VAI – Quebrando o Silêncio!

Hoje rolou no SESC Belenzinho a última apresentação do Espetáculo “Vai” (adaptação do romance Push de Sapphire – q mais tarde virou o filme Preciosa) produzido pela Companhia MC Theater da Holanda para os alunos da Escola Estadual Professor Loureiro Junior, na Zona Leste de São Paulo.

Realmente hoje foi um dia especial! Alguma coisa mágica estava no ar, e a reação da platéia nessa peça que é super participativa foi indescritível. Saí do teatro com a certeza de que a arte tem um papel incrível de transformar a vida das pessoas.

Sem dúvida, eu saio deste projeto transformado!

Não apenas pelo espetáculo incrível, mas também pela semana de oficinas na escola que antecederam o espetáculo, justamente pra preparar os alunos para o espetáculo.

Mas se você ainda não viu, não se preocupe! Ainda dá tempo de assistir as duas ultimas apresentações dessa montagem que serão aberta ao público!

Vale conferir: http://www.sescsp.org.br/sesc/programa_new/mostra_detalhe.cfm?programacao_id=230933

VAI (HOL)SESC Belenzinho
Dia 3/11, sábado, às 17h. Dia 04/11, domingo, às 15h.
Peça baseada no premiado romance homônimo (“Push”, em inglês), da poeta de hip-hop Sapphire. Conta a história de Preciosa, uma adolescente analfabeta e vítima de abuso e maus tratos. Depois de ficar grávida do próprio pai pela segunda vez, se vê obrigada a deixar a escola. Preciosa muda para uma escola alternativa onde, com a ajuda de uma professora dedicada, aprende a ler e escrever. Conforme é alfabetizada, passa a assumir as rédeas da própria vida, e descobre o poder das palavras, desenvolve novos laços afetivos, e melhora sua auto-estima. Vai trata da questão da autonomia na adolescência por meio do exercício da escrira, e traz questões como analfabetismo, mães adolescentes e incesto para o centro da cena e reflexão do público. Parte de um projeto educacional mais amplo, já passou por outros países e inspirou documentário realizado pela cineasta Nina Jurna. Com MC Theater Holanda). Adaptação teatral Mariëlle van Sauers. Direção de Marjorie Boston. Elenco: Mariëlle van Sauers, Marjorie Boston, Jennifer Sint Jago. Projeto educativo de Johan van Aalst. Sala de Espetáculos I. Duração: 1h de espetáculo, seguido de 1h de debate aberto ao público.Não recomendado para menores de 14 anos.

R$ 8,00 [inteira]
R$ 4,00 [usuário matriculado no Sesc e dependentes, aposentado, pessoa com mais de 60 anos, pessoa com deficiência, estudante e professor da rede pública com comprovante]
R$ 2,00 [trabalhador do comércio de bens, serviços e turismo matriculado no Sesc e dependentes]

Orgulho imenso de fazer parte deste projeto.. and bedanken for the entire MC Theater crew.. you guys are inspiring and amazing!

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Genero & Mudanças Climáticas – Debate em Brasília

Galera que está ou estará em Brasilia semana que vem!!!
Queria aproveitar e convidar a todos para uma super atividade da Change Mob (www.change-mob.org) e Griô Produções que vai rolar em Brasília.

 

Mudanças climáticas são uma questão de gênero?

