Stronger youth leadership
During the three days, the participants focused on leadership, management and networking. Skills they will be able to use daily in their role as National Coordinators. Right Here Right Now consists of eleven platforms that uniquely bring together youth, LGBTI and women’s organisations to collectively advocate for sensitive SRHR issues. “This is a great opportunity for many reasons,” said Rutgers ED, Ton Coenen. “Strengthening your individual leadership skills, means much stronger youth leadership in your countries.”
The Caribbean Region’s NC, Brandon said: “The Leadership skills I acquired during the last three days, will really help me lead my platform. It’s important to learn more about mediation and intercultural communications, as our platform is very diverse and we incorporate four languages. We’re a global partnership and we interact with many different cultures. Therefore we need to understand different cultural values and learn other ways of interacting.”
“Trainings like this are critical for us. Being a National Coordinator is demanding, and we need to share ideas with our counterparts. We do the same work and we can help each other grow and share the same values throughout the partnership”, explains Brandon.
“My key lesson from the training is that I need to know my core qualities as a person”, says Tendaishe, National Coordinator from Zimbabwe. “Knowing yourself helps you become a good leader. In the future I will try to create more personal relationships with my platform members, to get to know them as individuals. They all have different personal goals and directions they want to go in. It’s understanding what they need, that ensures I can effectively communicate with them and deal with potential conflict better.”
Right Here Right Now is a strategic advocacy partnership, with platforms in Bangladesh, Bolivia, Honduras, Indonesia, Kenya, Nepal, Pakistan, Senegal, Uganda, Zimbabwe and the Caribbean Subregion. During international events like the leadership training, the advantages of such a diverse network really show. Tendaishe: “Being with the other National Coordinators is always a lot of fun. We share the same energy, so trainings like this are very re-energising.”