Make Your Voice Count

BECAUSE WE
LOVE WHAT WE DO

The spirit of participation and sharing of information, resources, experiences and technical assistance to the best of members’ abilities underpins YVC as it strives to address the issues of LGBTQ+ youth with integrity, professionalism, and commitment.

PROJECTS

On the Journey is a toolkit designed to help you provide gender and sexuality education to people who work in social services, health, education, and sport. This
toolkit will be especially useful for people who work with, or who care for young people. This toolkit is developed by Boutokaan Inaomataia ao Mauriia Binabinaine Association (BIMBA) and Youth Voices Count. This was funded by the Canada Fund for Local Initiatives (CFLI).

In 2017, under the #Uproot agenda, Youth PACT designed #Uproot report cards on the 2016 Political Declaration on HIV and AIDS to assess how well a country is doing in achieving its commitments on adolescents and young people, included in the 2016 Political Declaration on HIV & AIDS. This has been an ongoing engagement between UNAIDS and Youth Voices Count. The Uproot Report Card has been implemented in seven countries.

Youth Voices Count is committed to supporting LGBTIQ youth-led initiatives in the region. Following the same vision of our IGNITE! Mentorship Programme in 2015, the Youth Empowerment Grants hopes to support youth-led projects working around LGBTIQ+ in countries in the Asia-Pacific Region. The grants will be implemented for a period of 6 months, which will include pre-activity preparations, fund transfers, documentation, and liquidation. This 2020, the IGNITE! Empowerment Grants is supporting 5 youth-led LGBTIQ initiatives from the Philippines, Vietnam, Sri Lanka, India, and Bangladesh. More information here.

PUBLICATIONS

PARTNERS

YVC has established strong and meaningful partnerships with regional community networks, UN agencies, global networks and non-governmental organizations. These are our partners.

SUPPORTED INITIATIVES

See what our partners are up to

Prism is an anonymous online messaging platform designed to uplift members of the LGBTQ+ community by connecting them to supportive listeners to exchange guidance, experience, and advice. We developed this platform over the last two years to address the growing need of the LGBTQ+ community seeking online support. Check out their website at prismchat.com.

Équité Sri Lanka comprises a close-knit team of multi-disciplinary experts experienced in research and advocacy in a range of development and humanitarian specialties. It was formed (unofficially but with a social media presence) in May 2017 and operated by a group of enthusiastic human rights activists in Sri Lanka. Since then, Équité has been forming a strong network with young volunteers who have roots in various regions across the country, with national organizations such as Sri Lanka’s Human Rights Commission and Legal Aid Commission and with a range of LGBTIQ NGOs.

Read as “Yawol”, Ya_All in Manipuri translates to Revolution. They are the first youth-queer-led and focused registered Youth Network in the North East Region of India having 8 states and based in Imphal. All the board, staff, and volunteers are under 35 years of age. Ya_All provides a safe space through their initiative called “Meitram”, the first co-working and networking space run by queer individuals in India. Meitram acts as the Free Resource Hub and supports young and queer persons through free peer counseling, free peer-to-peer training, capacity building, and advocacy to educate, equip, and empower young people and destigmatize the conversations around Sexual & Reproductive health and rights (SRHR), Mental health & well-being, Substance use & Harm Reduction of adolescents, youth and LGBTI+ individuals.

Inclusive Bangladesh is a non-registered local non-profit and voluntary-based community youth organization run from Dhaka, Bangladesh. Its mission is to construct an inclusive culture through ensuring quality education, addressing hate speech and violent extremism, promoting interfaith dialogue and gender diversity with active participation of youths across Bangladesh. Its coherent vision is to promote an egalitarian society where the local youths will be in the leading function to empower each other, become future leaders, ensure human rights, and play an active role in constructing a sustainable, efficient, equitable, and peaceful society.

UniGEN is an LGBTIQ community-based grassroots organization in Ho Chi Minh City. UniGEN’s vision is to promote inclusivity and diversity within and outside Vietnam LGBTIQ community. Since 2015, UniGEN has organized and developed multiple projects to break down stereotypes about the LGBTIQ community, raise visibility, and awareness of minority groups within the LGBTIQ community, promote freedom of love and pride of self. Their values include: Embrace the Diversity – Tolerate & Empathize – Leave no one behind.

MEMBERSHIP TO NETWORKS/
ORGANIZATIONS

Youth Voices Count holds organizational membership to the following organizations and contributes to their programming and advisory bodies.
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Inter-Agency Task Team on Young Key Populations (YKPs) in Asia and the Pacific

The Asia Pacific Inter-Agency Task Team on Young Key Populations (YKP) was established in 2009 to promote coordinated support from UN agencies and civil society partners to meet the HIV prevention, treatment, care and support needs of YKPs including young men who have sex with men, young transgender people, young people who inject drugs, young people living with HIV, and young people selling sex.

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ILGA - The International Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans, and Intersex Association

ILGA is the world federation of national and local organisations dedicated to achieving equal rights for lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans and intersex (LGBTI) people across the globe. Established in 1978, ILGA enjoys consultative status at the UN Ecosoc Council. It speaks and lobbies in international fora on behalf of more than 1,200 member organisations from 132 countries. ILGA Asia is the Asian Region of ILGA, representing more than 100 member organizations

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CIVICUS

CIVICUS is a global alliance of civil society organisations and activists dedicated to strengthening citizen action and civil society throughout the world. We were established in 1993 and since 2002 have been proudly headquartered in Johannesburg, South Africa, with additional hubs across the globe. We are a membership alliance with more than 9,000 members in more than 175 countries. Our membership is diverse, spanning a wide range of issues, sizes and organisation types.

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The PACT

The PACT unites youth organizations working at the national, regional and global levels to fight for the sexual and reproductive health and rights of all people. We are a coalition of youth-led and youth-serving organizations working within the sexual and reproductive health and HIV movement. We seek to unite young people working in this sector around common goals, working strategically and collaboratively to strengthen the youth HIV movement and ensure the health, well-being and human rights of all young people.