Youth Take Action in Ecuador

We are an agile and sophisticated network of advocates for sexual and reproductive health and rights that works in nearly every country throughout the Americas. IPPF/WHR works side-by-side with individuals and organizations to strengthen their advocacy skills and develop robust civil society coalitions. We invest in youth leaders by building their capacity to shape the policies that affect their lives and to hold their governments accountable. Together, our network works to ensure that policies and programs meet the real-life needs of local communities.

In collaboration with CEPAM, our local partner in Ecuador, 26-year-old Cinthia Cuero has been mobilizing young people to demand the inclusion of sexual and reproductive health in the national youth law. If the legislation is passed, Ecuadorian youth will have better access to the health care and information they want, need, and deserve. In this video, follow Cinthia on her journey toward securing legislative victories and changing the relationship among government, civil society, and young people.

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Janet E. Olmsted

It is inspiring to see young people advocating for the right to reproductive freedom. In my own country we have gone rapidly backward in these crucial rights. Abortion has been criminalized again. Ignorance has been encouraged with the lies for "abstinence only" replacing truth about contraception. Even access to information about contraception for girls and women has been made difficult if not impossible. Ecuadoran youth: I salute you.

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