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1) KNOW YOUR RIGHTS AND STAND UP
You have the
right to make free and educated choices about your body and your life-including
your sexuality and if and when you want to marry and have a child-based on the
information and services you need to lead a just and healthy life. These rights
are human rights, and therefore apply to people of every age. Communities based
on human rights and equality are only possible when young people fully engage in
advocacy and the decisions that concern their sexual and reproductive rights and
2) LEARN ABOUT THE ISSUES YOUNG
Read about issues that are particularly important for
young people worldwide at www.iwhc.org:
Child marriage and early pregnancy
Preventing cervical cancer
3) SPEAK OUT
Tell others what you know and
share your perspective on the rights and health of young people:
Write a letter to the editor when you read a newspaper
article that inspires you or seems out of step with what you know.
Call Congress to encourage legislation that could
improve the lives of girls and women worldwide. Call the Congressional
switchboard at 202-225-3121 (House) or 202-224-3121 (Senate). To learn who your
Members of Congress are, visit www.house.gov or www.senate.gov.
4) SHARE YOUR VISION
Do you dream of a world where
all girls and women are free from discrimination, sexual coercion, and violence?
Where they make free and informed choices about their bodies? Join other young
advocates from almost 20 countries around the world in sharing your ideas for a
healthy tomorrow: www.iwhc.org/youngvisionaries/shareyourvision.cfm.
5) GET INVOLVED
Sign up for news and resource updates,
including opportunities for action, from the International Women's Health
Coalition at www.iwhc.org/signup.cfm. Check out the Youth
Coalition-another organization mobilizing young people worldwide-at www.youthcoalition.org.