Youth between the ages of 15 and 24 have the highest rates of STIs.
1 in 3 girls In the developing world are said to be married before 18.
Only 22 % of young females between the ages of 15-24 have access to contraception.
– State of World Population,
– Girls not Brides
– State of the World Population
Report, UNFPA, 2014
SEXUAL AND REPRODUCTIVE HEALTH AND RIGHTS (SRHR) OF YOUNG PEOPLE
e cannot underestimate the importance of young
reject their feelings, as they have been told these are sinful.
people’s Sexual and Reproductive Health and
As a result, high rates of Sexually Transmitted Infections
Rights: today 1.8
billion 1 of
the world population is under
(STIs), unwanted pregnancies and child marriages are enor-
the age of 24, the majority of which live in developing
mous challenges that many young people face.
countries. SRHR for young people are crucial in the global fight against poverty: matters such as unwanted pregnan-
Young people are naturally sexually active, but we often do
cies and early and forced marriages limit young people
not have the legal right to freely decide on and express our
from living up to their potential. They also prevent us from
sexuality and/or sexual preferences. Neither do we have
contributing optimally to society, which has serious harmful
access to adequate information and health services. Young
effects on our countries’ development.
people all over the world are in dire need of the possibility to make our own choices, supported by comprehensive and
In many countries in the world today, issues concerning young
evidence-based information, access to contraceptives and
people’s sex and sexuality are, however, not openly discussed.
safe abortion care, and youth-friendly services where we
They are surrounded by myths and misconceptions, regarded
are treated with respect and confidentiality.
as taboo topics, and are increasingly punishable by law. Young people are often groping in the dark about many issues and
State of the World Report 2014 ‘the Power of 1.8 billion’ by UNFPA.