22nd International AIDS Conference
Amsterdam, Netherlands | 23-27 July 2018

The Amsterdam Youth Force represents youth perspectives during the AIDS 2018 conference.

We aim to be the driving force behind an inclusive and meaningful youth programme that will represent young voices from around the world. As part of the Global Village, youth gets to set its own programming which demonstrates the work and struggles of young people worldwide.

Social events
23 July 2018

23 July 2018

Birthing HIV prevention: a midwife’s perspective

Global Village, Session Room 2 | 13:30-15:00

Midwifery has taken an increasingly important role in providing sexual and reproductive health services within communities across the world. Since the rates of transmission between mother and child at delivery are quite high in a lot of countries, it is important to make young people aware of these risks. Important steps have been made in reducing vertical transmission in certain settings and it is vital that these are implemented worldwide.

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23 July 2018

23 July 2018

The lack of political engagement drives HIV underground

Global Village, Session Room 2 | 8:30- 9:00

With the advancement of HIV medication, and with the advancement of new HIV prevention methods, for those that have access to these services, HIV on the face of it seems to be controlled. However, for those not able to access continuous medication, or drugs to prevent infection, the main challenge is the fact that HIV has fallen off the global political agenda.

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23, 24, 25 July 2018

23, 24, 25 July 2018

Sex Worker's Opera - Flashmob!

Global Village | 23 July 13:30, 24 July 13:15, 26 July 13:20

Sex Worker's Opera flashmobs - join us to unexpectedly dance and sing to raise awareness about what sex workers need locally and globally to get human rights, dignity and access to health services without further criminalisation... raise our voices in style! We'll send out short youtube videos with the vocal parts and a few small easy choreography moves a week in advance, and ideas around dress code, no singing or dance experience necessary, just a will to love and learn ❤ Attendence is free and everybody is very welcome!

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23-27 July 2018

23-27 July 2018

Amsterdam Calling

Global Village | 23 July 8:30-27 July 14:00

For a lot of people it is impossible to attend International AIDS Conference. In order to bridge this gap and to break the barrier of a large, expensive conference in a Westernsetting, we bring the highlights and most important developments to youth across the world. By recording interviews with experts and delegates, summarizing the outcomes of sessions, and creating podcast, we ensure that young people do not feel left out!

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24 July 2018

24 July 2018

HeForShe town-hall

Global Village, Session Room 1 | 14:30- 16:00

Despite decades of feminist activism, men still hold the majority of leadership positions worldwide. In 2016 only 22.8% of all parliamentarians globally were women and in the business sector it is hardly any better with only 24% of senior business roles held by women. Gender inequalities are one of the root causes of HIV: Young women are twice as likely to acquire HIV as young men! We should empower male leaders to stand up for women’s rights and follow through!Young women are twice as likely to acquire HIV as young men! We should empower male leaders to stand up for women's rights and follow through!

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Youth Force community

Our mission: We want to structurally de-stigmatise HIV & AIDS and contribute to the prevention of new (co-) infections by empowering youth. We will do this by mobilising young people, strengthening their voices and aim them in the right direction so that the youth’s perspective can’t be ignored. One of the spotlights of the AIDS 2018 Conference is the Eastern European and Central Asia (EECA) region due to the alarming increase of new HIV infections. The Amsterdam Youth Force area will foster a special relationship with this region.

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Call for Art

The Amsterdam Youth Museum is looking for young #artists and #activists who would like to showcase their #art in the International AIDS Conference. You can become a part of the Global Village by sharing your talent with other #youth from around the world.

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Host a Volunteer

We are planing on inviting volunteers to Amsterdam for our activities during the International AIDS Conference and the youth pre-Conference that we are hosting with Y+ Network.Do you live in the area of Amsterdam and have a spare bed? You can help us and have lots of fun along the way! Click the link below for more details.

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Youth Pre-Conference

Sign up now for the #Youth_PreConference organized by the Amsterdam Youth Force and Y+ Network from July 20th until 22nd! What will you get for our special discounted price? A weekend full of interesting #experiences, new #skills, expanded #networks and above all your ticket to be part of the #movement to make the voices of #Youth heard during International AIDS Conference.

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Meet the Youth Force

Steering committee


Iris Weges

Netherlands

Tomás Pico Chang

Venezuela

Mark van den Elshout

Netherlands

Lotte Dijkstra

Netherlands

Evdokia P. Romanova

Russia

Liselotte Zoetmulder (Lilo)

Netherlands


Iris Weges

Iris is a gender & sexuality specialist that hopes to connect people across their differences. She works for equal rights and opportunities for people from different backgrounds, focusing on sexual and reproductive health and rights in particular. Her experience is mostly based in multicultural, international settings, doing qualitative research, project management and/or communication. In all those different roles she always keeps her focus on the specific vulnerabilities of the bodily autonomy of women and girls.

