Partner: TARSHI

  • June 24, 2015

India has made significant strides towards recognizing sexual rights over the past decade, but cultural, policy, and social challenges continue to limit progress.

TARSHI (Talking About Reproductive and Sexual Health Issues) works towards expanding sexual and reproductive choices in people’s lives in an effort to enable them to enjoy lives of dignity and freedom from fear

Fighting Gender Inequality in India: A Young Feminist’s Awakening

  • May 1, 2015

Pritam Potdar is an Asia Safe Abortion Partnership Youth Champion from India. As a regional coordinator for the nongovernmental organization SAMYAK located in the state of Maharashtra in western India, Pritam has coordinated several projects to promote gender equality among men and boys, and improve community-based sexual and reproductive health interventions for adolescent…

Likhita Banerji at the 2013 Asia and Pacific Population Conference

  • November 19, 2013

Likhita Banerji of the YP Foundation in India speaks about why she is attending the 6th Asia and Pacific Population Conference held in Bangkok. The YP Foundation is a youth run and led organization that supports and enables young people to create programs and influence policies in the areas of gender, sexuality, health, education, the…

Partner: CommonHealth – Coalition for Maternal Neonatal Health and Safe Abortion

  • November 12, 2013

CommonHealth is a coalition of 110 institutions and individuals—including health care providers, researchers, nongovernmental advocates, human rights lawyers, grassroots activists, and public sector program managers—that advocates for better access and higher quality maternal and neonatal health and safe abortion services.

IWHC Young Leaders Tackle Thorny Issue of Outsourced Surrogacy

On July 29, 30 young people joined IWHC for our Young Leaders screening of Made in India, a documentary by Rebecca Haimowitz and Vaishali Sinha about surrogacy outsourcing in India. We were excited to have Vaishali in attendance to answer some of our lingering questions and to help us navigate this layered and complex practice that…

Young Leaders Event Tackles Overseas Surrogacy Issue

  • July 30, 2013

On July 29, 2013, IWHC’s Young Advocates screened "Made in India," a documentary about the phenomena of "outsourcing" surrogate mothers to India.

Tools for "Real Men": Better Comprehensive Sexuality Education for Men and Boys

While doing our training on gender equity with men and boys, an important piece of  feedback we get at the YP Foundation is that many men and boys are struggling with the expectation and aspiration of being what is called “a real man”, a stereotyped figure that expresses limited emotions is handsome, strong, muscular,…

Elements of Success in Gender Equality Programs for Men and Boys

The YP Foundation’s youth-run and led projects have worked with 5,000 young people in Delhi over the past 9 years. We’ve noticed a marked change in the changing attitudes of young men who have participated in programs. Many of them have gone from working as volunteers to becoming peer educators. Referrals between young boys have…

Men Must Experience Gender Equality to Be Able to Live It

‘The YP Foundation’s Know Your Body, Know Your Rights campaign is a youth led and -run peer education, capacity building and advocacy program that works with young people in communities and with policy makers to address gender equality, violence against women, sexual rights and reproductive health by focusing on the need for and implementation of…

Why Engage Boys and Young Men?

Recently the Youth Parliament Foundation (TYPF), which I founded ten years ago in Delhi, conducted 12 consultations for the National AIDS Control Organization in India for recommendations on how the 4th National AIDS Control (NACO)  Programme should be structured to best address HIV prevention education. We talked to 280 young girls and boys from…

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