Youth Activists Claim Their Rights at the UN

Last week we blogged about what’s been happening at the UN’s Commission on the Status of Women – the meeting ran all last week and continues until March 12.

The Youth Coalition and YouAct have had members present and shaking things up at the UN, including some of the young people who attended IWHC’s Advocacy in Practice training. Last week the group ruffled some feathers with their t-shirts (pictured), and had this to say in a press statement:

    On Friday, during the lunch break for government delegates, the coalition of young people made a statement for the support of their rights. Fifteen young men and women, wearing T-shirts with statements such as ‘Dead healthy women’, ‘unplanned pregnancies’ and ‘misinformed’, took a strong stand for
    achieving the goals that were set in Beijing fifteen years ago. “We demand access to comprehensive sexuality information, services and supplies for all young people. We need it today – and today needed to be yesterday.”

    The young people from more than 20 countries and every continent collectively demand their sexual and reproductive rights:
    – All young people must have access to comprehensive sexuality
    education and sexual and reproductive health services, including contraception and emergency contraception, in order to avoid unintended pregnancies.
    – Accessible, affordable and safe abortions should be made part of the minimum packages of sexual and reproductive health services.
    – All young people should have access to psycho-social health services for prevention of gender-based violence and violence against women.

    The cohort of young people believe that decision makers attending the 54th session of the Commission on the Status of Women need to listen to the needs and demands of young people and promote their human rights including sexual and reproductive rights to ensure the health and wellbeing of women, young people, and all people worldwide.

Learn More:
Youth Coalition Factsheet: Young People and Universal Access to Reproductive Health
>IWHC Factsheet: Overlooked and Uninformed: Young Adolescents’ Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights



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