The Act for Prevention and Solution of the Adolescent Pregnancy Problem, B.E. 2559 (2016), effective since July 29, 2016, has focused on the endorsement of rights for young people aged 10 to 19.
Its Section 5 states, “An Adolescent has the right to make a decision by himself and has the right to information and knowledge, right to reproductive health service, right to confidentiality and privacy, and right to social welfare provision, that are equal and non-discriminative, and is entitled to any other rights for the purpose of this Act accurately, completely and adequately.”
The national and provincial committees have members from 5 key stakeholders namely Ministry of Education, Ministry of Public Health, Ministry of Social Development and Human Security, Ministry of Interior and Ministry of Labor. To create effective mechanisms for achievements, the committee and sub-committees, both national and local, are recommended to have 2 youth members (1 boy and 1 girl) from the Children and Youth Council of Thailand in each group.
Empowerment of youth representatives is greatly appreciated as they can advocate for youths nationwide and help monitor implementation. Therefore, Thai Health Promotion Foundation’s Health Risk Control II Section together with Chiang Mai-based Raks Thai Foundation office and UNFPA Thailand arranged a meeting on youth empowering project proposal development based on the above-mentioned Act on May 18-19, 2017, at Prat Rajapruek Resort & Spa, Chiang Mai. This meeting had 20 participants from Chiang Mai-based public and civil society organizations overseeing adolescent sexual and reproductive health, children and youth networks, The Children and Youth Council Chiang Mai, Thai Health Promotion Foundation, UNFPA Thailand and Raks Thai Foundation.
The meeting, with an aim for project development, resolved that young people’s decision making and project designing participation is required. Activities designed for young people and mentoring adults must comprehensively and accurately cover the rights defined in Section 5 for deep understanding and knowledge. Affairs related to local young people’s sexual behaviors will be analyzed to design different work plans for various groups. Specific information of young people in vulnerable groups must be recognized as a tool specially developed to improve their quality of life for accessibility to rights stated in the Act. This co-joined project development design thinks through the extensive work plans for other areas as well, focusing on procedures that actually allow young people participation.