Dhaka, Sept 11 (UNB) – The Asian Pacific Resource and Research Centre for Women, or Arrow, a regional NGO with a feminist focus, is hosting this year’s Asia Regional Youth Festival under the theme ‘Building the Next Generation Movement for Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)’ from Wednesday in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
With the vision towards empowering young people in Asia to hold governments accountable to international human rights commitments, the festival is scheduled to be joined by youth advocates and activists from eight countries, including four participants from Bangladesh.
The other participants are from India, Indonesia, Nepal, Pakistan, Philippines, Malaysia, and Myanmar.
The three-day festival from September 11-September 13 is scheduled to be officially inaugurated by Malaysian Deputy Minister of Women Hannah Yeoh Tseow Suan on the second of those three days, that is Thursday, September 12. Malayasian Deputy Minister of Education Teo Nie Ching, and Sivananthi Thanenthiran, Executive Director of Arrow.
Initiated by Kuala Lumpur-based Arrow, which has consultative status with the Economic and Social Council (UN Ecosoc) of the United Nations, the festival will have trainings, workshops, group discussions and leadership training. It will also provide creative spaces for young people to express their ideas on SRHR (sexual and reproductive health and rights) through art exhibitions, poetry slams and music.