By Jennifer Ehidiamen
There has been so much talk about the world population growing into 7 billion- with its challenges and opportunities. What does this mean to you as an individual? Is it going to change the way we live? how?
I have been working with an amazing team who are passionate about using online collaborative methods to develop a new UNAIDS strategy on youth and HIV. And right now I’m thinking, we can actually harness the efforts of 7 Billion people to reverse the impact of HIV and contribute to the emergence of HIV-population if we all make it our responsibility to CrowdOutAIDS.
The project- CrowdOutAIDS basically seeks to engage young people aged 15-29years, spread across different parts of the world to share their ideas and advise UNAIDS on new ways to work with young people.
Last week, CrowdOutAIDS launched eight (8) regional Open Forums to connect young people and build collective knowledge. The focus was on leadership vs engagement…
Here’s a teaser:
First week – what were we thinking?
The objective of the first week was to get a definition of youth leadership and youth engagement. We felt it was important to understanding of what youth engagement and youth leadership is, what it isn’t, and how it is represented and perceived in different communities is important. So it seemed like the logical place to start.
Some of the questions the moderators asked in the Open Forums included:
“In your country can you think of current examples where youth perspectives have been well-represented in community organizations, government, health care organizations, and/or UN agencies?”
“What is the first thing that comes to your mind when you hear organisations, government bodies and the UN talking about youth leadership and engagement?”
In the Africa English Open Forum, there was some feeling that youth leadership initiatives have not really worked in the past, as well as for young people to take on the leadership role themselves without waiting for anyone to come with a “programme.” Click here to continue
It’s all about how to work WITH young people. The conversation is on, find your spot and contribute your ideas…. Click here to join a forum NOW!
CrowdOutAIDS is an online collaboration to develop a new way for UNAIDS to work with young people in the AIDS response.