges facing young women today. One major challenge for women in Eastern and Southern Africa is the lack of basic knowledge of and access to crucial sexual health education and services, including issues related to HIV and pregnancy. We recognize the need to empower young people, especially girls, in order to remove the stigma and discrimination associated with HIV and pregnancies. One way to do this is through education.

Some young girls are blamed for their HIV infection and accused of being immoral. Others end up on the streets because they have nowhere to go. Nellie, an inspiring girl from Kenya knows what it feels like to be scared and alone in the face of adversity. Nellie shared her story, through a handwritten note, in hopes of helping other young people overcome similar challenges.

March 8 2015, marks International Women’s Day. A day that recognizes the adversity that many girls and women face around the world and the courage it takes to overcome. We truly admire Nellie’s strength in sharing her difficult story and are certain that she will leave a positive legacy, in her community and beyond. Thank you, Nellie.

Take a stand on #InternationalWomensDay and show your support for all the amazing women around the world!

A Change

A letter written by Nellie

“I’m very sorry to inform you that you are HIV positive, but on the upside, you are going to have a baby,” the doctor informed me. Tears welled up in my eyes. These were tears of deep bitterness and they stung my eyes. That monster, that monster infected me. He made my whole life crash right before my eyes. I was now having his baby, a constant reminder of that dreadful night that he took my innocence without my consent. “Thank you” I was able to utter as I walked out of the doctor’s office.

“I’m very sorry to inform you that you are HIV positive, but on the upside, you are going to have a baby,” the doctor informed me.

I was only seventeen, a student, pregnant and to top it all off HIV positive. Where would I start? How long would I live? Would I even have the baby? These questions crossed my mind as I walked in the streets very paranoid; in my mind everyone knew my status. I could hear them whisper about it as I walked past. I tried fighting back my tears but I wasn’t able to as they slowly started to trickle down my cheeks.

I finally returned home “what’s going on,” my mother asked. Without even uttering a word I started to sob uncontrollably. “Mum… I’m pregnant… and HIV positive.” She just looked blankly at me and said, “Where did I go wrong with you? Did I raise you like this? Imagine what people will say about our family.” Was this really happening? Wasn’t she even going to ask how it happened? I was honestly all alone.

Soon word spread and everywhere I walked I could see people move away from me and hear whispers echoing. “There is that girl with the disease,” “She is so loose of morals,” “Surely she was not raised in the right family.” All I could think was “If they only knew.” 

I saw my long lost friend Emily. A smile curved on my face as I made my way towards her. “No!” she protested. “Don’t touch me! I don’t want to get the virus!” she exclaimed as she walked away. Shock overcame me and I began to question whether I was a monster that should be avoided.

Shock overcame me and I began to question whether I was a monster that should be avoided. 

The baby was another issue. I thought of abortion more than once but that would just add guilt to my already miserable life. I decided to keep the baby, even though it would remind me of the horrible night. It was never the baby’s fault.

All my days have a challenge. Stigmatization, one illness after the next, the huge amount of drugs I have to take each day, and worst of all the traumatization. I can’t even close my eyes without flashes of that heinous act being done to me, repeatedly crossing my mind. It’s not my choice to be pregnant or HIV positive. Everyone assumes it’s because of my immorality. But I made a choice to not die as ‘that girl who had the virus’ but live as ‘the girl who made a change,’ ‘the girl who lived her life and is an inspiration to many victims.’ 

I promise I will leave a legacy, a change, for one, I will accept my status and work towards helping victims with HIV live a positive life.

 

Special thanks to Nellie and LVCT Health.[:pt]

As raparigas jovens enfrentam muitos desafios hoje. Um dos maiores desafios para as mulheres da África Oriental e Austral é a falta de conhecimentos básicos e de acesso à educação da saúde sexual e a serviços essenciais, incluindo problemas relacionados com o VIH e a gravidez. Reconhecemos a necessidade de capacitar os jovens, especialmente as raparigas, no sentido de eliminar o estigma e a descriminação associados ao VIH e às gravidezes. Um meio de o fazer é através da educação.

