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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

NFPA, 2013

Report, UNFPA, 2014

SEXUAL AND REPRODUCTIVE HEALTH AND RIGHTS (SRHR) OF YOUNG PEOPLE

W

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

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State of the World Report 2014 ‘the Power of 1.8 billion’ by UNFPA.

CHOICE Annual Report 2014  
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