Several media outlets published on 12-18 August two articles written by young women. These articles were published in the context of International Youth Day. To mark the day, UNFPA Lebanon asked young people involved in UNFPA-supported advocacy projects run and targeting youth, to write about the reason behind their involvement in civil society and how they perceive the challenges of their communities as well as possible solutions. UNFPA selected two articles from the submissions. The first one, “Above the Clouds” is a breathtaking testimonial of a 21-year old young woman from Saida who refused to quit school for an arranged early marriage, whose brothers are drug addicts and violent, and who is now a university student and an activist in NGOs. The second article, “We have solutions, Hope you’ll Listen,” describes a 21-year old Iraqi woman refugee’s perception of the main problems affecting communities in refugees camps in Lebanon, notably housing and education. The author also provides her opinion on how young refugees themselves could help. Read in Arabic: Al Jaras, Al Hayat 1, Al Hayat 2, Al Hayat 3, Sauress
Various media outlets on 12 August reported that UNFPA Georgia with its partners – Georgia’s First Lady’s healthy lifestyle initiative “Don’t Worry, Be Healthy,” Sports and Youth Affairs Department, Employment Agency of Adjara, Municipality of Batumi, Batumi State University, Caucasus Social Marketing Association, and Georgian Youth Development and Education Association - organized a series of events to celebrate the International Youth Day in Batumi, Georgia.
Students and youth took part in sports and cultural activities organized on Batumi Boulevard. Each planned event corresponded to the priorities topics: Youth for poverty reduction, HIV/AIDS prevention and healthy lifestyle, gender equality and peace.
The students and groups of young activists organized the posters exhibit on domestic violence, the painting contest, the biking marathon, three flash-mobs, the beach football competition, safe behaviour, anti-tobacco, alcohol and drugs campaigns, etc. Peer-educators distributed thematic brochures and fliers amongst the holidaymakers and locals in the streets of Batumi throughout the day. Besides the street events, the students held an information session on employments and professional growth at the Employment Agency of Ajara. At the end of International Youth Day the winners of the contests were awarded by Ms. Tamar Khomasuridze, UNFPA/Georgia Assistant Representative and the Vice Mayor of Batumi with the prizes. The culmination of International Youth Day was celebrated by blowing up candle balloons symbolizing remembrance of the victims of wars and youth willingness to build peace. Read in Georgian: New Georgia Watch in Georgian: Ajara TV and My Video
Khaama Press on 12 August and Pajhwok Afghan News on 11 August reported that the Ministry of Public Health, with financial and technical support from UNFPA and its implementing partner, Afghan Family Guidance Association (AFGA), established a phone line to provide youth friendly health information including reproductive health, counseling, and referrals to appropriate services or resources.
The Daily News and the UB Post published on 12 August UNFPA Executive Director's statement on International Youth Day.