Algumas raparigas jovens são culpadas pela sua infeção do VIH e acusadas de não terem moral. Outras acabam nas ruas porque não têm para onde ir. A Nellie, uma rapariga inspiradora do Quénia sabe o que é sentir medo e sentir-se sozinha face à adversidade. A Nellie partilhou a sua história, através de uma nota escrita à mão, esperando ajudar outras pessoas jovens a vencer desafios semelhantes.

O dia 28 de março de 2015, marca o Dia Internacional da Mulher. Um dia que reconhece a adeversidade que muitas raparigas e mulheres enfrentam em todo o mundo e a coragem necessária para superar. Admiramos verdadeiramente a força da Nellie ao partilhar a sua história difícil e estamos certos que deixará um legado positivo na sua comunidade e para lá dela. Obrigado, Nellie.

Manifeste-se no #DiaInternacionaldaMulher e demonstre o seu apoio a todas a mulheres incríveis de todo o mundo!

UMA MUDANÇA

Uma carta escrita pela Nellie

“Tenho imensa pena de a informar que é seropositiva, mas o lado bom é que vai ter um bébé”, o doutor informou-me. As lágrimas cresceram-me nos olhos. Eram lágrimas de amargura. Aquele monstro, aquele monstro infetou-me. Ele destrui-me a vida à frente dos olhos. Agora vou ter o filho dele, uma lembrança constante daquela noite terrível em que ele me despojou da inocência sem o meu consentimento. “Obrigada” fui capaz de dizer ao sair do consultório do doutor.

“Tenho imensa pena de a informar que é seropositiva, mas o lado bom é que vai ter um bébé”, o doutor informou-me.

Tinha apenas 17 anos, era estudante, grávida e ainda em cima seropositiva. Por onde começar? Com iria viver? Será que ia ter mesmo o bébé? Estas questões atravessavam o meu pensamento ao andar nas ruas paranóica; no meu pensamento todas as pessoas sabiam da minha situação. Podia ouvi-las falar baixinho quando passava por elas. Tentei lutar contra as lágrimas mas não consegui porque corriam devagar pela minha face.

Finalmente voltei a casa “o que éque se passa”, a minha mãe perguntou. Sem dizer nada comecei a chorar sem controlo. “Mãe… estou grávida… e sou seropositiva”. Ela apenas olhou para mim sem emoção e disse, “por onde errei contigo? Foi assim que te criei? Imagina o que as pessoas vão dizer da nossa família”. Será que isto estava mesmo a acontecer? Será que ela nem sequer ia perguntar como aconteceu? Estava completamente sozinha.

Rapidamente a notícia se espalhou e por todo lado que passava podia ver as pessoas se afastarem de mim e ouvia o eco dos sussurros. “acolá vai a rapariga com a doença”, “Não tem moral” “Seguramente que não foi criada numa boa família”. O que podia pensar apenas era “Se eles soubessem”. 

Vi a minha antiga amiga Emily. Um sorriso desenhou-se nos meus lábios ao me aproximar dela. “Não” protestou ela. “não toques em mim! Eu não quero o vírus!” Exclamou enquanto se afastava. O choque apoderou-se de mim e comecei a questionar se eu era um monstro que devia ser evitado.

O choque apoderou-se de mim e comecei a questionar se eu era um monstro que devia ser evitado. 

O bébé era outro problema. Pensei no aborto mais de uma vez mas isso acrescentava culpa à minha vida miserável. Decidi ficar com o bébé, mesmo que fosse uma lembrança dessa noite horrível. Não era a culpa dele.

Todos os dias tenho um desafio. Estigmatização, uma doença atrás da outra, a grande quantia de medicamentos que tenho que tomar todos os dias, e o pior de tudo, o trauma. Não posso sequer fechar os olhos sem os flashes daquele ato hediondo atravessarem repetidamente o meu pensamento. Não escolhi estar grávida ou ser seropositiva. Todos assumem que foi pela minha imoralidade. Mas escolhi não morrer como ‘aquela rapariga portadora do vírus’ mas sim viver como ‘a rapariga que fez uma mudança’, ‘a rapariga que viveu a sua vida e é uma inspiração para muitas vitimas’. 

