Our Global Impact
Abortion has been legal in South Africa for 20 years. But poverty, lack of access to information, and stigma remain significant barriers to actually obtaining safe abortion services.
Many governments refuse to provide comprehensive sexuality education to young people, leaving a void of information about sexual and reproductive health and rights. Local organizations like TICAH are working to fill that void.
Governments must act immediately to halt the spread of HIV among its young populations, and young people themselves must be at the center of these efforts. But young people thus far have been noticeably absent from the decision-making process, and not for lack of trying.
The declaration makes bold new commitments to realize human rights, address the drivers of HIV among women and girls, and give young people the information and services they need to better protect themselves from HIV. But it fails to address discrimination against and criminalization of key populations affected by HIV.