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SEAYouth 2021

online festival for Young Southeast Asians!

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about SEAYouth

SEAYouth is an online festival for Young Southeast Asians to come together, empower each other, and voice out their concerns about the issues related to the Southeast Asia region. The festival is organized to observe the International Youth Day (August 12) and the World Humanitarian Day (August 19) and consists of a series of open spaces, forums, workshops, and any other activities that would empower youth, hone their skills, and culminate solidarity for a sustainable rights-based, inclusive, people-centered, and youth-driven regional community.


The festival is organized by ASEAN Youth Forum with the support of our partners. Take a look at the people behind the festival.

Southeast Asia's Youth Collective Statement 2020

In commemoration of International Youth Day (Aug 12) and World Humanitarian Day (Aug 19), ASEAN Youth Forum brought together more than 1000 youth around Southeast Asia to raise concerns on the region’s current situation related to Human Rights, Democracy, Justice, Freedom, and Peace in a fully digital online festival — The SEAYOUTH Festival. The output of the festival is a Youth Collective Statement calling for 15 important points to ASEAGovernments and Leaders, Civil Society, and Youth in Southeast Asia. The statement addresses youth-perspective on the current situation in the region in the context of COVID-19. This Youth Collective Statement is a symbol of young people engagement in the democratization of Southeast Asia and a part of young people participation to ensure an inclusive, people-centered, gender-sensitive, and right-based community in Southeast Asia. Read here.

 

The output of the Global Meet Up session is here.

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Panels of Youth Speakers

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Schedule & Agenda

SEAYouth Online Festival is from Thursday, August 12th, 2021 (International Youth Day) to Sunday, August 15th, 2021. All indicated time is in GMT+7 (Jakarta, Bangkok Time). A complete agenda will be announced soon.

DAY 1

Thursday, 12 August 2021

5 - 6 PM:
Technical Briefing

6 - 7 PM:
SEAYouth Opening

7 - 8 PM:
Call Me By My Name
Networking platform to get to know each other in the celebration of the International Youth Day

DAY 2

Friday, 13 August 2021

5 - 6 PM:
Grand ASEAN Youth Town Hall
Peace, Politics, & Democracy

6 - 7 PM:
Constituency Open Space
Key Issues: Decent WorkYouth EmploymentUnemployment & COVID-19

7 - 8 PM:
Country Open Space
Key Issues: Access to SRHR, CSE, and Education

DAY 3

Saturday, 14 August 2021

12 - 2 PM:
Youth Presentations on Human Rights
School of Advocacy for Youth on Human Rights in Southeast Asia

2 - 3 PM:
Constituency Open Space
Key Topic: Youth Network & Organizations

3 - 4 PM:
Country Open Space
Key Issues: Digital Security, Digitalization, Right to Information

4 - 5 PM:
Yuwana Stage
Creative space for Artists to showcase artworks

DAY 4

Sunday, 15 August 2021

12 - 1 PM:
Grand ASEAN Youth Town Hall
Youth in Migration, Refugees and Asylum Seekers, Migrant Workers

1 - 2 PM:
Country Open Space
Key Issues: Environment, Climate Justice, Land Rights, Green Transition, Eco-consious Living

2 - 3 PM:
Youth, Girls & Young Women Activism
Activists sharing sessions

3 - 4 PM:
Democratic Space
Distillation, statement formulation, & youth interventions

4 - 5 PM:
SEAYouth Closing

GRAND ASEAN YOUTH TOWN HALL

Speakers:

Moderator: Rosalind Ratana (Indonesia) & Anukriti Banerjee (Singapore)

Youth voices are important because the decisions and policies made today will directly affect us as we inherit the future, as the youth can play a vital role in the development of the country. The Grand ASEAN Youth Town Hall comes as a platform to raise youth voices to the world. This is a participative forum between the youths in the Southeast Asian region which provides rich discussion towards related issues that exist in the area regionally.

Livestream on AYF Facebook

Available interpretation: International Sign Language, Khmer, Bahasa Indonesia, Tetum, Thai, & Burmese

Session 1: Peace, Politics, & Democracy
August 13th, 2021
05.00 - 6.00 PM

Session 2:  Youth in Migration
August 15th, 2021
12.00 - 1.00 PM

CONSTITUENCY OPEN SPACE

An open space dedicated to highlight youth's intersectionality and diverse identities. This is an open space where the participants would be put together in a breakout room based on their constituency. The participant will discuss the given topics and drilling questions on behalf of their constituency, reflecting the personal struggles and experience of the identity they represent. 

