[Reader-list] [Announcements] youth festival

sadan sadan at sarai.net
Fri Nov 28 22:05:24 IST 2003

Youth Festival: AIDS, Sexuality & Reproductive Health Rights

Pratibimb along with various other organizations in Pune are organizing a
youth festival to make young people aware about issues related to AIDS,
sexuality and Reproductive Health Rights. This festival will take place on
1-4 December at J. P Naik Centre, Kothrud, Pune.

This is the 5th year Pratibimb and its network organizations set up a
festival with the purpose to help young people understand different subjects
affecting their lives. Around 1000 youth from all over India, between the
ages of 15-25, are expected to attend this festival. The festival will be
held in five languages, English, Hindi, Kannada, Marathi and Telugu. Youth
belongs to different sections, such as street youth, students and
non-students, tribal and rural youth are going to participate in this

The program will be inaugurated on 1st December, world AIDS Day by Pune
Mayor Deepti Chaudhari. Eminent personalities such as Nandita Das, Anu Aga,
Ila Mehta will be guests on the occasion.

The program will be divided into 3 sections. Panel discussions on Sexuality
is led by well-known personalities such as Dr. Shanak Samak, Dr. Vithal
Prabhu, while Reproductive Health Rights are dwelt by Dr. Seemantini
Pathare and resource persons from MAMTA, Olava.

Group discussion on AIDS are conducted by organists such as NARI, IHMP,
Nari Samata Manch, Prayas, TRPF Belgaum, MAMTA, New Delhi, and also resource
persons of corporate welfare centers such as GlaxoSmithKline and Forbes
Marshall etc.

The highlights of the program will be the cultural program including
debate, street Theatre, groups songs, paintings and choreography, all based on 
the them" AIDS and Sexuality".

The themes for debate: Should sex education made compulsory in schools! Do
love marriages make better families than arranged marriages? Indian parents
do not understand the minds of young people.

The four best teams under each category will be selected and a final
presentation will be held on 4th December.

An exhibition called " Priceless Labor" by Vidya Kulkarni, as well as
issues related to AIDS, will be showing at the venue  Pune. Participants will 
be awarded with certificates in the hand of various dignitaries.

Registration for participation is welcome from colleges, youth
and NGOs. The last day for registration is on 28th November 2003. Those
interested contact Pratibimb:email-pratibimb_g at hotmail.com
Amit kumar

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