Filme Weathering Change, da ONG Population Action International, mostra como as mudanças climáticas afetam homens e mulheres de forma diferente. Projeção do filme para representantes políticos, em Brasília, será seguida de debate.
“A vida de uma mulher é difícil, e as mudanças climáticas estão tornando-a ainda mais difícil”, diz Aregash Ayele, 32 anos e seis filhos, moradora de uma comunidade rural na Etiópia. Por conta das mudanças no padrão das chuvas, as plantações estão enfraquecidas, e os homens precisam migrar para outros locais em busca de sustento. O peso de cuidar da plantação, da casa e das crianças recai sobre mulheres como Aregash.
Esses são alguns dos efeitos que o aquecimento global causa na vida de muitas famílias. As alterações no clima já são sentidas em diversas partes do globo, e não afetam as pessoas da mesma forma, principalmente em países em desenvolvimento, como a Etiópia e o Brasil.
Para mostrar o papel que tem o gênero nesse cenário, a ONG Population Action International (P.A.I.) lança o filme Weathering Change, que trata dos efeitos das mudanças climáticas nas famílias e de como o planejamento familiar, a educação das crianças e a agricultura sustentável ajudam as comunidades, em especial as mulheres, a se adaptarem às mudanças. Com a população mundial beirando 7 bilhões de pessoas, é preciso aumentar o acesso à contracepção e dar recursos para que homens e mulheres consigam lidar com o que vem por aí. O filme conta a história de quatro mulheres de diferentes países e de como as mudanças no clima estão afetando suas rotinas.
O filme Weathering Change será exibido em Brasília em uma sessão especial para os representantes políticos, no dia 22/05/2012, às 17h30, no Plenário 3 do Anexo II da Câmara dos Deputados. Após o filme, que dura cerca de 14 minutos, haverá um debate entre políticos e especialistas. O filme e o debate são uma preparação para a conferência Rio+20. Haverá posteriormente exibições públicas em São Paulo e no Rio de Janeiro. Mais informações podem ser acessadas no site http://www.generoemudancasclimaticas.org
O filme Weathering Change será exibido em Brasília, em uma sessão especial para os representantes políticos; em São Paulo, em uma sessão para jornalistas e blogueiros; e no Rio de Janeiro, em uma sessão para ativistas e empreendedores sociais. Após o filme, que dura cerca de 14 minutos, haverá debates entre os participantes e os especialistas. O filme e o debate são uma preparação para a conferência Rio+20. Haverá posteriormente exibições públicas em São Paulo e no Rio de Janeiro.
Para maiores informações visite o site do projeto: http://www.generoemudancasclimaticas.org/

Miss Representation!

Miss Representation explores women’s under-representation in positions of power and influence and challenges the limited and often disparaging portrayals of women in media.

The film Miss Representation exposes how American youth are being sold the concept that women and girls’ value lies in their youth, beauty and sexuality. It’s time to break that cycle of mistruths.

In response we created MissRepresentation.org, a call-to-action campaign that seeks to empower women and girls to challenge limiting media labels in order to realize their potential.

We are uniting individuals around a common, meaningful goal to spark millions of small actions that ultimately lead to a cross-generational movement to eradicate gender stereotypes and create lasting cultural and sociological change.

Find a screening: missrepresentation.org
Join the movement: facebook.com/missrepresentationcampaign
Spread the word: twitter.com/representpledge

World Aids Day and the things we don’t want to talk about!

Today is World Aids Day!

And for that, I want to raise another face of the HIV/AIDs prevention work that most times people don’t really want to talk about!

Check this awesome video made by the Youth Rise network! (http://www.youthrise.org/)

 

Unleashing the Power of Women and Girls

In late October 2011, world population will reach 7 billion people. It is critical that we unleash the power of women and girls to alleviate poverty and accelerate progress on all of our global development goals.

When women are healthy and educated and can participate fully in society, they trigger progress for themselves as well as for their families, communities and countries. Help us raise the profile of women and girls, unleashing their potential and empowering them to be engines of change.

Tomorrow, UNFPA and partners will be hosting a discussion on this matter, and you can be part of it!

