The Youth Partnership Platform (YPP) was launched by Social Awareness Service Organisation (SASO) in Imphal, Manipur, on 18 January 2012, under the European Commission-funded Action Project, a collaboration with India HIV/AIDS Alliance. The YPP is a youth-led state-level platform for equal exchange, dialogue and information sharing between young people and decision makers to jointly achieve policy change.
Speaking at the launch, Y. Shashi Kumar Singh, General Secretary of SASO, noted that young people can be vulnerable to HIV as they often lack accurate information on safe sex. He went on to say that girls can often be more vulnerable as they cannot easily discuss SRHR issues.
YPP will build on advocacy successes that young people have already achieved under the Action Project, including the establishment of youth-friendly services and providing increased SRHR support to young key populations, among them sex workers, MSM and IDUs. The YPP membership is made up of young people and other stakeholders such as government representatives, academics, members of the media and NGOs working in youth development, human rights, SRHR and HIV.
At the launch event, Bijiya and Jadumani, peer leaders from the Action Project, made a presentation on their past experiences. They said that after joining the project they gained the confidence and courage to talk about SRHR issues with their peers and family members. They have also encouraged many of their friends and classmates to join youth groups.
James Robertson, Country Director, India HIV/AIDS Alliance, observed, “Young people - particularly young key populations such as MSM, IDUs and sex workers - are distinctly vulnerable to HIV. This platform supports these youth and other stakeholders to take constructive measures to address the SRHR needs of all young people in Manipur, and by doing so, reduce their vulnerability to HIV and improve their lives.”
This platform supports youths to reduce their vulnerability to HIV and improve their lives