We have close to 236.5 million adolescents in India today. This young generation, aged between 10 and 19 years, is the future of this country. They will drive our economic growth and social development in the decades to come and take us down the road to prosperity, provided we ensure that their health and wellbeing becomes and remains a top national priority.
The Planned Parenthood Association of Ghana (PPAG) has stated that it is working hard to reduce the incidence of teenage pregnancy in the country in the coming years.
It said the decision was in line with the organisation’s policy to promote the physical and mental health of families, especially the youth, through positive sexual behaviour.
Ramya Jawahar Kudekallu, 27, of Bangalore, India, summed it up: “Sexual and reproductive health rights are human rights. It is that simple, inalienable, and non-negotiable.
The legality of homosexuality may still be an open question for the judiciary and the Government is yet to change the law but resource material prepared by the Health Ministry for adolescent peer educators has taken a step in the sensitive direction.
It tells young people that it is all right to “feel attraction” for the opposite sex or the same sex during adolescence. The crucial aspects of all such relationships, it says, are consent and respect.
There is need to expand birth control teachings among teenagers in part to control teenage pregnancies, the Minister for Gender and Family Promotion Esperance Nyirasafari has said.
Pregnancy among teenage girls in Rwanda increased from 6.1 per cent to 7.3 per cent according to the demographic and health survey 2014/2015.
“Youth are increasingly becoming sexually active,” Minister Nyirasafari said at a workshop in Kigali last week.
120 Under 40: The New Generation of Family Planning Leaders recognizes and highlights the achievements of the next generation of family planning leaders worldwide.
Parents are seeking signatures to petition Parliament against a Ministry of Health policy that encourages girls who are 10 years and above to seek family planning. Stephen Langa the Executive Director of Family Life Network says the policy clearly undermines the moral values while a lawyer revealed it contravenes both municipal laws and international conventions.
The bill drew criticism from various quarters for allowing child marriage in the name of 'special cases'
The government has passed a controversial law allowing marriages of underage girls and boys in ‘special cases’, ignoring repeated calls of the rights groups.
The ‘Child Marriage Restraint Bill 2017’ puts boys below 21 years of age and girls below 18 years in the underage category. Any marriage involving one or both parties below the legal age will be considered ‘child marriage’, reports UNB.
The National Population Council (NPC) had held a two-day workshop to build the capacity of the cast of a television series that promote adolescent sexuality and rights, to be role models and ambassadors in their localities.
The cast, who are themselves young persons star in the YOLO (You only live once) television series that seeks to increase young people's access to appropriate health information and health services by enhancing the social, legal and cultural environment for the improvement of young people's reproductive health.
Outsiders see Nairobi’s second-largest slum, Mathare, as a dead end. But a program that offers kids training in photography and filmmaking gives girls the chance to dispel the myth and show Mathare as a place of hope.