Tuesday, September 13, 2011
3:00-5:00 p.m. EDT

Speakers:

Lois Quam, Executive Director, Global Health Initiative, U.S. Department of State

Donald Steinberg, Deputy Administrator, U.S. Agency for International Development

Dr. Babatunde Osotimehin, Executive Director, UNFPA, the United Nations Population Fund

A panel of youth advocates including: Phil Hay (moderator), Human Development Network, World Bank; Monique Coleman, Actress, High School Musical, and United Nations Youth Champion; Ronan Farrow, Special Advisor to the Secretary of State for Global Youth Issues, U.S. Department of State; Alexandra Garita, Program Officer, International Policy, International Women’s Health Coalition; Natalie Imbruglia, Singer, Actress and Ambassador, Virgin Unite; Kakenya Ntaiya, President and Founder, The Kakenya Center for Excellence

A special letter from Ashley Judd, Actress, Humanitarian and PSI Global Ambassador

This event will be live-streamed and posted afterwards at http://www.7billionactions.org.

Follow on Twitter at @7BillionActions and discuss the event using #7billion.

Or even share your story on the 7 Billion Actions Facebook Wall.

 

 

Getting Gender and Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights in the Agenda! (DPI in Bonn)

Gender and Sexual Reproductive Rights and Health are definitely in the agenda here at the DPI. I’m at the side-event: “Giving a Voice to Grassroots People – The Fulda-Mosocho Project in Kenya” that is working to prevent Female Genital Mutilation and by preventing FGM is connecting the dots between protecting the planet and giving people the change for a better life.

(You can find more information about the experiences in Fulda-Mosocho Project – www.fulda-mosocho-project.com)

And for those who would like to learn more about the topic, they just shared a UNICEF report called: “The Dynamics of Social Change – Towards abandonment of female genital mutilation/cutting in five African countries.” you can download it at the link: http://www.unicef.at/fileadmin/medien/pdf/fgm_insight_eng.pdf

But if you are still not clear about why sexual and reproductive health and rights are imperative to ensure a real sustainable development, check this article with a very clear economic argument also shared in the session! http://www.weibliche-genitalverstuemmelung-ueberwinden.com/Dateien/Release-Konsens-2007.pdf

We are in this together!

I just landed in Bonn, for the 64th Annual United Nations Conference for Non-Governmental Organizations associated with the Department of Public Information, on the theme“Sustainable Societies; Responsive Citizens”.

I´m here to work as a rapporteur for UNFPA particularly trying to advocate for a greater youth participation as well as exploring the linkages with the ICPD mandate. I´m very excited about the next couple of days.

And since the conference works start only tomorrow.. I wanted to share this great article written by my friend Dominic Stucker together with Lisa Marika Jokivirta, that is super worth readying as well as very useful in our advocacy efforts!!!

We’re In This Together (http://www.interaction.org/md/sample-article-power-of-prevention)

Issue Date:

August, 2011

Edition:

29

Caption:

We’re In This Together

Five reasons why young people are needed to solve the climate crisis.

By Lisa Marika Jokivirta, Doctoral Candidate, Finnish National Graduate School of Environmental Social Sciences, and DominicStucker, Coordinator, Sustainability Leaders Network

We were recently blown away by a young woman from Siberia who singlehandedly took on a group of white-haired experts on climate change. The group of scientists were lauding the use of GPS in monitoring land use change when this young woman politely raised her hand.

“But what use is the GPS to poorer rural communities? The reindeer herders of my native Sahka Republic already know their land. Why develop a dependency on yet another piece of technology, when it seems to me that there are more important development issues at hand?”

Silence around the table; one of those silences that speaks louder than words. Suddenly, this twenty-something year-old defies all the connotations that might come with her “youth” status. She is not apathetic, inexperienced or naïve. She has seen the direct impacts of climate change on her homeland and knows the finger has been pointed in the wrong direction for too long. She doesn’t belong to the almighty “old boys club,” but that is precisely her greatest asset. She also isn’t scared to take them on.

And this young woman from Siberia is not alone. She is part of a larger, global body of young people—students, graduates, researchers, educators and environmental activists between 18-25 years old—who are taking on the world.

