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Youth Forum Nepal (YFN) is a non-government, non-profit making social organization established in 2007 by a group of motivated professionals working in the field of social work. YFN aims of enterprising youths that seek to bring positive changes in the society through moral, social, psychological, and intellectual transformations of youths. Youths have potentials and ideas but they lack orientation and we are here to provide them with appropriate materials and tools. YFN works to strengthen bonds between young people and their community.
 
       
   
       
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Our programs are built exclusively for three ways: advocacy, awareness and empower. Advocating the real hidden youth issues through excellent number of youth participation is what Youth Forum Nepal committed to make them aware and empower toward their rights. It will build youths' academic skills while simultaneously deepening their commitment to the values of kindness, helpfulness, personal responsibility, and respect for others.

Making young people aware is a priority of the Youth Forum Nepal Programme. The objective is to encourage young people to reflect on basic youth issues and to involve them in the discussion on the construction and the future of the Nepalese society.

Our programs also stimulate young people to reflect on the essential characteristics of Nepalese society and, above all, encourage them to play an active role in their communities. Our goal requires that young people have the supports, opportunities and services needed to prosper and contribute where they live, learn, work, play and make a difference.
 
     
  In Climate Change  
     
 

Our increasing understanding of climate change is transforming how we view the boundaries and determinants of human health. While our personal health may seem to relate mostly to prudent behaviour, heredity, occupation, local environmental exposures, and health-care access, sustained population health requires the life-supporting "services" of the biosphere. Today, humankind’s activities are altering the world’s climate. We are increasing the atmospheric concentration of energy-trapping gases, thereby amplifying the natural "greenhouse effect" that makes the Earth habitable. These greenhouse gases (GHGs) comprise, principally, carbon dioxide (mostly from fossil fuel combustion and forest burning), plus other heat-trapping gases such as methane (from irrigated agriculture, animal husbandry and oil extraction), nitrous oxide and various human-made halocarbons.

Climate change is becoming a wider problem for globe. Being the wide region of depleting the glacier from Himalayas, Nepal is getting in the danger zone as temperature is getting rapid growth day by day. Climate change is a great project to get young people inspired, informed and switched on to the climate issue. Young people are worried about climate change and how it will affect the world they grow up in. They will have to live with the consequences if we fail to take action. There are many ways that young people can protect the planet like recycling, walking to school and not leaving their computers on standby.

Many people care about global warming, but as young people, we are the next generation and we feel that we have the most at stake. Whilst many individuals and some governments are beginning to take action, experts agree that current efforts are way too feeble to solve the problem. We aim to transform public attitudes to climate change. We are run by young people and hope to engage students of all ages to help us spread our campaign. We provide ideas, resources and information to help students and teachers in schools, colleges and universities to run projects and promote practical solutions to climate change in their own communities. Together, this generation will tackle climate change.

To knowing this ground reality of Climate Change, Youth Forum Nepal has taken initiation to make it a nationwide debate by putting young people by way of their effective participation. Doing for the immediate action, YFN organized a national-level interaction programme on YOUTH & CLIMATE CHANGE: TIME FOR ACTION, commemorating International Youth Day 2008 on August 12, 2008 in Kathmandu.

Likewise, College-wise Competition on Climate Change amongst the students of Kathmandu's various colleges is going to be organized on 25th July 2009. For more details about this event, kindly visit here.

 
     
   
     
  In Peace Building Initiatives  
     
 

Despite the many breakthroughs, Nepal continues to be plagued with shutdowns, blockades, and violent protests, as ethnic groups that have traditionally been excluded from power, such as the Madheshis in the Terai plains, fight for political inclusion in the structure of 'New Nepal'. There is a need for those who have been engaged in adversarial conflict for so long to shift how they interact with their opponents, to reach out across dividing lines, to promote co-existence on a national level and to build lasting peace. There remains, however, the enormous task of addressing the root causes of the conflict, the caste system, discrimination, poverty, lack of health care and education and social exclusion. Youth have been deeply affected, and involved, in the conflict. The peace process has created an opening for youth to reassess their role, and to play a part in peacebuilding, particularly at a local level. Youth have the potential to decrease the erosion of the community cohesion and to organise to address some of the impacts of the conflict in their villages.

Today's youth herald an idealism of peace, democracy and social justice. Anti-violence efforts waged by Nepali youth have contributed to achieve both temporary peaces. Since, peace doesn't mean only the absence of war, they have to work in creating conditions, laws and institutions so that each helps the other in common goals of justice. Non-violent (ahimsa) means rooted into justice are the products of Nepal's history. Social justice means that weak members are no less important than the strong and both help each other in fulfilling the realization of common needs. Nepal's peaceful, stable and prosperous future rests on how Nepalese youth, the dynamic actors of society, assume their common responsibility of building the society torn by a decade-long violence and conflict through drafting an inclusive constitution, strong state and power to the people to achieve their reasonable desires.

