Training on sensitive issues for Youth volunteers, 2010

NARRATIVE REPORT

Introduction

International Planned Parenthood Federation (IPPF) South Asia regional Youth Network (SARYN) is a youth led network run by IPPF youth volunteers in South Asia and supported by IPPF South Asia Region Office and its 8 Member Associations. The main objectives of IPPF SARYN are to ensure meaningful youth participation within the IPPF governing system in SAR and ensuring meaningful involvement of young people at all levels of programmes and services in the MAs.

Society for Health Education (SHE) in collaboration with IPPF is working on different programmes targeting to Youth and general population. In line with this, training on sensitive issues was planned for the youth volunteer members of the organization.

Objectives

The main objectives of this 1 day training are to:

  1. train the youth members on sexual violence and unsafe abortion
  2. Increase general knowledge on safe /unsafe abortion and sexual violence

Activity Plan

The event was planned and coordinated by the SHE staff, and facilitated by a youth member of SHE who participated in the training on sensitive issues conducted at the regional council meeting 2010.

1.      Executive Summary

A one day session of 15 numbers of participants of age 15-24 from both genders was held to train youths on sensitive issues. Due to former other event participation, the members were very familiar with each other, and had interest in the area too.

With no ice breaking, the day started with an introduction of the topics to be discussed and a little session of familiarizing.

Session 1

The first topic was sexual diversity. At the beginning of the session, the participants were acknowledged of the different types of people that can exist, and how IPPF regards the issue.

Abortion and Sexual violence (grey area) were the two main topics that suited our country more and were more beneficial for youth volunteers.

Regarding Abortion, we started with the fact based exercise “Cross the Line” with statements about the participants own home environment, their personal life, their experience and such. So there was no argument from either side. But explanations were asked from those who would like to share, and a lot was shared. It was a successful session as the later events went on smoothly due to this discussion.

Then the short movie “Not Yet Rain” was shown, and an hour was spent on the discussions that followed. Most of the facts shown in the movie was new to the participants and were shocked. But there were also some facts that were not new to them, still were concerned. Every one believed that such a movie could have been made in our own country too.

After the movie exercise “Three corners” was done. Here participants got the choice of deciding their choice, as this is an opinion based exercise. Three options were there; agree, disagree, in-between (unsure/both).  An interesting debated went on for most of the statements. We concluded the exercise with an information giving session on abortion. Here the terms and words used were explained and also, the view of IPPF was shared.

The topic on abortion was concluded with the participants playing a drama (5 in each group) by dividing the participants into groups. Here we were able to see how much the participants have digested the topic and information, and also how much their beliefs changed from the beginning to the end.

Session 2

Next was the sexual violence (grey area). The session was started with word brainstorm exercise, on the words the participants chose on their own. After that, they were asked to paste them on a board divided into 5 parts. Acts, Victim, Culprit, Emotions……

After that an exercise was done with the board divided into two, “consensual sex act” and “Sexual Violence”. Participants were given scenarios of different acts. Participants pasted on either side. When discussed individual scenarios, some participants came up with the argument of it fitting on both sides, and of issues that fitted on neither side. So, we agreed to paste them on the centre, in-between. After the exercise the participants were told that this in-between was the “grey area” of sexual violence.

This was a long exercise and many discussions and arguments arose. But in the end of the day, we all agreed on some basic idea and rules on the “consensual sex act” and the “Sexual violence” as well as how to react to the “Grey area of sexual violence”.

How the grey area can be advocated was also discussed, and who are available in our country to do that. This exercise was also concluded with a drama, to see how much their understood.

Achievements:

  • The group of volunteers who participated in the training was very enthusiastic, with interest in working with SHE in the future.

Constraints

  • The number of youth who participated in the training were less, than the anticipated number
  • Difficulty in getting the youth team together

 

FINANCIAL REPORT

No

Detail

Allocated Budget in APB 2010 (MRF)

Estimated Budget (MRF)

Actual (MRF)

Variance (MRF)

Reasons for Variance

SHE

IPPF

Other

1

Hall Hire

00.00

3,800.00

00.00

3,800.00

00.00

0.00

2

Refreshment

00.00

5,875.00

00.00

5,875.00

00.00

0.00

3

Training Materials

00.00

3,175.00

00.00

315.00

00.00

2,860.00

This cost was incurred for only files, pencils, books for 20 participants

4

Certificate Printing

00.00

0.00

00.00

65.00

00.00

-65.00

5

Water

00.00

0.00

00.00

45.00

00.00

-45.00

6

Transportation

00.00

0.00

00.00

40.00

00.00

-40.00

TOTAL

00.00

12,850.00

00.00

10,140.00

00.00

2,710.00

 

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