Introducing Joshua and Litiana
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
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
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.