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Reaping the Demographic Dividend: the Role of Young People in Sustainable Development

By: Isaac Ejakhegbe, Women Deliver Young Leader

Young people between the ages of 10 and 24 make up 1.8 billion  of the world population—they are strong, vibrant and have the potential to bring about huge development and social progress in any economy. With more young people concentrated in low- and middle-income countries, developing nations need to harness the strengths and advantages of having a surge in the youth population, one  that only needs to be educated and empowered in order to turn the fortune of their nations around. Read more...

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...

Youth Must Help Lead the Movement for Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights

By: Ana Aguilera, Women Deliver Young Leader; Originally Posted on Ipas

A volcanic eruption has prevented young leaders from convening this week at the now-postponed International Conference on Family Planning. But it won’t stop us from talking about the importance of youth voices on this topic!

Young people both need and have a right to access comprehensive and integrated sexual and reproductive health-care services. This includes contraceptive services; pregnancy care; the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of sexually transmitted infections; and safe and accessible abortion.

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Stigma Deters Young People from Accessing Contraception in Nigeria

By: Nnamdi Eseme, Women Deliver Young Leader; Originally posted on Thomson Reuters Foundation

Many young people have limited access to sexual and reproductive health services, making it hard for them to access family planning and HIV services. According to the World Health Organization (WHO) around 225 million women in developing countries would like to delay or stop childbearing but are not using any method of contraception. 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...

Girls and Women at the Heart of the Discussion Throughout UNGA and CGI

By: Brittany Tatum, Women Deliver 
Looking back at 11 intense days of the United Nations General Assembly and The Clinton Global Initiative Annual Meeting, one thing is very apparent: The health, rights, and wellbeing of girls and women was at the center of more discussions than ever before.

Women Deliver and many valued partners carried the torch and made sure that one message was heard – and seen - loud and clear at countless events throughout the week: Girls and women are drivers of change and need to be placed at the center of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). This past week, Women Deliver representatives and some Young Leaders made their way from UN Assembly Halls to high-level receptions, all to ensure that girl’s, women’s, and young people’s voices were part of the conversation during these these pivotal two weeks of discussions. Read More... 

Say NO to Child Labour and YES to Quality Education

By: Isaac Oriafo Ejakhegbe, Women Deliver Young Leader

“Education helps young people know about trending issues like the Sustainable Development Goals, one’s basic right as citizens and how to contribute to government developmental plan”  - 13, Junior

Between 50 and 60 million children between five and 11 worldwide are involved in some form of labour according to the ILO. This labour may threaten their education, health, and safety and too often many of these children are engaged in a manner that is hidden from the public eyes or in settings where child labour is considered normal and acceptable.

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...

Why Are Youth Voices Around the World So Valuable?

By: Stephanie Pasewaldt; Originally posted on: Girls' Globe

As a college student passionate about empowering youth and improving conditions in developing countries, I have thought about the ways and means to making a difference. I asked myself, “How can I, personally, make a difference to help create sustainable change?” I brainstormed about what areas needed the most attention. My thoughts and ideas grew out of information I had come across, articles read, conversations with people who worked in NGOs, and on my experiences from a volunteer trip to Tanzania two years ago. When Girl’s Globe launched their #YouthVoices campaign, I suddenly understood that I was not thinking about igniting change in the best, most efficient way possible. Read More...
 

Young People, the Change Makers!

By: Marsida Bandilli; Originally Posted on: Huffington Post 

Former UN secretary general Kofi Annan said: "No one is born a good citizen; no nation is born a democracy. Rather, both are processes that continue to evolve over a lifetime. Young people must be included from birth. A society that cuts itself off from its youth severs its lifeline; it is condemned to bleed to death." Read More...

The Importance of Comprehensive Sexuality Education

By: Maureen Odour, Women Deliver Young Leader

The right to education is a human right. Investing in education is the right thing to do; it enables young people to transition into decent work and empowers girls and young women to fulfill their dreams and aspirations for equality. Young people everywhere have the right to quality education, including comprehensive sexuality education (CSE), and together we can make it happen. Read More... 

 

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