IT'S NOT A DIFFERENT SEX
Thushi created a powerful short film dedicated to the fundamental premise that sexual and reproductive health and rights are common to all human beings - regardless of whether or not they are living with a disability.
Through a landscape review, key informant interviews, and direct input from young people, Thushi fostered meaningful discussions among youth advocates and key decision-makers on the challenges that young people with disabilities face in accessing sexual and reproductive health information and services, including stigmatization and unequal access to resources.
Check out Thushi's short film.
Thushi is a dynamic global youth advocate in the field of sexual and reproductive health and rights, particularly for women and marginalized youth. As an international trainer and facilitator for the internationally acclaimed Y-PEER, he has trained over 1,000 young people from the Asia Pacific region. Thushi is affiliated with the ChildFund Sri Lanka where, as Technical Specialist/ Advisor for Youth Programs, he advises the national youth strategy, with a special focus on employment, sexual and reproductive health, and leadership and civic engagement. He has also worked with the United Nations Population Fund, United Nations Development Program (UNDP), and UN volunteers in various capacities related to youth empowerment.
As a passionate youth activist, Thushi works with young people with disabilities, young people living with HIV/AIDS, sex workers, sexual minorities, and injecting drug users. He has also worked as a Youth Representative on the Ministry of Health’s National Steering Committee on the HIV/AIDS Response for Youth.
In 2012, Thushi was selected by the Ministry of Youth Affairs and Skills Development as a youth delegate for the UK-Sri Lanka Commonwealth Young Leaders Program. He holds a bachelor’s degree in Social Work and is currently studying for a Master's in Gender and Women's Studies.
Follow Thushi on Twitter at @ThushiVijay