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Youth Employment Forum discusses HIV and AIDS

On 23-25 May 2012, the ILO Geneva will host a Global Youth Employment Forum to address the challenges young people face in the labour market. The ILO Programme on HIV/AIDS and the world of work (ILO/AIDS) will organize two market place sessions in the Youth Employment Forum: 1) Youth employment strategies: Listen to 5 million young voices living with HIV, 24 May 2012, 11:35-11:55, circle 5, Espace Gobelins, R2 South, ILO. 2) HIV and AIDS: What do you need to know as a young person? 24 May 2012, 12.05-12.25, circle 5, Espace Gobelins, R2 South, ILO.

Type: Panel discussion
When: 23 - 25 May 2012
Where: Geneva, Switzerland
Contact(s): youth@ilo.org

The Forum will gather around hundred young men and women from across the world involved in the promotion of decent work for youth. Participants will share their experiences and views on the current employment situation and discuss practical examples of successful initiatives which have led to the promotion of decent work for youth.

The ILO Programme on HIV/AIDS and the world of work (ILO/AIDS) will organize two market place sessions in the Youth Employment Forum:

1. Youth employment strategies: Listen to 5 million young voices living with HIV

24 May 2012, 11:35-11:55, circle 5, Espace Gobelins, R2 South, ILO

“I almost got my dream job of being a flight attendant, but after they found out that I am HIV positive, I lost the opportunity. My dreams got shattered. Finding a job for a young person like me, who is living with HIV, is so difficult.” - Mohamad Arief, Indonesian, 22 years old.
Arief is one of 5 million young people living with HIV today.

Objective: To highlight the need of including young people living with HIV in youth employment strategies and plans.

Methodology: The session will provide an opportunity for participants to interact with a young worker living with HIV, and appreciate the perspectives of the ILO Programme on HIV/AIDS and the World of Work (ILO/AIDS), the Joint UN Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS) and the International Trade Union Confederation (ITUC). The session will highlight the obstacles young people living with HIV face in finding jobs and continuing employment.

UNAIDS interactive web platform CrowdOutAIDS (www.crowdoutaids.org) will be used as a case study to show how youth participation can be used in policy development. Participants will also be informed about discussions on HIV and youth unemployment emanating from the portal.

Language: English

Speakers: Mr. Yahir Zavaleta (Espolea, HIV programme of Youth for Youth Organization, Mexico)
Ms. Mikaela Hildebrand (UNAIDS, Geneva)
Ms. Rhoda Boateng (ITUC, Africa)

Moderators: Mr. Afsar Syed Mohammad and Ms. Julia Fäldt (ILO/AIDS, Geneva)

2. HIV and AIDS: What do you need to know as a young person?

24 May 2012, 12.05-12.25, circle 5, Espace Gobelins, R2 South, ILO

Objective: To make young women and men aware about the basic facts on HIV and AIDS and discuss their role in promoting HIV prevention and getting to zero HIV stigma and discrimination in the workplace.

Methodology: The session will provide basic knowledge on HIV and AIDS in an interactive manner, following a quiz format. The questions will facilitate a discussion about the role of young people’s in getting to zero new HIV infections, zero discrimination and zero AIDS-related deaths, especially in the context of the workplace and the promotion of young employment.

Language: English

Facilitator: Mr. Xavier Orellana (UNAIDS)

Moderator: Mr. Afsar Syed Mohammad (ILO/AIDS)

For more information please see: Youth Employment Forum

Tags: HIV/AIDS

Regions and countries covered: Global

Unit responsible: Employment Policy Department (EMPLOYMENT)

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