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ST. GEORGES, 27 November, 2014—Partners from civil society, government and the United Nations met over the last two days in St. Georges, Grenada to collaborate on an initiative that would support youth advocacy on sexual and reproductive health and rights issues affecting young people. The effort was coordinated by the Joint United Nations Programme on HIV and AIDS (UNAIDS) with support from the Grenada Ministry of Health and Social Security, the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) and the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO).
A coalition of civil society organisations focused on youth issues in Grenada was formalised during the meeting and will serve as a model for organising youth advocacy in the rest of the Eastern Caribbean. Participants from Antigua and Barbuda, Barbados, Dominica, Grenada, St. Kitts and Nevis, St. Lucia and St. Vincent and the Grenadines reviewed progress and challenges, before exploring new strategies to engage youth in national responses to the challenges they face surrounding sex, health and safety.
More than half of Grenadian poll respondents thought people should not be treated differently on the basis of their sexual orientation (58%) and that violence against homosexuals is a form of discrimination (56%). UNAIDS’ online study of men who have sex with men in the region, CARIMIS, revealed that more than three in four respondents from the OECS had experienced visual intimidation and verbal abuse while more than one in ten had been physically assaulted.
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