David Rupa

Country representing

Papua New Guinea

Languages

Pidgin English
English

Education

  • University of Papua New Guinea
  • Bachelor of Science (yet to graduate)

Current organisation

Commonwealth Youth Council

Current role

Representative for Special Interest Groups

Skills and Expertise

Social work

Areas of interest

Human Rights

Website & Social Links

I am passionate about

Actions

For the past 8 years of my voluntary experience, I hosted a Radio/TV Program through financial assistance from the United Nations Population Fund for Youth and Adolescents' Sexual Reproductive Health and Rights on National Radio at age 17. Through the talk-back show I engaged more than 3 million listeners to talk about sexual education and social issues related publicly. Topics covered were Teenage and Unwanted Pregnancy, Child Marriage, Child Labour, HIV/AIDS, Cervical Cancer, Gender Based Violence. This changed the mindset of seeing sex education as a taboo but a responsibility for everyone. This lead me to speak to parliamentary members lobbying to fund for Sexual Health Programs in their provinces at the PNG Parliamentary Forum on Population and Sustainable Development. All this was done under voluntary basis. I also have trained Youths from ages 15-29 on Sexual Reproductive Health, Human Rights, Alcohol and Substance Abuse in Primary Schools, High Schools, Rural Communities and Urban Settlements in Port Moresby. I volunteered as a Peer Educator with PNG National YWCA trained 68 young women and 36 young men on Women's Rights, Domestic Violence, Public Speaking, Sexual reproductive Health and Traditions and Cultures that Place Value in Women. In my capacity as an executive of the Commonwealth Youth Council- Representative for Special Interest Groups, I have aided the establishment of the Commonwealth Youth Human Rights and Democracy Network, Commonwealth Youth Health Network and I'm a member of the Commonwealth Gender Equality Network and the Royal Commonwealth Society. This platforms are at the Pan-Commonwealth level representing 1.2 billion youth between 15-29 in the 53 Commonwealth countries.