Fifth Youth Camp organized by Cruz Vermelha de Timor-Leste | 30 June – 2 July 2017 | Baucau, Timor-Leste

Cruz Vermelha de Timor-Leste (CVTL or Timor-Leste Red Cross) held the fifth Youth Camp event to ignite the spirit of volunteerism among young volunteers from 30 June to 2 July in Baucau, Timor-Leste. Around 44 young volunteers (aged 12 to 25 years old) participated in this gathering to share experiences, learn new skills and build future youth programming.

The involvement of young volunteers at Timor-Leste Red Cross is crucial to ensure that the services run at the community level. To date, youth programme covers health promotion, HIV/ AIDS campaign and first aid respectively. The volunteers play a pivotal role in educating their peers to practise healthy lifestyle as well as in disseminating disaster risk reduction issues in areas prone to natural disaster.

During the Youth Camp gathering, the volunteers evaluated their programmes and developed new interventions to help more people in need. One new agenda identified is to reach out to vulnerable groups including elderly, children and disabled people in their respective communities. Timor-Leste Red Cross hopes that by targeting vulnerable groups it will strengthen the community based programmes across the country.


Gender Policy (CVTL)


Approved in April 2017, this policy defines the main approach of the Cruz Vermelha de Timor-Leste (CVTL) on how to address gender issues in the actions. The policy was established based on the CVTL’s needs for taking part and ensuring that the gender differences are taken into account and dealt with in relation to core programs as defined in the CVTL’s 2015-2019 Strategic Plan, such as disaster relief, disaster preparedness, health and promotion of humanitarian values.


The policy sets out that a gender perspective is required to ensure that men’s and women’s specific needs, vulnerabilities and capacities (set in the broader context of class, ethnicity, race and religion) are recognized and addressed. It further delineates CVTL’s commitments, actions and responsibilities.

Usage: Guidance for implementation

Audience: National Society staff and volunteers

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