30 participants, 14 nationalities, 7 projects, 12 volunteers and a global youth seminar hosted in Kuala Lumpur. Take the context out, replace the numerics, or change the location – the modus operandi is most likely similar for any training programs.
From the 30th November to 3rd December 2016, I was in-charge of making sure that the World Federation of United Nations (WFUNA) Youth Seminar is successfully hosted in Kuala Lumpur; its first in South-East Asia after previously graced by Jaipur, New York, Oslo and Buenos Aires. Texas Tech Red Raiders The rotational set-up is meant for a better distribution of training opportunities for the youths of WFUNA’s member countries.
The idea was to engage youth representatives who are members of their United Nations’ national associations. New Balance 998 męskie Participants are leveraged on their common interests and they are expected to brainstorm and implement their projects –however and wherever they prefer– based on the Sustainable Development Goal #16 for peace and security.
Our mission was to transcend youth idealism into activism, upgrade opinion leaders into community movers and to spark possibilities for cross-border collaborations towards a common cause.
Comparatively speaking, hosting 30 people may sound petty but the logistical, leadership and financial bearing remains a challenge to a youthful group of volunteers from United Nations Association Malaysia (UNAM) (visit www.unamyouth.com).
Personally, the process of leading this cause was also an interesting juncture of experience as I was in the midst of completing my admission to the Malaysian Bar in a legal firm at that time.
Juggling between the two was not easy.
While I had to lead a young team to implement our ideas for the youth seminar, I was also often in the receiving ends of my inexperience and legal naivety by my lawyer colleagues in a 9-month journey where long hours were spent on most weekdays.
Being both the leader and follower at the same time had given me an opportunity to diverge the two experiences and to self-reflect on what has been a roller-coaster experience of emotions and self-development.
Here are the three lessons learned that I can share:
1. Shape your team early
Be it in a legal firm or in running a youth organization, it is important for a leader to first define the talent and capacity of the team. I didn’t want to micro-manage and I needed the team to be on cruise control as I had little time to spare then.
I learned from this experience that the expectations of the leader must correspond to the capability and the pre-agreed commitments among the team members.
Taking in my observation of working in a law firm, I decided that the working dynamic of the hosting team was best served with a cocktail of talent, experience and scope of contribution. This was after taking into account the similarity of the nature of the demands to my day job; which has strict deadlines.
In terms of experience, I had cherry-picked my trusted Lieutenants from the people that I have worked with in the past mainly because I knew how their work ethics are like. I also value their inclination in poking holes to my ideas, especially if that’d help to solve the puzzle better.
More importantly, I was able to delegate some of the core responsibilities to them – which has allowed me to focus on more urgent matters such as fundraising and in designing the training module.
For a team averaging 20 years of age, it was fascinating to observe how capable some of my team members are in producing the “magic” when needed to; mainly in the areas of web designing, creative graphics, as well as in video and audio editing.
As the team leader, I’d usually have a rough idea on what needed to be done – except that I didn’t have the technical expertise to do all of them. Hence, it was only logical for me to get some help. San Diego State Aztecs Over a span of a month, I had sourced the talents from an open pool of applications before interviewing them to identify their suitability to the merit of the team.
Throughout this process, I realised how eerily similar the set-up was to a law firm’s employment structure.
For example, while in my initial stage of legal traineeship, there were whispers of keeping ‘strategic’ individuals in the firm as a ‘business strategy’. Slowly, I began to notice how important to have what I call –‘the pivot’ – to generate opportunities for the firm.
Akin to how a couple of individuals can potentially bring more businesses to the firm than what talented and experienced employees could, I had also valued the specific contributions of team members that were taken in to do just that—creating opportunities.
2. Working with difficult people is unavoidable and is part of the necessary process
If you had not realised already, most of the established non-profit organisations, humanitarian bodies and youth organisations are managed by paid staffs and professionals. While the youth seminar itself was an outreach program to members of national UN associations, it was not coordinated on the ground by WFUNA’s paid employees, but by volunteers of UNAM who committed themselves to this cause out of passion and sheer grit.
Contrary to popular belief, organisational volunteerism does not magically materialise from empathy alone. This value has to be tapped from effective crowdsourcing of ideas, maestro-ed by focused leadership, and may possibly involve financial support for the activism to be sparked.
This was where the difficult part comes in; someone needs to get their hands dirty to get things moving.