Currently, Youth Forum Nepal is organizing Peace & Reconciliation programmes with the help of local peace promoters and youth volunteers at Bara & Mahottari Districts. The proposed programme is aimed at spreading brotherhood, co-existence and cooperation amongst the conflict-affected youth community by way of rapid rural appraisal and interaction programme. This programme is being done with the technical and financial support from Equal Access Nepal.

Likewise, Youth Forum Nepal is organising a workshop on Indo Nepal Strengthening Harmonious Relationship to cambat crossborder terrorism through Peace Building Initiatives at Birgunj on 5th September 2009 at Birgunj. For more details, kindly visit here.

 
     
   
     
  Adolescent sexual and reproductive health and rights including;  
     
 

            • information and education
            • interactive theatre and dance 
            • peer education and youth participation

The YFN programme defines Reproductive Health as:

a state of complete physical, mental and social well-being and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity, in all matters relating to the reproductive system and to its functions and processes.

This implies that people are able to have a satisfying and safe sex life, and that they have the capability to reproduce, and the freedom to decide if, when and how often to do so.

implicit in this last condition are the right of men and women to be informed and to have access to safe, effective, affordable and acceptable methods of family planning of their choice, as well as other methods of their choice for regulation of fertility which are not against the law, and the right of access to appropriate health-care services that will enable women to go safely through pregnancy and childbirth and provide couples with the best chance of having a healthy infant.

In line with the above definition of reproductive health, reproductive health care is defined as the constellation of methods, techniques and services that contribute to reproductive health and well-being by preventing and solving reproductive health problems. It also includes sexual health, the purpose of which is the enhancement of life and personal relations, and not merely counselling and care related to reproduction and sexually transmitted diseases.

Bearing in mind the above definition, reproductive rights embrace certain human rights that are already recognized in national laws, international human rights documents and other consensus documents.

These rights rest on the recognition of the basic right of all couples and individuals to decide freely and responsibly the number, spacing and timing of their children and to have the information and means to do so, and the right to attain the highest standard of sexual and reproductive health.

It also includes their right to make decisions concerning reproduction free of discrimination, coercion and violence, as expressed in human rights documents. In the exercise of this right, they should take into account the needs of their living and future children and their responsibilities towards the community.

The promotion of the responsible exercise of these rights for all people should be the fundamental basis for government- and community-supported policies and programmes in the area of reproductive health, including family planning.

As part of their commitment, full attention should be given to the promotion of mutually respectful and equitable gender relations and particularly to meeting the educational and service needs of adolescents to enable them to deal in a positive and responsible way with their sexuality.

Reproductive health eludes many of the world's people because of such factors as: inadequate levels of knowledge about human sexuality and inappropriate or poor-quality reproductive health information and services; the prevalence of high-risk sexual behaviour; discriminatory social practices; negative attitudes towards women and girls; and the limited power many women and girls have over their sexual and reproductive lives.

Adolescents are particularly vulnerable because of their lack of information and access to relevant services in most countries. Older women and men have distinct reproductive and sexual health issues which are often inadequately addressed.

The implementation of the YFN programme is to be guided by the above comprehensive definition of reproductive health, which includes sexual health.

Source: UNFPA

 
   
     
  Gender Based Violence (GBV)  
     
 

Gender-based violence is violence directed against a person on the basis of gender or sex. While both males and females are subject to gender-based violence, women and girls are the main victims. Gender-based violence can include sexual violence, domestic violence, emotional and psychological abuse, forced prostitution, trafficking for forced labor or prostitution, sexual exploitation, sexual harassment, harmful traditional practices (e.g. female genital mutilation and forced marriage), and discriminatory practices based on gender.

Domestic violence, also called “intimate partner abuse,” “battering,” or “wife-beating,” refers to physical, sexual, psychological, and economic abuse that takes place in the context of an intimate relationship, including marriage. Domestic violence is one of the most common forms of gender-based violence and is often characterized by long-term patterns of abusive behavior and control. Sexual exploitation is any abuse that takes place when a perpetrator exploits a position of vulnerability, differential power, or trust for sexual purposes; this includes profiting monetarily, socially or politically from the sexual exploitation of another.

Nearly one in four women around the world experiences sexual violence during her lifetime, according to the World Health Organization. Up to a third of all women have been physically assaulted by an intimate male partner. Survivors of gender-based violence often underreport their experiences because of social stigma, fears about their safety, and lack of appropriate response from institutions meant to protect them.

Youth Forum Nepal's programs are specially designed to tackle with gender-based violence rooted in Nepali households. For this, proper legal counseling is given to victims to bring perpetrator into justice.

 
     
   
     
   
       
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