20 February 2019
Youth Coalition for Sexual and Reproductive Rights
In 2018, The Youth Coalition for Sexual and Reproductive Rights (YCSRR) continued our commitment to increase the integration and understanding of comprehensive sexuality education (CSE) in programs, policies, guidelines and recommendations of international organizations, with the aim to ensure the principles of equity, accountability, and sustainability. During the Seventh International Parliamentarians’ Conference on the Implementation of the ICPD Programme of Action (IPCI/ICPD), the YCSRR co-facilitated a session on “Young People and Comprehensive Sexuality Education”, which in addition to unpacking the benefits of CSE, provided clarity on the role of parliamentarians in securing and advancing CSE in domestic law and policy, as well as donor resource mobilization. Furthermore, we participated in the 2018 United Nations Girls Education Initiative (UNGEI) Global Advisory Committee Meeting to discuss gains, gaps, and politics on CSE as well as reviewed UNGEI’s key advocacy messages and positions on CSE.
In 2017, Youth Coalition for Sexual and Reproductive Rights developed our commitment with comprehensive sexuality education and youth friendly services advocacy by organizing a project called Embracing Controversy: CSE advocacy in conservative Europe, this project included two webinars and an in-person consultation in Poland with young advocates. Besides this project our organization has taken part of the expert out-of-school CSE consultation and High Level Preparatory Meeting on Summit to Advance CSE in Oslo, Norway. Youth Coalition has taken part in advocacy at the international level to push for sexual and reproductive health and rights issues for young people, especially those from underserved populations.
The Youth Coalition for Sexual and Reproductive Rights commits to increase the collaboration between youth from the health and education sectors to ensure the integration of Comprehensive Sexuality Education and Youth and Adolescent Friendly Healthcare Services. Through trainings and workshops with young educators and health care providers, the YCSRR will promote a rights-based approach to sexual and reproductive health and rights for youth and adolescents. The YCSRR aims to fulfill this commitment by 2019.
Despite the ample evidence that shows the important role of Comprehensive Sexuality Education in reducing unwanted pregnancies, delaying sexual debut, challenging gender norms, among others, many countries fail to recognize its importance and fail to ensure the participation of adolescents and young people, or other relevant sectors and actors, in its implementation. The YCSRR aims to highlight and strengthen the understanding of sexual and reproductive rights of young people in the health and education sectors, both regionally and globally. YCSRR aims to mitigate the lack of training for education and health providers on how to best address the needs of adolescents and young people, especially those from underserved populations.
Youth Coalition has made progress towards our EWEC commitment through conducting four advocacy trainings that have equipped young people with rights-based advocacy skills and training skills to address health inequalities in their communities. These trainings took a cross-sectoral approach, engaging health providers, educators and government stakeholders. In addition, Youth Coalition has taken part in advocacy at the international level to push for the inclusion of a rights-based approach to sexual and reproductive health and rights in education curricula and guidance documents.
The Youth Coalition for Sexual and Reproductive Rights (YCSRR) commits to continue promoting the sexual and reproductive health and rights of adolescent girls and young women, in order to help ensure full and unconditional access to comprehensive sexuality education, and quality sexual and reproductive health services, including emergency contraception and safe abortion services. We will advocate at the international level; support the capacity of youth who are advocating for sexual and reproductive rights; and generate knowledge about adolescent girls’ and young women’s health and rights.