Prometo que deixarei um legado, uma mudança, aceitarei o meu estatuto e trabalharei no sentido de ajudar vitimas com VIH a viver uma vida positiva.

 

Um obrigado muito especial à Nellie e LVC Health.[:fr]Il y a beaucoup de défis posés aux jeunes femmes d’aujourd’hui. Un défi majeur pour les femmes en Afrique Orientale et Australe est le manque de connaissances de base et l’accès à l’éducation sexuelle et aux services de santé, y compris les questions liées au VIH et à la grossesse. Nous reconnaissons la nécessité de responsabiliser les jeunes, surtout les filles, afin d’éliminer la stigmatisation et la discrimination associées au VIH et aux grossesses. L’éducation est un moyen d’y parvenir.

Certaines jeunes filles sont blâmées pour leur infection au VIH et accusées d’être immorales. D’autres finissent à la rue parce qu’elles n’ont nulle part où aller. Nellie, une jeune fille du Kenya sait ce que l’on ressent lorsqu’on est effrayé et seul dans l’adversité. Nellie a partagé son histoire, grâce à une note manuscrite, dans l’espoir d’aider d’autres jeunes à surmonter des défis similaires.

Le 8 mars 2015 se déroule la Journée internationale de la femme. Une journée qui reconnaît l’adversité à laquelle de nombreuses jeunes filles et femmes sont confrontées dans le monde et le courage qu’il faut pour le surmonter. Nous admirons la force de Nellie partageant son histoire difficile et nous sommes certains qu’elle va laisser un héritage positif, dans sa communauté et au-delà. Merci, Nellie.

Prenez position sur #InternationalWomensDay et montrez votre soutien à toutes les femmes extraordinaires dans le monde entier!

Un Changement

Une lettre écrite par Nellie

“Je suis  désolée de vous informer que vous êtes séropositive, mais vous allez également avoir un bébé,” m’a annoncé le médecin.

Les larmes me montèrent aux yeux. C’étaient des larmes de profonde amertume qui piquaient les yeux. Ce monstre, ce monstre m’avait infecté. Ma vie s’est effondrée juste devant mes yeux. Je vais maintenant avoir son bébé, un rappel constant de cette nuit terrible où il a pris mon innocence sans mon consentement. “Merci” je parvins à prononcer alors que je sortais du bureau du médecin.

“Je suis désolé de vous informer que vous êtes séropositive, mais vous allez également avoir un bébé,” m’a annoncé le médecin.

J’avais seulement dix-sept ans, j’étais une étudiante, enceinte et pour corser le tout, séropositive. Où puis-je commencer? Combien de temps vais-je vivre? Est-ce que j’aurai le bébé? Ces questions ont traversé mon esprit alors que je marchais dans les rues, paranoïaque; dans mon esprit tout le monde savait mon statut. Je pouvais entendre chuchoter à ce sujet lorsque je passais. J’essayais de lutter contre les larmes mais je ne pouvais pas et elles ont lentement commencé à couler sur mes joues.

Je suis finalement rentrée à la maison. “Que ce passe-t-il?” m’a demandé ma mère. Sans même dire un mot, je commencé à sangloter, incontrôlable. «Maman, … Je suis enceinte … et séropositive.” Elle m’a seulement regardée fixement et m’a dit: “Où est-ce que je me suis trompée avec toi? T’ai-je élevée comme ça? Imagine ce que les gens vont dire à propos de notre famille. ” Est-ce que ça s’est vraiment passé? Elle va même me demander comment s’est arrivé? J’étais vraiment seule.

Bientôt la rumeur se répandit et partout où j’allais je pouvais voir les gens s’éloigner de moi et entendre leurs murmures résonner. “C’est la fille malade”, “Elle manque tellement de morale”, “Elle n’a probablement pas été élevée dans une bonne famille.” Tout ce que je pouvais penser était “Si seulement ils savaient.”