Some are even younger. At 15, Mohamad Axam Maumoon of the Malidives was selected from among participants in the Children’s Climate Forum, organized by UNICEF and the City of Copenhagen to participate in the 2009 UN climate change negotiations. In this role, Axam was interviewed by radio host Amy Goodman of “Democracy Now!” Concerning the impacts of climate change on vulnerable countries, cultures and peoples, he pointedly asked listeners and negotiators: “On the basis that you know what you are doing is wrong, and you can see that the victim is begging for mercy … would you commit murder?” Reminiscent of then 12-year-old Severn Cullis-Suzuki’s impactful speech at the 1992 Rio Earth Summit, Axam represents the first of “all generations to come” that she invoked.

If you think we should include young people for tokenistic purposes, think again. There is an unprecedented need to engage them and collaborate across generations for effective climate action. Here are five reasons why.

The numbers speak for themselves. There are more than 1.2 billion people under the age of 25. If they all formed a country, they would be the second largest one in the world. For those who ask why we should take on board their needs, experiences and views, we instead ask: How could we not? There is great power in numbers; and it will be necessary and beneficial to include young people in the mobilization efforts for effective climate change mitigation and adaptation. This is particularly true in the Global South. Almost 90 percent of the world’s young people live in poor countries, those least responsible for and most adversely impacted by climate change. The educational attainment of young people, their decisions about lifestyles, sexual behavior and childbearing, and the transmission of ecological values, knowledge and practices have profound effects on their own lives and on generations to come.

The green economy is largely in young people’s wallets. Young men and women constitute close to one-fifth of the world’s population and their combined purchasing power translates into significant market control. Youth in the U.S. spend or influence the spending of an estimated $300 billion per year, or one-third of all consumer expenses. It would be a mistake not to include young people in the design and implementation of sustainable lifestyles campaigns and awareness raising efforts. Beyond consumption, young people need to be encouraged to take up green jobs. This can simultaneously address unemployment and disenfranchisement among the large youth demographic, and turn linear production systems into sustainable cycles. The UN Environment Program estimates the global market for environmental products and services will double by 2020.

Science alone hasn’t been the solution. Young people and future generations have the most at stake in the climate policy debate. Until now, science-based arguments alone have not produced strong policies. Widespread appeal from young people could make policy-makers reframe their interests in the spirit of intergenerational responsibility and respond with more meaningful climate action. Data coupled with narrative—science with story—may help inspire sound climate policy. Youth represent and can articulate that story, a story that bridges into a future that many current policy-makers will never experience. In so doing, young professionals should not remain outside of decision-making processes but get involved in environmental governance.

Young professionals are a largely untapped resource. Globally, there is a largely untapped resource base of young professionals—highly educated students, educators, and environmental and social activists who want to get more involved. At Earth Charter International, the Costa Rica-based sustainability NGO where we both previously worked, the volunteer-based youth program quickly became the most active arm of the organization. Young people from around the world took initiative to translate policy documents, organize climate rallies, launch tree-planting programs and inspire other volunteers to act both online and on the ground—a diverse range of climate change action at multiple levels of impact. We see similar enthusiasm and talent among young professionals in the International Union for Conservation of Nature’s Commission on Education and Communication, where we volunteer as members of the Young Professionals Leadership Team.

They still think outside the box. Perhaps the greatest power of young people is their tendency towards creativity, innovative thinking and not simply accepting older ideas. Like adults, not all young people are destined or even interested in becoming sustainability leaders. But today’s youth are perhaps the most technologically savvy, socially connected group in history; and their power to envision a sustainable world, identify high leverage strategies, mobilize individuals and affect positive change should not be underestimated. The point is not to train young people to work within the system. The challenge is to open up new spaces for them to share their unique perspectives and transform the systems they have inherited.

According to Albert Einstein, “No problem can be solved by the same level of thinking that created it.” Perhaps this can be extended to question why the “old boys club” that is largely responsible for our present socio-environmental crises remains the dominant voice at the climate policy table. Opportunity lies in cultivating young people’s abilities to engage in systems thinking and analysis, coupled with visioning new ways of being and doing that bring balance to our relationships with one another and our environment. We must give each other permission to be creative and experiment, make mistakes and learn our way together into a sustainable future.

