WYA Asia Pacific Concludes 10th Emerging Leaders Conference

Manila, Philippines  November 27, 2021 – World Youth Alliance Asia Pacific (WYAAP) caps off their 2-day 10th Virtual Emerging Leaders Conference (ELC) entitled Compassion In Action.

With over 80 delegates and 6 speakers from different countries, the 10th ELC became a meaningful space where WYA members in Asia Pacific could learn about the value of life, compassion for others and authentic solidarity amidst trying times. 

Day 1 of the event, hosted by WYA Advocates Isabel Gengos from the Philippines and Neeti Mahajan from India, opened with Regional Director Miko Superable with an introduction to the theme. “Our dignity is a gift that can never be taken away. Our job as a society is to take care of each other and encourage life even when others struggle to see what life means anymore” Miko shared talking about the value of life in the context of assisted suicide and euthanasia. 

Dr. Choi from Seoul delivering a presentation on the bioethics.

Following his talk, was Sofia Piecuch, WYA Director of Advocacy who provided an informative talk on the primary points and ideas in the WYA White Paper on Assisted Suicide and Euthanasia. She was then followed by Renee Joubert, Executive Director of Euthanasia Free New Zealand. Calling from her hometown in New Zealand, she cited the work that their group has done to prevent euthanasia bills from being passed. Next up was Dr. Kyung Suk Choi, Associate Professor from the Ewha University Law School. Calling from Seoul, he talked about compelling Euthanasia case studies in his hometown of Korea.

Closing out the day was Dr. Calum Miller, Associate Researcher from the United Kingdom, who talked about the value of life and compassion for euthanasia. 

Cat Triviño of MindNation discussing the importance of mindset.

Day 2 of the event was hosted by WYA Advocate Neeti Mahajan from India and WYA Singapore Chapter coordinator Megan Ling. It featured two meaningful and wonderful talks by Mental Health Advocate and Marketing Director of MindNation Cat Triviño and Philippine Red Cross WASH Office representative Frances Mae Mata, both of whom talked about compassion for the self and for others. 

WYA would like to thank Center For Business Administration in Kabul, Afghanistan and De La Salle University-Laguna Campus in the Philippines for helping us send delegates to the event. They would also like to extend their thanks to wonderful volunteers, interns and chapter heads who helped make the event possible.

For questions on WYA Asia Pacific events, contact asiapacific@wya.net.