There are 1.2 billion people between the ages of 10 and 19 in the world today–the largest generation of adolescents ever. Around the world, strong and dynamic youth movements are gaining momentum—and so are their human rights and social justice agendas. From Nigeria to Peru, young people are securing access to comprehensive sexuality education and reproductive health care, and engaging with policymakers locally, nationally, and internationally.
Our resources on youth health and rights include factsheets on comprehensive sexuality education, exemplary curricula, and reports about the impact of HIV, violence, and other factors on the health and rights of young people.
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Building Support for Adolescent Health Education and Services in Nigeria: Reflections from the ExperWritten By International Women's Health CoalitionWednesday, 08 May 2002
Adenike Esiet, Executive Director, AHI (Nigeria)
For Nigeria's over 24 million adolescents aged 10-19, there are several challenges that come with surviving in today's fast-changing world. The traditional norms and behavioral controls that once guided adolescence are breaking down due to several factors that include increasing poverty, rural-urban migration, and the influence of the world media. With the increasing opportunity to acquire formal education, many more young people are spending more years in school and consequently, they are getting married later, especially in the urban areas of Nigeria.
Written By International Women's Health CoalitionWednesday, 08 May 2002
Shazia Mohamed, Founder and Director of Aahung (Pakistan)
Introduction: A Confusing Beginning
Pakistan's approximately 40 million adolescents, like untold hundreds of millions the world over, receive mixed messages about sexuality. At home, many of them learn that sex is shameful. Their parents fear that providing even the most basic information about reproduction will unleash their sexual desires. Yet on television, teens see sex used overtly to sell items like deodorant and chewing gum. In their neighborhoods, especially in the cities, many are exposed to pornography or perhaps to a poverty-stricken neighbor who must sell sex to feed her children. Many of their peers may experiment sexually, while their teacher skips the chapter in their biology textbook on reproductive processes out of embarrassment or shyness. Religious leaders seldom discuss sex, and when they do their emphasis is usually on the dangers of premarital sex. Furthermore, as Pakistani boys and girls undergo physical changes, the world around responds with a new set of expectations—expectations of roles and responsibilities that are defined strictly on the basis of whether they are male or female. Along with the hormonal changes that accompany puberty, how can these adolescents be anything but confused about their bodies and their sexual feelings?
Written By International Women's Health CoalitionTuesday, 02 April 2002
Coming to Terms with Politics and Gender: The Evolution of an Adolescent Reproductive Health ProgramWritten By International Women's Health CoalitionTuesday, 01 January 2002
Written By International Women's Health CoalitionWednesday, 20 June 2001
The New York Times, June 20, 2001
By Pascoal Mocumbi
MAPUTO, Mozambique—In the special United Nations session on AIDS next week, there will be much discussion about international aid, about drugs and vaccines. But there is likely to be too little said about what is the primary means by which AIDS is spread in sub-Saharan Africa: risky heterosexual sex.
Written By International Women's Health CoalitionFriday, 01 June 2001
Written By International Women's Health CoalitionSaturday, 01 April 2000
Written By International Women's Health CoalitionSaturday, 01 January 2000
Written By International Women's Health CoalitionTuesday, 30 November 1999
Written By International Women's Health CoalitionTuesday, 30 November 1999Your contribution will help us support activists like Esther Endalé (right), pictured here outside the Maroua, Cameroun, office of ALVF (The Association for the Struggle Against Violence Against Women), a group co-founded by Esther and five colleagues in 1991. Click here to meet more of IWHC's colleagues worldwide.
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