Building skills of young leaders to prevent violence against women and girls
Date: Thursday, May 7, 2015
Bangkok, Thailand – Young activists from 13 countries in Asia and the Pacific met in Bangkok from 5th to 7th of May 2015 to attend a regional training of trainers (ToT) on prevention of violence against women and girls.
The session was organized by UN Women Asia and the Pacific with support from the Government of Denmark with the aim to build the skills of youth advocates to engage in peer education to prevent violence against women and girls.
“Violence against women takes place in all countries, and at all levels and working with young people is essential if we want to put an end to it” said H. E. Mikael Hemniti Winther, Danish Ambassador to Thailand who honoured the occasion with his opening remarks.
The training focused on the use of the youth-friendly toolkit “The Change-Makers: A Young Activist’s Toolkit for Ending Violence against Women and Girls” developed by UN Women Asia and the Pacific. It was produced under the United Nations Secretary-General’s UNiTE to End Violence against Women campaign, with support from the UNiTE Youth Network.
“Young people need safe spaces where they can gain new knowledge and share their experiences with each other. They have the power to become the first generation for whom violence against women is unacceptable” said Anna-Karin Jatfors, UN Women’s Regional Programme Manager for Ending Violence against Women.
The three-day event enhanced the facilitation skills of this group of young peer educators as well as increased the commitment and awareness in relation to the toolkit. The participants, in turn, will become facilitators for the implementation of the toolkit in their respective countries.
The toolkit and its implementation are a core pilot component of the regional programme to end violence against women, generously supported by the Danish Innovation Facility, which uses innovative strategies to engage young people including through the use of sports, peer education and social media.
For more information please contact:Alejandro Hita
Advocacy Officer, Ending Violence against Women
UN Women Asia and the Pacific
Tel: +66 2 288 2387
About UNiTELaunched in 2008, the United Nations Secretary-General’s UNiTE to End Violence against Women campaign aims to raise public awareness and increase political will and resources for preventing and ending all forms of violence against women and girls in all parts of the world.