Je vis mon amie de longue date Emily. Un sourire illumina mon visage alors que je marchais à sa rencontre. “Non!” A-t-elle protesté. “Ne me touche pas! Je ne veux pas attraper le virus! “Hurla-t-elle en s’éloignant. Je fus surmontée par le choc et me mis à me poser la question de savoir si j’étais un monstre qu’on devait éviter.

Le choc m’envahit et je me mis à me poser la question de savoir si j’étais un monstre qu’on devait éviter.

Le bébé était un autre problème. Je pensais à l’avortement plus d’une fois mais cela aurait simplement ajouté la culpabilité de ma vie déjà misérable. Je décidais de garder le bébé, même si cela me rappelait cette nuit horrible.Cela n’a jamais été la faute du bébé.

Chaque jour est un défi. La stigmatisation, une maladie après l’autre, l’énorme quantité de médicaments que je dois prendre chaque jour, et le pire de tout,  le traumatisme. Je ne peux même pas fermer les yeux sans voir l’acte odieux que j’ai subi traverser à plusieurs reprises mon esprit. Ce n’est pas mon choix d’être enceinte ou séropositive. Tout le monde suppose que cela est dû à mon immoralité. Mais j’ai fait le choix de ne pas mourir comme «la fille qui avait le virus», mais de vivre comme «la fille qui a permis un changement, ” la fille qui a vécu sa vie et qui est une source d’inspiration pour de nombreuses victimes».

Je promets de laisser un héritage, un changement. Je vais accepter mon statut et travailler à aider les victimes du VIH à vivre leur vie de façon positive.

 

Merci à Nellie et à LVCT Health.[:]

[:en]Irina Bokova, Director-General of UNESCO once said: “every poem is unique but each reflects the universal in human experience, the aspiration for creativity that crosses all boundaries and boarders, of time as well as space, in the constant affirmation of humanity as a single family.”

March 21, 2015, is UNESCO World Poetry Day and we want YOU to take part.

We will be hosting a #YoungPeopleDeserve Poetry Contest. The criteria is simple: write a poem in any style that tells us what YOU think young people deserve. This could be a ballad, limerick, haiku, blank verse, sonnet or another style of your choice. Send your poem to esacommitment@unesco.org  by midnight on March 19 with the subject line: World Poetry Day and your name. The winning entry will be featured on our blog on World Poetry Day.

By joining us in celebrating World Poetry Day you are helping us recognize the unique ability of poetry to capture the creative spirit of the human mind.

We look forward to reading all of your entries! Good luck!

[:pt]Irina Bokova, Director-General of UNESCO once said “every poem is unique but each reflects the universal in human experience, the aspiration for creativity that crosses all boundaries and boarders, of time as well as space, in the constant affirmation of humanity as a single family.”

March 21, 2015 is UNESCO World Poetry Day and we want YOU to take part.

We will be hosting a #YoungPeopleDeserve Poetry Contest. The criteria is simple: write a poem in any style that tells us what YOU think young people deserve. This could be a ballad, limerick, haiku, blank verse, sonnet or another style of your choice. Send your poem to esacommitment@unesco.org  by midnight on March 19 with the subject line: World Poetry Day and your name. The winning entry will be featured on our blog on World Poetry Day.

By joining us in celebrating World Poetry Day you are helping us recognise the unique ability of poetry to capture the creative spirit of the human mind.

We look forward to reading all of your entries! Good luck!

[:fr]Irina Bokova, Director-General of UNESCO once said “every poem is unique but each reflects the universal in human experience, the aspiration for creativity that crosses all boundaries and boarders, of time as well as space, in the constant affirmation of humanity as a single family.”

March 21, 2015 is UNESCO World Poetry Day and we want YOU to take part.

We will be hosting a #YoungPeopleDeserve Poetry Contest. The criteria is simple: write a poem in any style that tells us what YOU think young people deserve. This could be a ballad, limerick, haiku, blank verse, sonnet or another style of your choice. Send your poem to esacommitment@unesco.org  by midnight on March 19 with the subject line: World Poetry Day and your name. The winning entry will be featured on our blog on World Poetry Day.

