There is consensus that girls are central to development. Yet, girls continue to bear the brunt of poverty and ill-health, including maternal mortality, unsafe abortion and HIV. Issues relating to girls’ sexuality and their sexual and reproductive rights remain largely neglected. According to the...Read more
As a sexual human being, I feel I have the right to access contraceptive information and services even though, unfortunately, there are still harmful myths and taboos about young people’s sexual and reproductive health. Young people in my indigenous Mayan community face particular obstacles from...Read more
Last month, several staff members from IPPF’s Central Office visited our Member Association, Asociación Civil de Planificación Familiar (PLAFAM), in Caracas, Venezuela. They went to familiarize themselves with and document the organization’s work as a pioneer in advocacy and the delivery of sexual...Read more
In Trinidad and Tobago, the rates of teenage pregnancy and HIV prevalence are quite high. The adolescent birth rate in the country is 33 births per 1,000 girls aged 15-19, and there were 15,000 people living with HIV in 2009. At the end of 2009, an estimated 240,000 people were living with HIV in...Read more
In the wake of the 2010 earthquake, adolescent girls in Haiti became increasingly responsible for caring for their younger siblings and for earning an income. Over two years later, girls living in IDP camps and other relocation sites, particularly those without parents, remain vulnerable to...Read more
More than ever before, young people in Mexico and around the world are using the internet to research contraceptives and other reproductive health issues. This brings a new level of responsibility to information technology, particularly social media. Websites, mobile applications, and social...Read more
When addressing the sexual and reproductive health needs of young people in Latin America and the Caribbean, we must first identify the many obstacles they face. More than 90 percent of young people in the region know at least one contraceptive method, but usage rates remain low, especially in...Read more
Upon entering the offices of Belize Family Life Association (BFLA), I immediately felt cozy. Colorful murals covered the walls and the atmosphere is attractive and informal -- the perfect setting for a program exclusively for youth. After a lunch of an amazing variety of homemade tamales, I found...Read more
Realizing that a holistic and accurate sex education program relies on more than just the school system, NGOs have stepped in to fill the gap. The Jamaica Family Planning Association (JFPA) is one organization working to empower young people--and the institutions that serve them--to access sexual...Read more
On today's National Day, Jamaica is celebrating a half-century of independence. As the country enters its 50th year of sovereignty, our partner FAMPLAN Jamaica is approaching its own anniversary: 55 years of bringing sexual and reproductive health and rights to all Jamaicans. FAMPLAN has played a...Read more