ToT on Sexual and Reproductive Rights

For the second year in a row, I had the chance to represent my country at an international gathering of Amnesty International youth activists. This time, it was a training of trainers on Sexual and Reproductive Rights, which a lot of you must know, is a cause I hold very close to my heart. The training took place in Hammamet, Tunisia from May 24th to May 28th in the presence of three delegations: Algerian, Tunisian, and Moroccan.

Group work on the first day of the training. Most of the training was done in small groups such as this one. Photo credits: Lila Bouchenaf
Group work on the first day of the training. Most of the training was done in small groups such as this one.
Photo credits: Lila Bouchenaf
Some members of the Moroccan and Tunisian delegations on our first time in Hammamet. Selfie by Omar Benyassine.
Some members of the Moroccan and Tunisian delegations on our first time in Hammamet. L-to-R: Ayla, Oussema, Omar, Soukaina, myself (my head sticking out in the back), Douaa, Sabri, and Zineb. Selfie by Omar Benyassine.

Over the span of four days and a half, we had the chance to reinforce our prior knowledge on Sexual and Reproductive Rights. This covered everything from going over the My Body My Rights campaign again to discovering sexual orientations and identities. We also had the chance acquire tools to plan, execute, and evaluate workshops on SRR.

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Group picture after one of the trust building exercises on the 4th evening. Photo credits: Lila Bouchenaf
The view from the center we stayed at. I am already missing it.
The view from the center we stayed at. I am already missing it.

The actual training was extremely interesting and got me thinking about what I can do within the AUI Amnesty International Club next year. However, what will stay with me forever is the interactions and dynamics between some of the people I got the chance to meet.

The Moroccan delegation at the Cultural Night.
The Moroccan delegation at the Cultural Night. L-to-R: Omar, Soukaina, Houssam, Touria, Zineb, myself, Douaa, Omar.
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With my Tunisian friend Yoldez at the Cultural Night. Photo credits: Omar Benyassine
L-to-R: Douaa, Oussema, Sabri, and myself at the Cultural Night.
L-to-R: Douaa, Oussema, Sabri, and myself at the Cultural Night.

Whether it was while designing a workshop, sharing different aspects of our cultures during a Cultural Night, or halfway through all the sleepless nights I spent playing cards, my trip to Tunisia taught me a lot of things. I learned that no matter where we come from, no matter how different we think we are, or how prejudiced we might be, all we have to do is truly listen to each other to get to our ends. Nothing will ever get done as long as we stand divided, shouting at each other.

All the participants and organizers with the artwork of Tunisia artist Tawfiq Omar. Photo credits: Nada El Kashef
All the participants and organizers with the artwork of Tunisia artist Tawfiq Omar on the last day of training. Photo credits: Nada El Kashef

I am sure this is not the first time I am saying this, but it does no harm to repeat it: It really does not matter how long you’ve known someone, so long as they touch your existence in one way or another. On our second day in Tunisia, I was told that Tunisians have such a big heart they love fast and very easily to the point it is almost a running joke. I guess I got to experience that first hand.

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