1 in 3 girls get married before age 18 in developing countries which has led to adolescent birth rate reaching 44.1%. 830 women die each day from preventable causes related to pregnancy and childbirth making it one of the leading causes of death for girls aged 15 to 19 worldwide.Along with that, unmet need of contraception rates at 26.2%. Unavailability of modern contraceptives leads to unwanted pregnancies, maternal death, new born death, etc.
Failure to recognize sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR) compromises the lives of women and girls. We believe that discrimination, coercion and violence play a large part in our societies. One in three women globally, experience violence and girls are still forced into marriage before the age of 15. We need this to change.
People should have the right to decide – who they live with; what happens to their bodies; if, when and how many children to have; the right to determine their futures freely and safe from harm.
| YOUTH SRHR AWARENESS & ACTIVISM |
According to NFHS, youth in India are poorly informed to make responsible decisions on their sexual and reproductive health. A study among youth in five states of India has brought out a number of sexual and reproductive health needs of young people. The study found that knowledge about sex, pregnancy, contraception, and sexually transmitted diseases among youth were very limited.
In implementation, there is a strong social stigma in addition to providers bias and discrimination towards unmarried adolescents when they try to access SRH services. The sexual and reproductive health needs and issues of adolescents and youth are rarely addressed in India.
There is a pressing need of raising awareness about SRHR.
Anyone who wants to become a part of the movement & support SRHR can apply to become a Change Leader with us. WYC trains and makes certified SRHR awareness trainers who run basic sessions & workshops on SRHR awareness and Comprehensive Sexuality Education (CSE) amongst the youth in schools and colleges.
| SRHR AWARENESS & HEALTH CAMPS |
The discourse and the practice of SRHR is shaped by rapidly changing political, economic, and social contexts. These contexts are in a state of flux with entangled processes of patriarchy, development, state ideology and practice, religious interpretations, and socio-political movements of religious fundamentalist character. Keeping that in mind, in the context of rural and semi urban girls and women, there are special sessions and health camps organized for them.
Anyone who wants to become a part of the movement to support SRHR can apply to become a Change Leader with us. WYC trains and makes certified SRHR awareness trainers who take awareness sessions and assisting the doctors in the health camps leading to betterment in family planning, pre and post natal care and lesser preventable maternal deaths.
| DOCTORS & PARENTS SRHR SENSITIZATION & ADVOCACY |
The lack of political will to overcome the challenges posed by religious and cultural fundamentalism is the main reason for the lack of implementation of CSE in the country. There is substantial evidence pointing to the alignment of people’s reservations, panics, and anxieties about young people’s sexual behaviour with deep religious and political predispositions in forming a strong oppositional force to SRHR interventions that aim to educate young people about their rights around sexuality and reproductive health.
Constraints arising from such complex entanglements limit young people’s access to the information and services they need to make informed and responsible decisions about their sexual and reproductive lives.
There is a demand of intervention and sensitization of doctors and parents about SRHR awareness in the youth and breaking the barriers along with putting an end to the stigma around CSE so that the youth is capable of taking right decisions.
Anyone who wants to become a part of the movement to support SRHR can apply to become a Change Leader with us. WYC trains and makes certified SRHR awareness trainers who take intervention sessions with parents & doctors.