The partnership with JB Fernandes Memorial Trust I has continued into 2017. During 2012, the support for this Trust facilitated youth leadership development as well as volunteer and member engagement. We thank JB Fernandes Memorial Trust I for the continued support and we appreciate that, in 2013, the Trust is specifically supporting Capacity Building for members of the National Council, members of Local Association Boards,Volunteers and Staff in 2013. From 2015 to 2017, the Trust facilitated both Governance Training for members as well as Leadership Development for youth. The ongoing result of this funding is the existing Y-Teens groups at both Bishop Anstey High School and Woodbrook Secondary School. These two groups have implemented community projects as well as received training in Leadership Development. They are currently undergoing training that will assist them in sustainability of the youth arm of the YWCA of Trinidad and Tobago.
The YWCA of Trinidad & Tobago and the UN System in Trinidad and Tobago collaborated for a third year in observing the 16 Days of Activism Against Gender Based Violence. This campaign is an initiative of the UN Secretary General and is observed annually, across the world, from November 25th, International Day for the Elimination of Gender Based Violence to December 10th, International Human Rights Day.
The continuing focus of this observance is to raise awareness that Gender Based Violence is a violation of a person's human rights and IT IS NOT OK. Through the efforts of the UN Gender Theme Group, support was provided, for our 2012 observance, by UNFPA, UN Women, Barbados and the Office of the UN Resident Coordinator/UNDP Resident Representative in Trinidad and Tobago. We express our appreciation for the support which allowed us to implement outreach activities across Trinidad and Tobago, based on our Roving In Her Shoes Exhibitions.
The theme of the YWCATT/UNFPA partnership continues to be " Know your Rights to Claim your Human Rights". This partnership commenced in 2009 and continues to facilitate development of a strategic community outreach programme, for girls and young women; leadership development; institutional strengthening and youth membership growth and engagement. In 2013, there is an increased focus on Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights for girls and young women.
We wish to express our appreciation for the support being provided for the first phase of our campaign to raise the awareness of citizens, that human rights are for everyone and are about real life issues. We wish to particularly thank Aurora Noguera-Ramkissoon, Assistant Representative, and Nicole Darmanie, Programme Assistant, of the UNFPA Trinidad and Tobago Branch Office as well as staff from the Sub-Regional Office for the Caribbean, Jamaica.