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More than 2 million 10 to 19 year-olds are living with HIV. – State of World Population 2014

Youth between the ages of 15 and 24 have the highest rates of STIs. – State of World Population, UNFPA, 2013

Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer or Questioning, and Intersex (LGBTQI) people and same-sex activities and relationships are penalized with the death penalty in five countries, as well as in parts of Nigeria and Somalia. In 78 countries and 4 entities they are penalized with imprisonment. – ILGA World Map 2014

MEANINGFUL YOUTH PARTICIPATION

W

hen decisions are to be made, or policies and

grams and laws is of great importance. CHOICE helps

programs are developed concerning young

young people to advocate for their rights on all levels:

people, we have the fundamental right to co-decide on

from local projects to global politics. We are convinced

these matters. No one understands the issues and needs

that when the voice of young people is heard more loud-

of young people better than we do ourselves. We are

ly and clearly, programs and policies can be implemented

exploring and discovering our sexuality, but we are too

more effectively, as they would then more accurately and

seldom actively involved in policy and decision-making

directly reflect the actual needs of young people. Our

processes in this domain. To ensure Meaningful Youth

battle for more and more Meaningful Youth Participation

Participation, our involvement during the development,

is therefore essential.

implementation and evaluation stages of policies, pro-

“NO ONE UNDERSTANDS THE ISSUES AND NEEDS OF YOUNG PEOPLE BETTER THAN WE DO OURSELVES.”

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CHOICE Annual Report 2014