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Peer Education and Youth Policy Advocacy in Pakistan

Written By: Fsahat Ul Hassan
August 2, 2011

 

I work to promote activism among young people for their sexual and reproductive health and rights in Pakistan. I want to sensitize young people from all over the Pakistan to the promotion and integration of sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR) at policy level. A National Youth Policy was approved for the first time in the history of Pakistan in 2008, and now provincial governments are working to legislate and finalize the Provincial Youth Polices according to the national policy. I want to integrate the SRHR in the provincial youth policy by strengthening the capacity of young people on issues around SRHR and enhancing their leadership skills for promoting SRHR of young people in Pakistan. I also want to develop networking and collaboration among young activists for prompting SRHR of young people in Pakistan.

I am a young leader who has been working with other young change agents, peer educators, and leaders since 2000. Right now I work with the Youth Advocacy Network on Sexual Reproductive Health and Rights (YAN-SRHR) and other groups. I am particularly interested in sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR) and HIV/AIDS in Pakistan. I work with different youth and health based organizations at national and grassroots level for the promotion of SRHR for young people and I am also part of a theater group for the promotion and creation of awareness about the rights of women. I have worked with my team for the integration of SRHR in National Youth Policy, and we organized and celebrate a National Youth Week in December, 2007 in which we did advocacy for the integration of SRHR, HIV/AIDS, and gender equality.

I believe in peer education and want to develop the capacity of young people because if they are well aware and have the capacity to transfer their knowledge and skills to their peers and community, they can bring about change in society.

Fsahat Ul Hassan is chairperson of Youth Advocacy Network (YAN), a national level, democratic youth-led network in Pakistan that is focused on meaningful youth participation and sexual and reproductive health and rights of  young people.

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