Tell Them about Sex Education. They Deserve To Know.

“I don’t want to have sex, but my friends say I have to or the relationship isn’t real.”

“Is it true that I’m supposed to have sex with him if he pays for the movie?”

“Where do I go if I get an sexually transmitted infection? I don’t know what to do.”

“Can I get pregnant the first time I have sex?”


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The Youth Voice is Getting Louder

With nearly half of the world’s population under the age of 25, it is critical that the new global agenda on development places young people’s voices and needs at its center. The Millennium Development Goals, despite their many clear benefits for development, rendered further invisible the needs of youth and adolescents by failing to prioritize their rights. As we move towards a universal framework anchored in the principles of equality and sustainable development, young people are emerging to demand their place at the table.


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Global Access to Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights

The seven billion people sharing the planet face a number of global challenges that span economic, social, and environmental development. These include climate change, environmental degradation, food and water insecurity, state fragility, economic crises, poverty, and growing inequality. These challenges manifest themselves differently around the world and contribute to widening inequalities between and within countries.


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A Crucial Agenda for the Post-2015 Framework

In 2014, we are at a crucial point. We must design a new global development agenda that will support the creation of a sustainable world without social inequalities that our grandchildren will be able to enjoy. Securing the sexual and reproductive health and rights is central to achieving this vision.


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The Will and the Skill to Reduce Teen Pregnancy

According to the Central Statistical Office of the Ministry of Planning and the Economy, the teenage pregnancy rate in Trinidad and Tobago has not changed significantly over the last fifteen years. Nearly 1 in 6 young women becomes pregnant as a teen. Adolescence is a time when girls and boys learn to master a variety of developmental tasks in order to be ready to face the challenges of adulthood, and adolescent pregnancy creates nearly insurmountable barriers to those tasks.


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Experiences of a Youth Volunteer

The first time I heard about PLAFAM was three years ago. Who would have thought that I would end up connected to this organization through community service, and that my experience would go even further than that when I become a volunteer?


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Women in Belize Tell Their Stories

Over the course of a month in San Ignacio, Belize, I spoke with women about their experiences in their relationships and in their communities with regard to family planning. These women, whose ages ranged from 24 to 50, were open and generous when sharing their stories. We talked about a variety of things, like where they learned about sex and their experiences with pregnancy. Although their lives were different, there were similarities in every woman’s story.


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Court Issues Decision on Abortion Restrictions in Bolivia

In a ruling that marks a significant step forward for women’s rights in the region, Bolivia’s highest court, the Plurinational Constitutional Court, issued a decision ending the requirement for judicial authorization for women seeking legal abortion in Bolivia.

“This court ruling represents an important step for Bolivia,” said Ipas Bolivia Interim Director Malena Morales. “It removes some of the legal barriers that women face when seeking legal abortion care.”


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Filling the Gap in Venezuela

Venezuela has one of the highest teen pregnancy rates in Latin America, and after a stroll through Caracas, it's not hard to believe. Young women with pregnant bellies or babies are readily seen.

In 2011, the Ministry of Health reported that nearly 1 in 3 pregnancies were among young women between 15 and 19 years old. Yet, comprehensive sexuality education isn’t a mandatory part of the school curriculum. Instead, local health providers are left to fill the gap.


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How do Women in the Peruvian Jungle Access Family Planning?

You know where I get birth control pills? I get them in my mailbox. Every three months, I receive a large, white envelope that gives me the freedom to choose when and whether to have a child. I thought about this envelope when I was in the jungle in Peru, where many women live their entire lives with no access to contraceptives.


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