List of constituency:
1. High School Students
2. University / College Students & Graduates
3. Young Workers & Professionals
4. Human Rights Defenders & CSO / NGO workers
5. Youth in Rural Area or Conflicted Area
6. Girls & Young Women
7. Queer Community (LGBTIQ+)
8. Others including Indigenous Community, Urban Poor, People with Disability, Youth in Migration (Exchange Students, Refugees, Migrant Workers, etc)

Session 1: Decent Work, Youth Employment, Unemployment & COVID-19
Friday, August 13th, 2021
06.00 - 07.00 PM
Session 2: Youth Network & Organizations
Saturday, August 14th, 2021
02.00 - 03.00 PM

COUNTRY OPEN SPACE

An open space dedicated to focus of the country-based issues and experience. This is an open space where the participants would be put together in a breakout room based on their countries or territories, based on where they live or their nationality. The participant will discuss the given topics and drilling questions in relation to their country. 

List of countries:
1. Brunei Darussalam
2. Cambodia
3. Indonesia
4. Lao PDR & Singapore
5. Malaysia

6. Myanmar
7. Thailand
8. The Philippines
9. Timor-Leste
10. Vietnam

Session 1: Access to Sexual & Reproductive Health and Rights, Comprehensive Sexual Education, & Education Post COVID-19
Friday, August 13th, 2021
07.00 - 08.00 PM
Session 2: Digital Security, Digitalization, Right to Information
Saturday, August 14th, 2021
03.00 - 04.00 PM
Session 3: Environment, Climate Justice, Land Rights, Green Transition, Eco-consisous Living
Sunday, August 15th, 2021
01.00 - 02.00 PM

YOUTH PRESENTATIONS ON HUMAN RIGHTS

Speakers:

Moderator: Rosalind Ratana (Indonesia)

In attendance: H.E. Yuyun Wahyuningrum (AICHR Indonesia) & H.E. Prof. Amara Pongsapich (AICHR Thailand)

Selected youth have prepared together to present their ideas, proposals, and recommendations on the advancement of human rights in Southeast Asia. The presentations will be included in the documentation in form of publication. This presentation is organized by School of Advocacy for Youth on Human Rights in Southeast Asia.

Presentation:
1. Inclusive Education for Children with Disability  by Ruslina (Thailand) & Arie (Indonesia)

2. Better Education System for The Enforcement of Human Rights by Pascoela (Timor-Leste) and Nurdinah (Indonesia)
3. Freedom of Religion or Belief issues in ASEAN Member States by Cessie (Indonesia)
4. Deprivation of the Right to Life with the Involvement of Illegal Drugs and Political Interventions by Jamber, Marianne, and Aly (The Philippines)
5. Burma: The Story So Far by Youth from Myanmar

Livestream on AYF Facebook

Available interpretation: International Sign Language, Khmer, Bahasa Indonesia, Tetum, Thai, & Burmese

When:
Saturday, August 14th, 2021
12.00 - 02.00 PM


YUWANA STAGE

Yuwana Host:
Anukriti Banerjee (Singapore)

 

Yuwana Stage is a space for young Southeast Asians and artists to take the mic, claim the space, and say, perform, and share anything to the festival audience. The performances can be (not limited to) a performative speech, oration, monologue, poetry reading, singing, dancing, or simply a sharing of just one thing about how you are feeling about the current situation in the world. This session is organized by Yuwana Team. Kindly visit and download Yuwana Zines.

Performing artists:

  1. Bryan G. Fernandez II (Philippines)
  2. Dian (Indonesia)
  3. Ian Inoy (Philippines)
  4. nobi nobpitosch (Indonesia)
  5. Dixie Misty (Philippines)
  6. Alison Liew (Malaysia)
  7. VERSUS (Philippines)
when:
Saturday, August 14th, 2021
04.00 - 05.00 PM


DEMOCRATIC SPACE

Moderator:
Rastra Yasland & Rosalind Ratana (ASEAN Youth Forum)

A space where youth come together to have a democratic discussion and decide on the elements in the SEA Youth Collective Statement 2021. Democratic spaces will be happening during Grand ASEAN Youth Town Hall and at the final day of the festival.

