The Pleasure Principle

In the words of Janet Jackson, circa 1986, “It’s the pleasure principle!” Yet, those of us working to advance the sexual and reproductive rights of adolescent girls often forget this and are reluctant to talk about pleasure.

Young Adolescents’ Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights: Sub-Saharan Africa

  • October 6, 2016

>>Available in Word and PDF

>>Also available in French

Young Adolescents’ Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights: Latin America and the Caribbean

  • October 6, 2016

>>Available in Word and PDF

>>Also available in Portuguese and Spanish

Young Adolescents’ Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights: Middle East and North Africa

  • October 6, 2016

International agreements affirm that adolescents have a right to age-appropriate sexual and reproductive health information, education, and services that enable them to deal positively and responsibly with their sexuality. However, programs and policies are typically designed for older adolescents. This brief—part of the International Women’s Health Coalition’s 2007 series on young adolescents—uses evidence on their…

New Approaches to Sex Education

This is a liveblog of a session from the Sex::Tech – Focus on Youth conference, held in San Francisco on March 22 & 23, 2009. New Approaches to Sex Education…

Sexual Rights Online and IRL: The International Scene

I’ve been spending Sunday and Monday in San Francisco at the second annual Sex::Tech – Focus on Youth conference, which attracts non-profit, advocacy, youth rights, reproductive health and tech folks from all over the place. This year I gave a talk about the online work that IWHC is doing and supporting to foster sexuality…

Denying Young People the Right to Know (Part 2)

The YP Foundation creates a space in society where young people access the resources, training and mentoring they need to be able to set up and host their own projects with us. These projects target a range of socio-cultural, political, economic, environmental and legal issues that the youth in India feel need to be addressed…

Quick Refresher Course: The Meaning of the Word “Choice”

At a side event for the Commission on the Status of Women today, I was once again saddened and frustrated by the disconnect between reality and theory that seems to exist for the abstinence-only crowd. They’ve co-opted the language of comprehensive sexuality education and are quickly learning to distort it. Abstinence-only presentations…

Denying Young People the Right to Know (Part 1)

When you grow up in urban India like I have, it’s almost like growing up with two identities at the same time. The first is all about your own world. You’re a young person, trying to establish yourself in a society that traditionally, doesn’t really listen to young people. And so you meet this second…