In this case, our team members had to work extra hard to meet various individuals to secure funding, logistical support and relevant expertise.
Often times, the process was made difficult by bureaucracy and procedures—especially in a country like Malaysia where power-distance has always been a hindrance to productivity.
I can still recall the days when I had to spend half a day for a two-minute conversation to get a mere “yes”. Sometimes, we had to wait for weeks before a pre-approved plan is signed on paper for official purposes. This was especially difficult when meetings were planned without taking into consideration of the volunteers’ time and availability. Crazylight Boost Primekni While I had to squeeze my time between lunch breaks, several others had to skip classes at their respective learning institutions.
Meanwhile in a law firm, it’s notorious how demanding dealing with lawyers can be.
Coming out fresh from law school, I could only grow a thick skin while learning my ropes from the more experienced peers—whom probably went through the same process to be at the level where they are today. I was not in the position to escape the reality when my set of skills are limited to what I have learned from only thick legal textbooks and the four corners of my classrooms.
While working with difficult people is a challenge by itself, I realised that it was more challenging to recover our mental strengths to be stronger each time.
3. Communication is key to avoiding conflicts
Whilst in the process of designing the training module of the youth seminar, both myself and Pablo Angulo, a New York-based focal person of WFUNA, had different perspectives in our approach to train the participants.
Despite the geographical and time-zone differences, we tried to communicate as frequently as we could via numerous conference calls on Skype.
Although admittedly there were hiccups along the way, the impact was minimised as there was already a general understanding between WFUNA and UNAM, even as Pablo had to be replaced by another WFUNA trainer, Erly Munoz, due to last-minute unavoidable circumstances.
Erly had delivered her duty impeccably as our flow of thoughts had already been streamlined by detailed planning between Pablo and I, despite having never met each other throughout.
In a more demanding legal setting, at times instructions were misinterpreted due to my lack of experience and limited legal know-hows. The no-nonsense approach by our clients can at times heat up the dynamic of the team when it was only a matter of time before mental stress can override our usual characters.
I felt that this can be avoided by encouraging both vertical and horizontal communication everyday—no matter how limited our time was.
A more engaging team definitely helps in numbing the psychological impact of dealing with difficult situations. LSU Tigers Jerseys Relating this to my first point, it is also important for a leader (or employer) to manage his/her expectations and to react accordingly, rather than excessively.
If anything, it would have been better to have the sense of honour to our responsibilities rather than feeling forced to fulfil them out of fear.
Having been exposed to both approaches, it has been our practice in UNAM to listen to everyone’s opinions and ideas before deciding on the best approach to move forward.
I am glad that the youth seminar was successfully organised.
But it was a bigger success to have seen my youthful peers adopting the practice of communicating effectively in getting the best out of our potentials while working together.
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Independence of gender is a prevailing discussion widely exchanged in forms of hushes and whispers when it comes to Malaysian audience in general. When one mentions gender equality, we tend to picture the worst possible images of extreme men-hating feminist movements, common stereotypes casted upon the queer community and in some cases, women finally being able to lead men during prayers. Discussions on the said topic seemed to be very poorly welcomed because apparently, moderation is key and empowerment of the ‘gentler’ gender equals to degradation of their counterparts. Let alone the topics of ‘ending patriarchy’ or LGBT+. Womens Air Jordan 4 As an observer in the mass, I could only go as far as taking down mental notes when the first KL Pride March themed ‘Courage in the Face of Adversity’ organised by a local private university was canceled due to religious bodies’ complaints. Every now and then, as I try to catch up with the ongoing news, my findings will be, more often than not, accompanied by unrestrained, demeaning—heck, even demonised headlines, fired up by condemnations from the conservatives and ambassadors of the P-word.
On a quest to further understand the much-entangled topic, I decided to apply for the XX+XY Project upon the advice of UNAM Youth’s coordinator, Hafidzi. All I knew was the project is the brainchild of 3 YSEALI alumni (Farhana Zain, Kristine Madrelino & Worapot Yodphet) acting as an educational platform revolving around the 5th Sustainable Development Goal; gender equality and women empowerment. I was hours away from the extended deadline with no project proposal in mind. Nike Air Max 90 Femme Rose Alas, my lightbulb moment came about just in time. I then clicked ‘submit’ and let fate do its job. 1 phone interview later, I received an e-mail stating that I will be representing Malaysia along with 3 other delegates for the Kasarinlan Ng Kasarian camp. This is it, I thought. Time to leave the sidewalk and get to know the crowd.
