On it's 4th camp now, Youth and Students Advancing Gender Equality (YSAGE) NCR - Philippines has produced leaders for a better community as the organization aims to open young minds and deconstruct social structures of the current world.
YSAGE Philippines is an arm of Coalition against Trafficking in Women – Asia Pacific (CATW-AP) which aims in promoting women's human rights and fighting sexual exploitation through gender orientation, awareness and education.
Here's an excerpt from the organizations orientation paper:
Our lives were changed since then, and most of us organized “echo camps” which produced even more gender advocates, and they, too are with us. Having established chapters of the Youth and Students for the Advancement of Gender Equality (YSAGE) in the cities/ municipalities/ provinces of Cotabato, Puerto Princesa, Negros Occidental, Davao City, Metro Manila, we have sustained the objectives of CATW-AP in organizing the camps and intend to reach more youth and students who will pursue the vision of a world free from sexual exploitation, especially trafficking and prostitution, where there is equality between women and men. We also envision a world free from social, economic and political inequalities.
YSAGE also shares CATW-AP’s vision for a world where women can claim their dignity and integrity, exercise their rights as human beings, and work with other persons towards their full humanity and empowerment.
Now, we have also have presence in Tawi-tawi, Sulu, Zamboanga City, Cagayan de Oro, Negros Oriental, Cebu, Bohol, Leyte, Camarines Sur, Occidental Mindoro, Oriental Mindoro, Quezon, Laguna, Batangas, Nueva Ecija, Ilocos Sur and the Cordillera Administrative Region.We have come face-to-face with various faces of violence against women and children, some of us having been victims ourselves, and we believe that we should bond together and work towards its elimination.
Our membership also consists of young men who seek to redefine masculinity, knowing that at the root of women’s sexual exploitation is the traditional idea of manhood which assumes privilege and superiority over women. We wish to pursue a new idea of masculinity which opposes the use and abuse of women, children, the environment. We want to challenge other men to stop buying and using women, to desist from accumulating sexual privileges and power over others.
Among us are youths from indigenous and Moro peoples. Most of us are from the grassroots and the marginalized. YSAGE, as such, is duty-bound to oppose militarism, fight the roots of poverty and racial inequality, ethnic and all forms of discrimination which are also causes of exploitation.
We believe that homophobia is another form of violence. We are in solidarity with gays and lesbians, who are denied of their human rights to work, dignity, and others.We believe in a concept of power that is nurtured within, shared and enhanced towards the empowerment of women, especially sexual violence victims, our communities and peoples, which is key to the eradication of trafficking and sexual exploitation.
YSAGE NCR is now looking for deserving students and youth leaders who will undergo a 2 day training camp on Gender Issues, Sexuality and Prostitution! Camp will commence at a private resort in Silang Cavite from May 30 - June 1, 2014. For interested applicants you may contact Clydie Pasia at 0917-525-0388 or email your inquiries at ysage.pilipinas(at)gmail(dot)com or FB like page https://www.facebook.com/YouthAndStudentsAdvancingGenderEqualityYsage.
So what are you waiting for? Get out of the BOX and start living your life to the fullest!
Here's the updated application form's for the camp:
Female Applicants - https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1Fw5gREqNItrfcMnMT9GfPSkBQT8hovu_nCXz1iTAnDY/viewform
Male Applicants - https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1vqNsxLsbjpPAQHZEjKi5mWX3YTy965R3K2UHEGFneGI/viewform
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