By joining us in celebrating World Poetry Day you are helping us recognise the unique ability of poetry to capture the creative spirit of the human mind.

We look forward to reading all of your entries! Good luck!

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[:en]By Taban Robert Aggrey

In December, UNESCO in partnership with UNFPA and the South Sudan AIDS Commission, trained over 20 journalists drawn from broadcasting and print media across South Sudan on critical challenges facing young people today.

The training aimed at building the capacity of journalists with accurate and up-to-date information on sexual reproductive health and comprehensive sexuality education for adolescents and young people in order for effective delivery in their reportage.The hope is the training will help build the quality and quantity of coverage related to HIV and STI prevention and sexual and reproductive health rights and sexual health information and services for young people. The workshop also covered topics such as male and female anatomy and the power of the Internet and social media in sharing life-saving information to the broader community.

Salah Khaled, the head of UNESCO-South Sudan, addressed the journalists in Juba: “A huge number of young people in the country are unaware of the risks of STIs and other health dangers and they need to be educated,” said Khalid.

“Media has the power to educate a vast population on vital issues in a very appropriate time.”

According to the AIDS Commission, there are over 18,000 children and young people living with HIV across the country today with over 2,400 new infections happening every year (2013 Report).

There is also a major concern in STI prevalence among young people (age 15-24 years old) in Juba with a large disparity between youth that are in school, where rates are at 12% when compared with out of school youth who are over double that rate at 38%.

Habib Daffalla M. Awongo, Director General for Programme Coordination for South Sudan AIDS Commission (SSAC) revealed that over the last few years, the response to the AIDS epidemic in South Sudan has achieved encouraging results.

Awango stressed the critical role the mass media plays in reporting effectively on HIV prevention, treatment and care services. He emphasized that through these media outlets, journalists can help educate, mobilize, bring about behavior change and encourage populations to support and participate in a national AIDS response.

Lemeri Alison, Radio presenter for Radio Easter Yei and one of the participants for the training said the training has come at the right time when people are yearning to know more about HIV.

“I am convinced that all of us who have come for this training are going to impact the lives of the people in the community by reporting accurately and fairly,” said Lemeri.

 

A special thank you to Taban Robert Aggrey, a journalist from South Sudan and guest blogger for the Young People Today initiative.

Photo Credit: Taban Robert Aggrey, capturing journalist training attendees in Juba, South Sudan.[:pt]By Taban Robert Aggrey

In December, UNESCO in partnership with UNFPA and the South Sudan AIDS Commission, trained over 20 journalists drawn from broadcasting and print media across South Sudan on critical challenges facing young people today.

The training aimed at building the capacity of journalists with accurate and up-to-date information on sexual reproductive health and comprehensive sexuality education for adolescents and young people in order for effective delivery in their reportage.The hope is the training will help build the quality and quantity of coverage related to HIV and STI prevention and sexual and reproductive health rights and sexual health information and services for young people. The workshop also covered topics such as male and female anatomy and the power of the Internet and social media in sharing life-saving information to the broader community.

Salah Khaled, the head of UNESCO-South Sudan, addressed the journalists in Juba: “A huge number of young people in the country are unaware of the risks of STIs and other health dangers and they need to be educated,” said Khalid.

“Media has the power to educate a vast population on vital issues in a very appropriate time.”

According to the AIDS Commission, there are over 18,000 children and young people living with HIV across the country today with over 2,400 new infections happening every year (2013 Report).

There is also a major concern in STI prevalence among young people (age 15-24 years old) in Juba with a large disparity between youth that are in school, where rates are at 12% when compared with out of school youth who are over double that rate at 38%.

Habib Daffalla M. Awongo, Director General for Programme Coordination for South Sudan AIDS Commission (SSAC) revealed that over the last few years, the response to the AIDS epidemic in South Sudan has achieved encouraging results.