Over the course of a week, there were plenty of things worth noting throughout the project. Sitting in a circle with young advocates from Thailand and Philippines while throwing opinions back and forth at the end of each day revived the purpose that each of us had constructed for ourselves from the very beginning. Acknowledging the variation in circumstances in response to gender equality and violence against women-children (VAW-C) we have back in our home countries, we knew we had a safe space to ask a continuum of questions; from the basis of the advocacies to identifying disclosures post-VAWC acts to being a better ally to the general community, regardless of their gender expression. These questions then sparked discussions, facilitated by professionals of the field; Commissioner Percival Cendana; Chairperson of the National Convener of the Inter-Agency Group on Adolescent Sexual & Reproductive Health, Ms. John Lumapay; consultant and producer of PAGASA sa Makati, a community-based preventive education campaign on illegal drugs using integrated arts and Mr. Donn E. Gaba; senior researcher of University of Philippines Diliman Gender Office, simply to name a few.
I find it interesting that the project was strategically designed to give us an extensive understanding of gender and sexuality first before we dive into its practicalities. I would like to quote a relevant statement concluded from our discussion with Mr. Gaba, which centered on gender expression of a person being embedded in his or her biological built; to which he explained it is indeed an ongoing research. “Ultimately, having or not having ‘gay gene’ does not matter when in the end, it does not justify how we treat people of different gender expressions as human”. His statement was made in reference to the discrimination of LGBT+ rights in most ASEAN countries. While in Malaysia LGBT+ rights remain as a behind-the-curtain topic, in Thailand it has been far-and-wide tolerated albeit not yet championed. As for the Philippines, its advocacy has so far played a vital role in pushing for the rights to be justified in the country’s policies. Air Jordan 4 Cement “It is important to distinguish the very fact that while we have gender-responsive system complementing the government initiatives for the people, what happens in the Philippines is not an acceptance of LGBT+ rights but more towards tolerance of their existence,” said one of the Filipino delegates, who is also an LGBT+ activist working with the Philippines Commission on Women.
Gender and sexuality discourses aside, we moved on to the topic of VAW-C and established our understanding on its subtleties.
In many domestic violence cases, women and children are held back from responding out of fear of disclosure. These fears are then suppressed, which result in possible self-blaming and even self-harming. Ms. Lumapay, who was a nurse before she ventured into preventive education, presented to us cases whereby children who were groomed for sexual activities often have difficulties in expressing their discomfort. Most of the time it was due to parents being unable to see the indirect signs portrayed by their children, and sadly, it also because the perpetrators are often the people the children are related to. A simple case of trust could produce such a horrific experience for young children who do not deserve being harassed or harmed in any way. The session made us realised the importance of being a better responsive party for the survivors. “No amount of victim-blaming or shaming will solve the problem,” she emphasised, “and one must always bring forth honesty, earn the trust of the survivor and never make the mistake of compromising it.”
To better execute our projects before the second camp in Kuala Lumpur, we had the honour of being guided by Ms. Morgan Martinez and Mr. Yang Villa on topics of social media advocacy and project management respectively. Ms. Canotte nba a poco prezzo Martinez is International Republican Institute’s very own Deputy Director of Public Affairs Division who has trained over 100 YSEALI participants on delivering innovative stories online.
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Out of the 3 outreach trips we did throughout the project, it is a sin for me to not include my observations throughout our visit in the rough district of Tondo. Tentatively, we had a scheduled visit to the Likhaan Women Reproductive Clinic in the afternoon. adidas neo Upon alighting our Uber, we figured that we are actually in an entirely different building from Likhaan’s headquarter.
As it started pouring outside, on top of a standstill traffic, we decided to brace the jet-black puddles and walk to the headquarter. It was a walk I will never, ever regret taking. Before my eyes, there stood a young girl who contentedly looked up to the gray skies, started taking off her t-shirt and played in the puddle by the roadside, next to the standstill. I passed by a group of 3 boys who were not slightly bothered by the signs of poverty lying all over the district—what mattered was now, they are able to shower while playing football on the heights of the crossover. Electric cables and poles in the streets looked as if they have not been maintained for the longest time. Jeepney honk blared as loud when half-dressed pedestrians started crossing the road without a care in the world. We were drenched, but we were also grateful. Out here in Tondo, there are families living in card box-sized shelters with their pet dogs, living off an average of 200 Pesos per odd job they have. If you ever wondered just how much 200 Pesos are able to sustain a person, it is roughly equivalent to RM20. Soon enough, we reached the headquarter, sat comfortably at the roundtable and had another introductory session with the founder of Likhaan and its community mobilisers. Air Jordan 1 For Kids Even then, it was beyond hard to digest let alone ponder on the images of humanitarian crisis we had just witnessed in the streets.
