Conference puts youth advocacy for sexual, reproductive health rights in spotlight

Jordan

Published: 2023-05-30 15:22

Last Updated: 2023-09-29 11:55


Conference puts youth advocacy for sexual, reproductive health rights in spotlight
Conference puts youth advocacy for sexual, reproductive health rights in spotlight

The second day of the impactful conference, "We Lead towards realisation of SRHRs and resilience," centered around the crucial theme of youth engagement and advocacy for sexual and reproductive health rights in Jordan. Organized by the Jordan Youth Alliance for Sexual and Reproductive Health Rights (JYASRH) in collaboration with the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA), the event shed light on the vital role young people play in advancing these rights and ensuring a healthier future for all.

Youth engagement and advocacy are fundamental in driving positive change, particularly in the realm of sexual and reproductive health rights (SRHRs). The conference provided a platform for young advocates, professionals, and policymakers to come together, exchange ideas, and showcase their efforts in promoting SRHRs within Jordan's context.

Recognizing the unique challenges and opportunities faced by young people, the conference emphasized the importance of meaningful youth participation in decision-making processes. By amplifying the voices of young individuals, the event aimed to foster inclusive dialogue, address barriers to SRHRs, and promote policies that reflect the needs and aspirations of the youth.

The Jordan Youth Alliance for Sexual and Reproductive Health Rights (JYASRH), a dynamic network of young activists and organizations, played a pivotal role in organizing the conference. The alliance serves as a powerful platform for youth-led initiatives and advocacy campaigns, empowering young people to advocate for their rights and make a tangible impact in their communities. Through their collective efforts, JYASRH strives to create an environment that ensures access to comprehensive SRHR services, education, and information for all youth in Jordan.

Collaborating with JYASRH, the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) provided invaluable support in organizing and facilitating the conference. The UNFPA has been a steadfast advocate for SRHRs worldwide, working tirelessly to promote reproductive health, gender equality, and the empowerment of young people. By partnering with JYASRH, the UNFPA reinforced its commitment to supporting youth-led initiatives and ensuring that their voices are heard in matters of sexual and reproductive health.

During the conference, young advocates shared their experiences, challenges, and success stories in advocating for SRHRs in Jordan. They highlighted the need for comprehensive sexuality education, accessible healthcare services, and policies that protect and uphold the rights of young individuals. By sharing their journeys, these passionate advocates inspired others and demonstrated the power of youth-led advocacy in driving meaningful change.

The event also facilitated interactive workshops and panel discussions, allowing participants to delve deeper into critical issues surrounding SRHRs. Topics such as gender equality, reproductive rights, contraceptive accessibility, and the elimination of harmful practices were explored. These discussions served as a platform for knowledge sharing, capacity building, and collaborative problem-solving, fostering a sense of unity and collective action among participants.

The conference concluded with a renewed commitment to advancing SRHRs in Jordan. The insights gained and connections made during the event will serve as a foundation for ongoing advocacy efforts and partnerships. The youth advocates who participated in the conference are now equipped with enhanced knowledge, skills, and networks to continue championing sexual and reproductive health rights in their communities and beyond.

By placing youth engagement and advocacy at the forefront, the "We Lead towards realisation of SRHRs and resilience" conference emphasized the importance of young voices in shaping policies and promoting inclusive sexual and reproductive health practices. Through the collaboration between JYASRH and the UNFPA, the conference served as a catalyst for change, inspiring youth advocates and stakeholders to work together towards a future where SRHRs are upheld, respected, and accessible to all.