The good news is many organizations, corporations and governments are waking up to the potential of young people to contribute to climate action. Much work, however, remains. The rights and decision-making capacities of young people remain largely unrecognized and they are often denied participation in (particularly higher-level) governance processes where their unique perspectives and innovative ideas could help shape more effective policies.

This is a defining moment, a defining opportunity. We encourage you to ask yourself what your organization is doing to engage young people in climate change action. What opportunities might exist for increasing youth engagement and intergenerational partnership?

The authors can be contacted at lisa.jokivirta@gmail.com and dominic.stucker@gmail.com. More information on the IUCN’s related work is available at http://intergenerationalpartnership.wikispaces.com


I have sex! And I have the right to be safe!

I have sex! is a campaign started in the USA to protest the huge budgetary cuts which obviously will affect the work Planned Parenthood is doing there.

Unfortunately, Planned Parenthood is not alone.. it seems that more and more governments are choosing to close their eyes for the fact that young people in their countries are having sex, and they have the right to have appropriate information, and access to services in order to do it safely.

Beliefs apart, governments can no longer ignore the evidences!

16 million girls aged 15 to 19 give birth every year!  They are not necessarily prepared to raise a child, but the challenges of teenage pregnancy get even more problematic in developing countries, complications during pregnancy or childbirth are the leading cause of death for girls aged 15-19 in the global south.

Young people aged between 15 to 24 years old also account for 40% of all new HIV infections among adults worldwide in 2008.  Which means that globally, we have currently more than 5.7 million young people living with HIV/AIDS. And exactly because of lack of access to protetion and education, every day, 2500 more young people get infected with the disease.

In order to tackle this emergent issue, and fully recognize young people’s sexual and reproductive rights we must achieve universal access to safe and youth-friendly sexual and reproductive health care services, which includes access to evidence-based comprehensive sexuality education, in formal and non-formal settings.

According to a United Nations study, sexuality education is far more cost-effective when it’s mandatory and integrated in the formal educational systems.

The UN Education, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) launched the this six-country study at the meeting of the Inter-Agency Task Team (IATT) on Education of the Joint UN Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS). The study shows that the cost per learner in well established programmes in countries like Nigeria and the Netherlands are significantly cheaper if compared to small pilot programmes in Kenya and Indonesia.

Mark Richmond, UNESCO’s Global Coordinator for HIV and AIDS celebrates that now we have the  data and analysis to make a stronger and better informed case for investing in school-based sexuality education programmes!!! He added that this landmark study gives an economic basis to our belief in sexuality education as a key platform for HIV prevention amongst children and young people in the years to come. And this will be a very powerful tool in our advocacy efforts!

But we still have a looooooonnnng way to go!

More and more we are getting creative in strategies to raise awareness among young people, education can be interactive and fun…

And every place has it’s on style:

no judging!

But there are plenty of good examples online, like this Portuguese TV add, for the HIV Prevention Campaign led by the Health Comissionary in Portugal.

The text of 5 reasons to not wear a condom add in English below:

“a condom – spoils the moment
a condom – takes away the pleasure
a condom – is unconfortable
a condom – is hard to put on
a condom – reduces sensibility

Think twice – Go for adventure – Use a condom”

We just need to facilitate so these kind of information can reach the people who need it!

It’s time for people to loose the fear of talking and about sex and sexuality, specially in formal institutions…

In the very end, things are happening, times have changed, and we need to change and adapt to it!

My friends have sex! I have sex! And we all plan on having much more!

It’s our right to have our sexual and reproductive health respected!

Check out http://www.youact.org/news-article.php?show=m&id=32 for the Joint Youth Statement on the Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights of Young People, created for the UN International Year of Youth, by YouAct, Y-PEER and other partners.