Tomás Pico Chang

Born and raised in Caracas, Venezuela Tomás is a lawyer specialized in International Law and Development Studies. Program Officer for the "HIV and Human Rights" Program of Hivos, in The Netherlands. Tomás provides technical, strategic and administrative support to 16 human rights-based HIV prevention and treatment projects in Latin America, Africa and South East Asia. These projects are implemented in approx. 26 countries through more than 50 local community based organizations. He firmly believes that the HIV response will not meet the global targets set for 2030 if we do not address the underlying drivers of the epidemic - poverty and inequality, harmful gender norms, gender inequality, and all forms of discrimination and criminalization – that limit the basic human rights of Key Populations.

Mark van den Elshout

Mark started his work in Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights (SRHR) in 2012 by organizing Comprehensive Sexuality Education for primary schools. In 2016 this led to him organizing a European student conference on this topic. Currently, Mark works as a medical doctor and sub-investigator for two PrEP studies at the Department of Infectious Diseases of the Amsterdam Public Health Service.

Lotte Dijkstra

At the start of medical school, Lotte joined a sexuality education project for primary schools with IFMSA-NL. After being active in this project and other SRHR-related projects for three years she became the first Dutch Youth Ambassador for SRHR. In this role she gained experience with SRHR, HIV/Aids and meaningful youth participation at national and international level. Currently she is an advocate with CHOICE for Youth and Sexuality, chairs the local chapter of Universities Allied for Essential Medicines and does clinical internships in various hospitals around Amsterdam.

Evdokia P. Romanova

Evdokia is a sexual and reproductive rights activist from Russia, who is focusing on the topic of HIV related stigma in her research and advocacy practices. During her teenage years Evdokia has joined local youth organization that was using theater for the prevention of HIV in the Russian community. This topic has strengthen her interest in the research she has conducted on the topic of HIV stigma (for her BA in Russia) and theater as a mean of empowerment of people living with HIV (participatory action research for her MA in the USA). She was serving as a staff member of the Russian NGO since 2011 in her home city Samara and as an international advocate for sexual and reproductive Rights for the international human rights organization Youth Coalition for Sexual and Reproductive Rights since 2014. Evdokia is specifically interested in the ways creative approaches and art may be used in the practices of activism, advocacy, and community work.

Liselotte Zoetmulder (Lilo)

Liselotte Zoetmulder (Lilo) is the AIDS 2018 Project Manager for the International AIDS Society, one of the organizers of the 22nd International AIDS Conference in Amsterdam in July 2018. Having lived and worked in the Netherlands, US, Mexico, Australia and Switzerland, she has diverse experience in working at the community level with vulnerable and marginalised communities, as well on high-level lobbying and advocacy. With a background in life sciences and political science, Liselotte is particularly passionate about improving the health of key populations (with a core focus on women and girls), and working in partnership with communities to identify and address their own needs.

Edward de Rooy

With a background in law, economics and consulting, Edward is a passionate connector who works hard to connect community (key populations), young scientists, activists and young leadership. With a Liberal Arts and Science Bachelor, a Masters in European Law and a Masters in Law & Economics, Edward is now working on his Bachelors in Dutch Law at the University of Amsterdam. Edward is currently based in Amsterdam.

Anna Devereux

Always known as curious and opinionated, Anna is an advocate for the power of social change. Studying anthropology and politics at Maynooth University in Ireland instilled a deep belief that actors have the capacity to influence society even in minute ways. Anna identifies as a feminist and a sex positive activist. An MSc in Social Policy and Social Interventions led her to Utrecht where she currently resides. Her research interests lie in sex workers rights, discourse analysis and socio-cultural aspects of HIV.

Ubongabasi Obot

Ubongabasi is an Intern with the Amsterdam Youth Force. She is a Lawyer and currently studies for a Master’s in Development Studies (Human Rights, Gender and Conflict Studies, Social Justice Perspective) at the International Institute of Social Studies, The Hague. She has practiced law in Nigeria and has also worked as a volunteer for different NGOs thereby gaining experience in the field of Sexual and Reproductive Health Rights. She is passionate about human rights, sexual and reproductive health rights and works to promote to realise them, especially for young people.

Yashaswini Prasad

Originally from India, Yashaswini Prasad (Yasha) is a lawyer by education. On graduating from law school, she worked in grassroots education in India as a Teach For India Fellow for two years. Her work with the education sector in India sparked off her interest in Development and Governance. She is currently pursuing her Masters in Public Policy as a part of the Mundus MAPP Programme. She aspires to work in the field of policy, creating more inclusive institutions through reform in public infrastructure, education, health and urban development.

Liana Petrosova

Liana is currently doing master in European Public Health in Maastricht, the Netherlands. Her major interest is the problem of access to medicines and universal health coverage particularly in the region of Eastern Europe and Central Asia. She is also part of an international student-led NGO Universities Allied for Essential Medicines (UAEM),where she takes an active role in advocacy work for access to medicines within Dutch government and academia.



Secretariat

 

Edward de Rooy

Netherlands