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Future reproductive freedom starts by giving youth a seat at the table

By: Susan Ehlers & Katja Iversen ; Originally posted on Devex

When Ephraim Kisangala describes what he sees as a physician in Uganda, his voice is heavy with the weight of his work. He tells the story of his patient Jovia (not her real name) is a 14-year-old Ugandan girl who became pregnant after being raped by a family member. Jovia’s pelvis was too narrow and underdeveloped to deliver her baby, so Ephraim was forced to perform an emergency cesarean section. Jovia still hopes to pursue an education, though as a young, single mother it will not be easy. Read More...

Beyond World AIDS Day, Continuing the Work to End HIV in Nigeria

By: Isaac Ejakhegbe, Women Deliver Young Leader

While scientific advances have been made in HIV treatment and laws exist to protect people living with HIV, the work is not over. Worldwide, a large proportion of all new HIV infections occur in people under age 25. In Africa, the burden of HIV among youth is high. Despite this, many young people in Nigeria do not know the facts about how to protect themselves, and both stigma and discrimination remain a reality for people—particularly young people—living with the condition. Read more...

Ensuring Access to Education on Universal Children’s Day and Beyond

By: Joannes Yimbesalu, Women Deliver Young Leader

Every November 20th, I am reminded of my childhood and the fun of simply being a child. But I’m also reminded of the millions of children across the world who are denied their rights because they are children.

As Universal Children’s Day and the National Day of the Child, countries observe November 20th as a day of worldwide fraternity and understanding between children and a way to promote the ideals and objectives of the Charter and the welfare of the children of the world. This day marks significant international landmarks in children’s rights, including the United Nations General Assembly’s adoption of both the Declaration of the Rights of the Child in 1959 and the Convention of the Rights of the Child in 1989. Read more...

Family Planning: A Challenge for Adolescent Girls

By: Angeline Makore, Women Deliver Young Leader; Originally posted on: K4Health

The issue of family planning has been an enormous challenge for ordinary African girls. In most instances, this is due to a lack of adequate and medically accurate information on sexual and reproductive health, youth-friendly services, family support services, and affordability. A typical example of this is Ruva. Read More...

Meet 10 Young Leaders Who Are Creating A Better World

By: Johnson & Johnson; Originally posted on: Huffington Post 

Among the coming-of-age, hyper-connected generation of millennials are numerous young people driven to make a positive difference in the world. Many have even harnessed their social voices to speak out against the problems facing their communities. Proving that we can all contribute to making the world a better place, no matter our age, we’ve partnered with Johnson & Johnson to recognize 10 young leaders in sustainable development who are dedicated to achieving big goals for a better future for women and children. Read More...

Europe’s Feminists - Be radical, and Tackle the Root Causes!

By: Marinella Matejcic and Lucía Berro Pizzarossa, Women Deliver Young Leaders

Women in Europe today still face many challenges in the fight for equal rights and access to opportunities: women continue to face barriers to reproductive services, formal employment, and equal political participation, and violence against women remains endemic. As a part of Europe's feminist movement, we have a lot of work to do! Read More...

 

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