Young people

As part of the UNFPA’s mandate to engage youth and mainstream gender equality, UNFPA GCC office has introduced the Youth Peer Education network (Y-PEER) in the GCC region, which is considered one of the CO success stories. The Y-PEER network volunteers are young people from all sectors of society, who help support the community by educating their peers. Their main areas of focus are healthy life style, voluntarism, HIV/AIDS awareness, reproductive health, life skills education and any other youth relevant topics. 

As part of the UNFPA’s mandate to engage youth and mainstream gender equality, UNFPA GCC office has introduced the Youth Peer Education network (Y-PEER) in the GCC region, which is considered one of the CO success stories. The Y-PEER network volunteers are young people from all sectors of society, who help support the community by educating their peers. Their main areas of focus are healthy life style, voluntarism, HIV/AIDS awareness, reproductive health, life skills education and any other youth relevant topics. 

It has been gratifying to witness the substantive progress, at many levels, in attitudes and behaviour relating to population development, Reproductive Health, HIV/AIDs and gender over the past decade in GCC region through the establishment of UNFPA Sub-Regional office.

Well rooted in its current successes, GCC office is looking forward to continue with its efforts in addressing national development goals of GCC governments, while brokering UNFPA vast knowledge and expertise to better inform decision makers of adequate and timely data aiming at population development issues.

UNFPA GCC has been supporting and providing training to Y-PEER Bahrain and Y-PEER Oman Networks on National, Regional and International level to participate and raise awareness on all youth and general public relevant issues including P&D, FP, RH, HIV/AIDS, Breast Cancer, Road Safety, Drug Abuse and Risks, Environment, Gender, Youth Empowerment and other topics. It also provided support for Y Peers to participate in UAE events related to Y-Peer mandate and activities.

The partners, which implement and support the related Y-PEER activities are Ministries of Health in the respective countries, Ministries of Social Development, National Youth Committees, Scouts & Guides, Private Sector, Civil Society Associations (e.g. Oman Association for the Disabled (OAD) and  Oman Women Association, Environment Society of Oman, Clean Up Oman), among others.

In 2007, UNFPA GCC Launched Y-PEER Bahrain website and Y-PEER Bahrain network to build the capacity of the network members there and educate youth on RHR, gender equality and HIV/AIDS.

UNFPA GCC Continues to empower young people, through establishment of Y-PEER networks, to take initiative and responsibility for their own future, and train youth from different levels of society by building their capacity in peer education in order to encourage and promote civic engagement.