Young people who are suffering from any form of violence or abuse either at home or the workplace now have a voice to speak up for them.
Youth Lead PNG is a subsidiary Youth Lead Asia and the Pacific Network of Young Key Population. Their vision is to create an inclusive country where human rights of Young Key Populations (YKP) affected are respected and the impact of HIV/AIDS is lessened through meaningful involvement of YKP to equal access to services.
“Youth Lead PNG will be the voice of the voiceless young key population who are being marginalized, suppressed and discriminated. It is a youth led organisation of people between the ages of 14-24 that advocate for human rights, sexual reproductive Health and Rights, HIV/AIDS and other issues affecting young people in PNG.”
“Growing up in Nipa, Southern Highlands, I have seen and witnessed young people being victimized, harassed, discriminated and abused by parents, family and relatives.”
This is from the Interim Country Coordinator, Mr Gilson Rex Olgemo.
He added that plans are being drawn up for the roll out of their nationwide Awareness Campaign on Discrimination against young key population. There will also be other programs and workshops that will target youths who are adamant to be agents of change.
“My message to young people out there is that we must all stand together to make Papua New Guinea a better place for everyone. We must stop despising, harassing, discriminating and abusing other people who are being affected by sickness, sexual orientation and other societal disorientation. We must respect the rights to live freely just like everyone.”