FP2020 is pleased to announce that Margaret Bolaji, Research Associate at the Population and Reproductive Health Initiative at the Ahmadu Bello University Teaching Hospital in Kaduna State, Nigeria, and Vice President of the UNFPA Youth Advisory Group, will serve as the newly appointed youth seat representative on FP2020’s Reference Group, which provides overall strategic direction for the global partnership.
The almost 50 million young people aged 10–24 in Nigeria face many challenges to their sexual and reproductive health (SRH). MyQuestion is a platform that allows young people to ask SRH questions via text message. Trained counselors provide responses using a database of answers to frequently asked questions or customized replies.
Young people are not a homogeneous group. Certain groups of young people, such as married adolescents, young people living with HIV, and young key affected populations, may face distinct challenges. Furthermore, young people’s needs vary by age and context; they may live in urban or rural environments, be in school or out of school, or live on the streets or in areas affected by humanitarian crises.
Young married women and first-time parents (FTPs) face a unique set of challenges to living healthy sexual and reproductive lives. This training aims to give health care providers the knowledge and skills they need to meet the needs of these groups. This training is designed for use in francophone West Africa, where a significant proportion of adolescent girls aged 15–19 and young women aged 20–24 are married or living in union, but it can easily be adapted for other settings.
This training aims to impart the skills needed for peers to facilitate small groups of young married women and first-time parents (FTPs), which can reduce these young women’s social isolation and increase knowledge of sexual and reproductive health. This training is designed for use in francophone West Africa, where a significant proportion of adolescent girls aged 15–19 and young women aged 20–24 are married or living in union, but it can easily be adapted for other settings.
Devex films (with 360 degree interactivity) a design immersion project hosted by PSI Tanzania, where one team prototyped a way to connect teenage girls, providers, and nyakangas, who lead ceremonies that mark the transition from girlhood to womanhood.
We are in the midst of a unique youth bulge where 1.8 billion people are between the ages of 10-24. This is particularly acute in developing countries where 90% of all young people live, with 42% of them in DFID countries.
At the Department for International Development we are committed to putting these young people at the heart of our work. Our programming will support young people to make successful transitions to adulthood, and we will work with young people as agents of social change and as passionate advocates seeking to shape and influence the world that they will inherit.
This month, ICRW, in partnership with Girls Not Brides, released 10 briefs that provide a short, accessible introduction to incorporating child marriage prevention and response efforts cross a range of sectors and programs. The briefs are useful for a variety of actors working in different sectors globally, including Health; Education; Democracy, Human Rights and Governance; Economic Growth and Workforce Development; Conflict and Crisis; Food Security and Nutrition; Agriculture, Energy and the Environment; Gender-based Violence; and Youth.
In India, child marriage persists across the country. Although there has been a significant decline in child marriage for females throughout the country, especially for girls below the age of 15 years, child marriage continues to affect almost a third of all girls in India. In fact, a significant percentage of Indian women continue to marry between the ages of 15 and 17 years-old.