Introducing Joshua and Litiana

Jun 04, 2018
Hannah Donovan

Each week we have been introducing you to the 2018 Queen’s Young Leaders, sharing their stories and celebrating the incredible work that they are doing in their communities.
Take a look back over all of the blogs here.

Last, but certainly not least – this week we get to know Joshua Isikeli Sefesi and Litiana Kalsrap.

Joshua from Tonga

24313348_1570468206378830_5961811841545290963_oJoshua raises awareness of sexual reproductive health and women’s rights in Tonga.

In his role as an International Planned Parenthood Federation (IPPF) Regional Youth Representative, he helps to educate young people in his community about prevalent issues faced by Tongan women and girls, such as teenage pregnancy and gender-based violence. He holds sessions with men to educate them on equality and safe sexual practices and informs women about the support available to them.

In addition, Joshua encourages young people across Tonga and the Asia-Pacific region to participate in IPPF’s #KnowItOwnIt online campaign, which calls for better quality, comprehensive sex education.

Litiana from Vanuatu

24302341_1570465903045727_8185906134599023513_oLitiana is a youth leader, committed to mobilising young people as a force for positive social and environmental change.

She is Vice-Secretary of the Pango village Youth Council in Vanuatu, which oversees local youth associations. She works as a Youth Sector Counsellor for the Pango Area Council, where she represents the views of young people. As part of her work, Litiana organises activities such as beach clean-ups and tree planting initiatives. She also raises awareness about climate change and its effect on the Pacific Islands.

Litiana is a member of 350 Pacific, a youth-led grassroots network working with communities to tackle climate change in the region. Her job includes organising community consultations to encourage and help people adapt to environmental changes.

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