Top 5 Blogs about Youth Sexual Rights in 2012

Mia Mazer, Media and Communications Intern

In 2012, youth advocates across Latin America and the Caribbean worked hard to secure legislative victories and gain access to information and services. They also pushed for fundamental changes in the relationship between government, civil society, and young people in Latin America and the Caribbean. The following are 5 blogs that demonstrate their struggles and successes.

1. ¿Qué Pasó Con Lo Firmado?: I Demand My Sexuality Education

Four years ago, at the International AIDS Conference in Mexico City, ministers of health and education from Latin America and the Caribbean promised to expand comprehensive sexuality education programs for young people. Four years ago, we were promised that the two ministries would work together to include young people in the design of public policies for sexuality education and youth-friendly health services to prevent new HIV infections among young people. Click here to continue reading.

2. Rio+20 is About Youth Sexual Rights

On the road to Rio+20, the negotiations for an outcome document are almost at an end, but still, we need to ensure that the outcome of the negotiations really reflect the needs of people around the world, particularly young people. In the Rio+20 process, we cannot forget that this whole process is about people, our rights, our wellbeing, and our needs. To speak about sustainable development is also to speak about human rights, including sexual and reproductive rights, especially for young people and adolescents. Click here to continue reading.

3. Championing the Power of Youth Advocacy in Guatemala

Adolescent fertility rates in Latin America and the Caribbean surpass the world average, and more than 1 in 3 women in the region give birth before the age of 20. In rural areas, the adolescent birth rate is even higher. This is partly due to severe income disparities between the rich and the poor in the region that translate into disparities in access, sexuality education, contraception and health care. Click here to continue reading.

4. Dominican Republic Gains a National Policy of Teenage Pregnancy Prevention

In 2009, the Dominican Republic adopted a new constitution that rolled back gains on comprehensive sexual and reproductive health services. Given the relationship between unsafe abortion and maternal mortality, the new constitution was a serious blow to women’s health and rights. Within an already challenging landscape, it created new barriers for women—particularly young women—who sought to access sexual and reproductive health care. Click here to continue reading.

5. Bolivian Youth Turn Their Needs into Reality

More than five million Bolivians live in poverty and approximately six million Bolivians are excluded from basic health services. For over two decades, CIES, IPPF/WHR’s Member Association in Bolivia, has played a lead role in addressing this critical situation. Click here to continue reading.


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