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UNFPA Executive Director: adolescent pregnancy is not just a health issue, it’s a development issue

There are over 600 million girls in the world today, more than 500 million of them in developing countries. They are shaping humanity’s present and future. The opportunities and choices girls have during adolescence will enable them to begin adulthood as empowered, active citizens.

With the right skills and opportunities, they can invest in themselves, in their families and their communities. However, pregnancy jeopardizes the rights, health, education and potential of far too many adolescent girls, robbing them of a better future.

Babatunde Osotimehin (UNFPA Executive Director)

Babatunde Osotimehin (UNFPA Executive Director)

About 16 million girls aged 15-19 give birth each year, and complications from pregnancy and child birth are the leading cause of death among girls in this age group, especially in developing countries.

Adolescent pregnancy is not just a health issue, it is a development issue. It is deeply rooted in poverty, gender inequality, violence, child and forced marriage, power imbalances between adolescent girls and their male partners, lack of education, and the failure of systems and institutions to protect their rights. To bring these issues to global attention, this year’s World Population Day is focusing on adolescent pregnancy.

Breaking the cycle of adolescent pregnancy requires commitment from nations, communities and individuals in both developed and developing countries to invest in adolescent girls. Governments should enact and enforce national laws that raise the age of marriage to 18 and should promote community-based efforts that support girls’ rights and prevent child marriage and its consequences.

Adolescents and youth must be provided with age-appropriate comprehensive sexuality education to develop the knowledge and skills they need to protect their health throughout their lives. However, education and information are not enough. Good quality reproductive health services must also be readily available in order for adolescents to make informed choices and be healthy.

At the local level, communities should provide the infrastructure to deliver reproductive health care in a youth-friendly and sensitive way.

Underlying all these efforts is the understanding that the dignity and human rights of adolescent girls must be respected, protected and fulfilled. Today, we call on governments, the international community and all stakeholders involved to take measures that enable adolescent girls to make responsible life choices and to provide the necessary support for them in cases when their rights are threatened. Every young girl, regardless of where she lives, or her economic circumstances, has the right to fulfill her human potential. Today, too many girls are denied that right. We can change that, and we must.

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Posted by on July 11, 2013 in Ghanabakwamena Zone!, Issues!

 

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#AskGilmore! Engage @UNFPA Deputy ED on ‘Young People and Ending Violence Against Women and Girls’

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Post your questions for @UNFPA Deputy ED Kate Gilmore  on ‘Young People and Ending Violence Against Women and Girls’ by posting on our page and using the hashtag #AskGilmore on twitter. Your questions will be shared with her during a video interview today between 7 pm and 8 pm GMT.

 

Ms. Kate Gilmore(Deputy Executive Director (Programme), United Nations Population Fund))

Ms. Kate Gilmore
(Deputy Executive Director (Programme), United Nations Population Fund))

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Post questions on young people & ending violence against women for an interview with UNFPA Deputy ED Kate Gilmore using the tag #AskGilmore

 

 
 

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“VOF World: Spreading the Voices of Tomorrow”

“VOF World is a project designed to communicate the rights of young people around
the world. An emerging project with a big goal ahead. “

The VOF World project was created by James Alcime in Haiti. James is a prominent young man determined to help his community. Inspired by the One Young World global summit , the premier global forum for young people of leadership calibre in 2010 presented in Europe (www.oneyoungworld.com ) , James and his colleague Stephane Lacroix, co-founders of VOF World, decided to create a project that would express the needs and wants often ignored of young people everywhere. From this emerged VOF World, James’s blueprint for tomorrow. VOF World is a media platform and portal with the aim of engaging young people in generating ideas and solutions around current and future issues of population like climate change, urban planning, quality of life, global business, and health. VOF World provides a news portal to all those issues covered, as well as allowing the youth a platform to publicize or develop their own opinions.

On April 10, VOF World celebrated its “100 days celebration”. This commemorated 100 days of hard work, new members, and new partnerships. For that a short documentary was released on April 10, with the participation of great advisers and representatives from more than 20 countries around the world and staff members. The short video will be available through the VOF World portal www.vofworld.com and the VOF World YouTube channel www.youtube.com/vofworld.

Every day VOF World works harder to make this project more effective in the lives of the world’s youth. The VOF World co-founder James Alcime always said: “We are the very unique generation that can change the world and built a better future’’. If you believe in it, join
us and let’s do it. To learn more about VOF World and what we do, visit www.vofworld.com.

 
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