Global Youth Coalition on HIV/AIDS (GYCA), a program of
is organizing a creative contest for young people (15 to 29 years
all over the world. The contest is focused on youth perspectives of
and AIDS and how this is communicated through creative expression.
August 2010 – August 2011 was designated by the UN General Assembly
the International Year of Youth, a time when issues related to young
people will be highlighted and prioritized, particularly in the
of the Millennium Development Goals. This key event provides an
opportunity to explore themes with youth and capitalize on this
on young people to bring creative youth voices to the forefront.
GYCA wants to take advantage of this opportunity to highlight
related to sexual and reproductive health and rights and how they
relate to adolescents and young people.
Contest participants can choose to express:
Why comprehensive sexuality education is important for HIV
How stigma and discrimination affects young people living with HIV
What sexual and reproductive health and rights mean to you (SRHR)
The creative works will be featured on the GYCA website, and may
used in campaigns and documents during the International Year of
and beyond, always giving credit to the artists. Winners will be
announced on March 1 and a special GYCA newsletter will be
showcasing the top-rated submissions.'