There’s only so much that I can include in this write-up without exhausting your attention to the gems I found in between the rocks. To say the least, the XX+XY project was an experience I am glad I underwent. It changed my perspective on the things I thought must be fixated due to the faith I hold and the culture I adopted. With that being said, the project did not end the minute each of us reached our home countries. Our next camp is due in late September, where we will gather once again to summarise the outcome of our self-initiated projects. In my case, I plan to propose a creative approach towards the integration of traditional gender roles in our society. It might be an art exhibition, or a performance gig—who knows? If you happen to have suggestions or simply interested in getting more insights from my trip to Quezon City, Metro Manila, feel free to reach me at email@example.com. I would be happy to assist you in any way.
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We are pleased to kickstart the first round of UNAM-MUN League with Monash Malaysia MUN Society‘s conference this coming 21-23 April! Apply to be an MUN delegate on http://monmunic2017.com/ and stand a chance to win cash prizes up to RM 1,000 and a UNAM-endorsed delegate awards! All winning delegates (and Chairs) will be automatically considered for Team Malaysia to Singapore MUN Conference in 2018. Penn State Nittany Lions For a clearer view on how our UNAM-MUN League works,
Prepared by: Roshan Nigel Miranda On the 16th of June 2017, I was given the chance to represent United Nations Association of Malaysia as an official youth representative for the launching of the inaugural ASEAN circle dialogue. Garrett Richards Jersey It was held on Friday the 1th of June 2017 at Perdana Hall, MITI tower. I arrived just as Dato’ Rastam Mohd Isa was delivering his opening remarks before launching the dialogue. The crowd consisted of representatives from all sorts of organisations and NGOs around Malaysia. The representatives from the South East Asians nations were not to be missed as they did fill up an entire section to the left of the hall. The 2nd speech was delivered by Dato Seri’ Mohamed Nazri Abdul Aziz, the Minister of Tourism and Culture. He gave an overview on what exactly would happen throughout the dialogue and instilled upon us to be courageous in our questions and ensure that they are making an impact towards the role of the youths in ASEAN. Moving on to the dialogue, the moderator was Mr. Air Jordan 13 Firdaus Rosli, the Director of Economics in ISIS Malaysia. We had 3 speakers on the panel. ADIDAS VALCLEAN2 CMF Each speaker was allocated 10 minutes of speaking time and 25 minutes in total was allocated to questions from the floor. The first was Tan Sri Dato’Munir bin Abdul Majid, whom had highlighted on the role ASEAN plays in the certificate of origin and in stepping out to the next generation by bridging the gap using social media and technology. The 2nd speaker was Associate Professor Dr.
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By attending this ASEAN dialogue, I have better ideas on how ASEAN can play a role in helping the indigenous community, especially in Malaysia. I learned more about ASEAN throughout this dialogue rather than any debates or academic syllabus I would like to express my gratitude to the United Nations Association of Malaysia for giving me a chance to learn and spark creative ideas within myself on how ASEAN can help us in whatever we aspire to achieve.
Prepared by: Afif Ridhwan Roslan The day was July 25th, that was the date of the 30th Annual General Meeting of UNAM. Maglie San Antonio Spurs The meeting discussed UNAM’s involvement in the area of diplomacy and human rights advocacy, as well as a nod to the UNAM Youth’s increased activity throughout the recent years. We convened at the Banquet Hall of Royal Selangor Golf Club off Jalan Tun Razak, Kuala Lumpur. Placed in the heart of Kuala Lumpur,
the atmosphere was nothing short of high prestige and wonderful company. The meeting began around 11.45 AM,
where members of UNAM and UNAM Youth both were given briefs on the efforts done by UNAM as a whole in the past year.
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The 30th Annual General Meeting (AGM) of the United Nations Association Malaysia (UNAM) will be held on 25th July 2017 (Tuesday), at the Banquet Hall, The Royal Selangor Golf Club (RSGC), off Jalan Tun Razak, Kuala Lumpur at 11.45 am.