Livestream on AYF Facebook

Available interpretation: International Sign Language, Khmer, Bahasa Indonesia, Tetum, Thai, & Burmese

when:
At the end of Grand ASEAN Youth Town Hall Sessions

Final Session:
Sunday, August 15th, 2021
03.00 - 04.00 PM


CALL ME BY MY NAME

Moderator:
Anukriti Banerjee (Singapore) & Siti Hajar (Indonesia)

 

One of the words in the tagline of The SEAYouth Festival 2021 is “Engage”. It translates into  “Youth engagement is the result when young people are involved in responsible, challenging actions to create positive social change. This means involving youth in planning and in making decisions that affect themselves and others”. One of the key definitions is to involve the participants into getting to know each other, see how shared beliefs could not only inspire but also ignites possible collaborations for social change. In this session, participants take turn to introduce themselves.

when:
Friday, August 12th, 2021
07.00 - 08.00 PM



Youth, Girls & Young Women Activism

Moderator:
Yap Kah Yee (Malaysia)

 

One of the words in the tagline of The SEAYouth Festival 2021 is “Engage”. It translates into  “Youth engagement is the result when young people are involved in responsible, challenging actions to create positive social change. This means involving youth in planning and in making decisions that affect themselves and others”. One of the key definitions is to involve the participants into getting to know each other, see how shared beliefs could not only inspire but also ignites possible collaborations for social change. In this session, participants take turn to introduce themselves.

Livestream on AYF Facebook

Available interpretation: International Sign Language, Khmer, Bahasa Indonesia, Tetum, Thai, & Burmese

when:
Sunday, August 15th, 2021
02.00 - 03.00 PM



Frequently Asked Questions

  1. Is this event free?
    Yes, the event is free of charge.


  2. What kind of platform we’ll use in this festival?
    We’ll use Zoom Application, please have it pre-installed on your device.


  3. What if I only attend for 1 or 2 days?
    We encourage selected participants to attend the whole event. However, if you could only attend part of the session, rest assured that there will be no repercussions. It simply means that we would be missing your valuable presence.


  4. What are the roles that we can apply for?
    There are 4 roles of participation in this year's SEAYouth Festival.

    1. as Participants. You need to apply and go under selection process to be granted this role. Selected participants will have access to all the programs of the festival.
    2. as Speakers in Grand ASEAN Youth Town Hall. During your application, you will need to fill up the "Speaker Form" section in the application form. The form is the same with Participant application. As a speaker, you will have a chance to speak in front of regional audiences and influence the statement through your recommendation.
    3. as Festival Volunteers. During your application, you will need to fill up the "Festival Volunteers Form" section in the application form. The form is the same with Participant application. As festival volunteers, you will be coordinating with Festival Team to contribute in building the atmostphere of SEAYouth Festival that is safe, fun, and democratic.
    4. as Public / Observers. This role can only access SEAYouth Festival Public sessions, Online Memorial, Yuwana Stage, and Youth Presentations. No registration / application needed.


  5. What if I am not Southeast Asian?
    This event is mainly organised for Southeast Asian Youths. Southeast Asian Youths are those who are the nationals of and/or live in Brunei Darussalam, Cambodia, Indonesia, Lao PDR, Myanmar, Malaysia, Singapore, Thailand, The Philippines, Timor Leste, Vietnam, plus other territories in Southeast Asia.


  6. What kind of youth can attend the festival? What if I am younger than 15 or older than 35? Can I still join the event?
    Everyone is welcomed regardless of your personal identification. The festival is specifically designed for youths aged 15 - 35.  However, people below the age of 18 and individuals above the age of 35 may only participate as “observers.” The role of the observers is to passively watch the session. Only the committee can grant access to the limited number of observers.


  7. What can I do when someone is making me feel uncomfortable?
    To the organizing committee, your safety is our main priority. All throughout the festival, the participants will be assisted through a virtual ‘HelpDesk’. We encourage you to report or let us know if you feel uncomfortable or when someone is making you feel uncomfortable. Please refer to the ‘Safety Guidelines’ .


  8. What are the consequences if I violate the  rules and regulations?
    Participants are either given warnings or removed directly from the festival based on the violations.


  9. What are the safety measures and how can the festival organizers ensure my safety during the event?
    Good question! Please refer to the ‘Safety Guidelines


  10. Will I get an e-Certificate for attending the festival?
    Yes, we providing e-certificate for this event. This is a wonderful opportunity for you to make new friends of many different backgrounds and foreign lands. In addition, you can also gain a variety of knowledge for your own personal and professional development by attending. Last but definitely not least, you would be a part of a major youth and get connected with fellow youths from all over Southeast Asia.


  11. I have more questions, where should I address them?
    Feel free to contact the organizers through seayouth@aseanyouthforum.org or on our social media: instagram, facebook, and twitter.