Tuesday, July 8, 2008

Regional workshop among SAARC member states on “Drug use among young people”

S.O.S participated as a youth representative among the NGO sector from Maldives. In this regional level workshop S.O.S voiced out that youth participation is low among the SAARC region and voiced youth participation is very vital for prosperous future for them.

Meeting on Formulation of UNFPA’s Fourth Country Programme, 2008-2010 S.O.S participated UNFPA' s consulattion meeting on preparation of the fourth country programme.

South Asians for Human Rights is a regional member association working towards gathering information on the state of other member countries, providing ideas, working towards achieving their goals. Its member countries include India, Sri Lanka, Pakistan, Nepal, Bhutan, Afghanistan and Maldives.

This was the first of SAHR regional meetings where Maldives participated and presented a paper. This meeting mainly focused on 3 areas, Deepening democracy, Strengthening Human Rights and Celebrating diversity. The paper presented by Maldives included the outcomes of the meeting held in Male’ in a view to “the right to transparent government” with the help and assistance of required personnel from civil society.

This meeting was a profound inspiration to us since it gave light in to the wealth of experience in empowerment in our neighboring countries and also the people’s empowerment in action in the video’s.

SOS member along with 2 other members from other NGO’s represented Maldives at the meeting. This was from 14th to 16th March 2007 at Lahore, Pakistan.

This was a learning experience. S.O.S took in to note the actions taken towards young offenders. “The proposed Juvenile Justice act emphasizes the wellbeing of the child & ensures that any reaction to child offenders must be in proportion to the circumstances of both the offender & offence. A child under this act means a person who allegedly committed and offence & who at the time of the offence was over the age of 12 & under the age of 18 years.”

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