Awango stressed the critical role the mass media plays in reporting effectively on HIV prevention, treatment and care services. He emphasized that through these media outlets, journalists can help educate, mobilize, bring about behavior change and encourage populations to support and participate in a national AIDS response.

Lemeri Alison, Radio presenter for Radio Easter Yei and one of the participants for the training said the training has come at the right time when people are yearning to know more about HIV.

“I am convinced that all of us who have come for this training are going to impact the lives of the people in the community by reporting accurately and fairly,” said Lemeri.

 

A special thank you to Taban Robert Aggrey, a journalist from South Sudan and guest blogger for the Young People Today initiative.

Photo Credit: Taban Robert Aggrey, capturing journalist training attendees in Juba, South Sudan.[:fr]Par Taban Robert Aggrey

En Décembre, l’UNESCO, en partenariat avec le FNUAP et la Commission SIDA Sud-Soudan, a formé plus de 20 journalistes issus des médias comme la radio et la presse écrite sur les défis critiques auxquels font face les jeunes d’aujourd’hui.

La formation visait à renforcer les capacités des journalistes en leur fournissant des informations exactes et à jour sur la santé sexuelle et reproductive et l’éducation sexuelle complète pour les adolescents et les jeunes pour s’assurer que la diffusion de leur reportage soit efficace. Nous espérons que la formation permettra de renforcer la qualité et la quantité de la couverture médiatique liée à la prévention du VIH et des IST MST et des droits de santé sexuelle et reproductive ainsi que des informations et des services de santé sexuelle pour les jeunes. L’atelier a également porté sur des sujets tels que l’anatomie masculine et féminine et la puissance de l’Internet et des médias sociaux dans le partage de l’information vitale à une communauté plus large.

Salah Khaled, qui est à la tête de l’UNESCO au Soudan du Sud, s’est adressé aux journalistes à Juba : « Un grand nombre de jeunes dans le pays ne sont pas conscients des risques d’IST et d’autres dangers pour la santé et ils ont besoin d’être éduqués”, a déclaré Khalid.

“Les médias ont le pouvoir d’éduquer une vaste population sur des questions vitales dans au moment opportun.”

Selon la Commission SIDA, il y a plus de 18.000 enfants et des jeunes vivant avec le VIH à travers le pays aujourd’hui avec plus de 2400 nouvelles infections chaque année (rapport 2013).
Il y a également une préoccupation majeure concernant la prévalence des IST chez les jeunes (âgés de 15 à 24 ans) à Juba, avec une grande disparité entre les jeunes qui sont à l’école, dont les taux sont de 12%, en comparaison avec les jeunes non scolarisés dont le taux est plus du double et atteint 38%.

Habib Daffalla M. Awongo, directeur général de la coordination du programme pour le Soudan du Sud à la Commission SIDA (SSAC) a révélé qu’au cours des quelques dernières années, la réponse à l’épidémie de sida dans le Soudan du Sud a obtenu des résultats encourageants.

Awango a souligné le rôle crucial que les médias de masse jouent pour transmettre de manière efficace des informations sur les services de prévention, de traitement et de soins du VIH. Il a souligné que, grâce à ces médias, les journalistes peuvent aider à éduquer, mobiliser, entraîner un changement de comportement et encourager les populations à soutenir et à participer à une réponse nationale au sida.

Lemeri Alison, présentateur pour Radio Yei Pâques et l’un des participants à la formation ont déclaré que la formation a été délivrée au bon moment, à un moment où les gens aspirent à en savoir plus sur le VIH.

“Je suis convaincu que chacun d’entre nous qui sommes venus pour cette formation auront une influence sur la vie des gens de la communauté en transmettant les informations de manière précise et juste», a déclaré Lemeri.

 

Remerciements à Taban Robert Aggrey, journaliste du Soudan du Sud et blogueur invité pour l’initiative jeunes d’aujourd’hui.

Crédit photo: Robert Taban Aggrey, capturant les participants à la formation des journalistes à Juba, au Soudan du Sud.[:]