Raising the Youth Voice on Population and Reproductive Rights
Nearly half of the world´s population is under the age of 25, or more than 3 billion people. In some areas of the world, young women (ages 15-19) are twice as likely to lack access to contraceptives they desire as women over the age of twenty. As policy-makers hammer out a final text at the UN Rio+20 Earth Summit, youth activists from around the world are raising their voices and participation levels in an attempt to shape global policies affecting the sexual and reproductive rights of youth.
At an official side event on youth sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR), panelists from all over the world spoke of the need to get a rights-based perspective to SRHR into the discussion on sustainable development. In particular the panel emphasized gender inequalities and what sustainable development actually means to young women and girls.