May 30, 2013
Beatriz is 22. The mother of a 1-year old boy. She has lupus. Kidney malfunction. And her doctors say she will likely die if the pregnancy continues. But, there is still hope for Beatriz.
El Salvador has one of the strictest anti-abortion laws in Latin America, forbidding abortion at any time for any reason. Beatriz has exhausted all …
Dec 10, 2012
Since we posted this last week, there has been some good news. Thanks to outcry from around the world, action on the anti-homosexuality bill in Uganda’s parliament has been postponed at least until February. And, Uganda’s President Museveni has spoken out against the bill’s call for the death penalty.
There is still much work to be done – Uganda remains very dangerous for LGBT people and for activists working on these issues. But with commitment and effort, we can all help to make it safer. We’ll keep you …
Nov 5, 2012
Early marriage is one of the key issues affecting female children between the ages of 9-17. These occur mostly in the northern part of Nigeria where they believe a child’s first menstrual period should be in the husband’s house. In some cases, these girls are even given out before they were born to a man old enough to be their father. Could this be poverty or should I say culture? Some cultural practices have led us astray, causing harm to young people who are being fed with these lies. …
Nov 1, 2012
Family planning, defined as public programs designed to help parents plan and regulate their family size, includes practices of planning the timing of child birth, using of birth controls, and other techniques such as sexuality education and STI prevention. Internationally, family planning programs are linked with population issues and poverty in developing countries and are majorly carried out under the regulation of UNFPA—the United Nations Population Fund. Although family planning programs are generally successful, due to its potential link with abortion and other consideration of human rights, currently, there …
Oct 7, 2012
Each year over 120 youth activists gather in Washington, D.C. to share expertise with one another and Advocates for Youth staff; learn about the latest findings and legislation that affect reproductive health; participate in trainings; and make a commitment to be lifelong advocates for young people’s reproductive and sexual health and rights. Then they head to Capitol Hill to educate their representatives on why comprehensive sexual health education is so important for young people.
Groups attending the conference included:
1 in 3 Organizers. These college students attend a …
Nov 23, 2013
There is a popular proverb from H. G. Bohn’s, “Hand-Book of Proverbs,” (1855), “An idle brain is the devil’s workshop”. This proverb can be a metaphor to the increment of gender based violence (GBV) worldwide and mostly well recognized in the countries where unemployment rate is high. Moreover, if the rate is high and female empowerment is low, there are evidences that relates rise in GBV. There are domestic violence, murder for property, human trafficking, polygamy, rape, sexual abuse and harassment, forced pornography and many more cases. But what …
Aug 8, 2013
Every August 12, the world celebrates International Youth Day. This year’s theme is “Youth Migration: Moving Development Forward.” As advocates dedicated to advancing the sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR) of young people, you might be asking, what’s migration got to do with SRHR? Well, just about everything.
Nearly half of the world’s population—more than 3 billion people—is under the age of 25. Furthermore, young people under the age of 29 make up half of all global migrants. During the process of migration, young women and girls …
Aug 1, 2013
A human is categorized in numerous ways, not only as intelligent species but also in numerous categories that humans have created themselves. There are categories made based on caste, religion, class, status, gender, income and so on. But how much fair is it to determine justice according to these categories? A Dalit woman if she is raped by any upper caste rapist and raises her voice for justice then she is instead inhumanely treated by the local people. When a wife raises her voice against domestic violence by her …
Jul 31, 2013
‘Drink a glass of water and come to room no 18’, said the nurse with a white coat.
The day was old then. Nurses and staffs were packing up. The nurse with curly hair gave a “Lion Look”, when I had come and started to fill the form of ‘Blood Donation’. However, they had to take my blood pressure.
‘Fill your form properly’ same nurse had shouted at me while I gave it to her. I was paused. I was amazed. The response they did to me was unacceptable. …
Jul 31, 2013
Eve teasing has these days become a serious problem prevalent in the society. Every single girl is a victim of this uncivilized activity. It is a euphemism used for public sexual harassment or molestation of women by men. It is usually found in India and other south Asian countries but these days every girl of every country is a victim of this. It is hard for a girl to tolerate it. When it crosses the limit it becomes a serious problem and as a result a girl may even …
Jul 31, 2013
Here is a true story that I once heard from a friend which gives a simple picture of how social violence gradually leads to suicide. This is a story of a young woman, a staff nurse, aged 26, who kept on tolerating the scars of hatred from her mother-in-law which then led her to commit suicide.
Bina was married to a youngest son of a typical Bhramin family which was arranged by their family members but they knew each other since three years. After marriage, her mother-in-law started torturing …
Jul 30, 2013
Hello World ,
Here is the latest statistics that I encountered on the internet about teenage sexuality. I thought I would share it with you
Facts on American Teens’ Sexual and Reproductive Health
•Fewer than 2% of adolescents have had sex by the time they reach their 12th birthday. But adolescence is a time of rapid change. Only 6% of teens have had sex by age 15, compared with one-third of those aged 16, nearly half (48%) of those aged 17, 61% of 18-year-olds …
Jul 29, 2013
At 18 I have begun to fully have a grasp of what is expected of me .. stereotypically, as a woman in the 21st century. This reality have been weighing down on me heavily over the psst few days as I have begun to question these cultural norms.
The reality of the 21st century woman as I know understand it… feel free to correct me if I am wrong… seems to be as such:
1.) She is not allowed to go certain places or do …
Jul 24, 2013
On July 22, 2013 Dwayne Jones a Trans-gender otherwise known as “GULLY QUEEN” and “Dwayne Gagastar Trensetta” was shot and stabbed to death in the Irwin community, St James.
i read about this incident on a blog i read occasionally, click the link to read the horrific story: http://www.minority-insight.org/2013/07/17-year-old-transgender-murdered-in.html…
Jul 12, 2013
The world population day round table discussion took place on the 11th of July at the rock view royale hotel. It was a programme organized by the National Population Council (NPC) in collaboration with the United Nations population fund (UNFPA) with the theme “adolescent pregnancy”. Attending the program helped me have a proper understanding of adolescent pregnancy.
Adolescent pregnancy is a global problem and not just a problem in Nigeria. There are various causes of adolescent pregnancies such as poverty; cultural and religious believes etc. Access to adolescent …
Jul 4, 2013
Hello fellow youth advocates,
As youth leaders I think we should all be versed in the subject of the milestones in youth development. There are seven milestones as it relates to development in Small Island Developing States (SIDs)- the first mile stone being in 1992 and the last being in 2012. Therefore this process has spanned approximately a 20 year period.
The milestones are as follows:
1. UNCED (1992)
2. BPOA (1994)
4. WSSD (2002)
5. MSI (2005)
6. MSI+5 (2010)
Jul 4, 2013
Hello world – particularly youth of the Caribbean region.
I found this great new website called “Youth-In”. Here is some information about it taken from their website: http://youth-in.com
The Youth-IN project is about empowering young people to become agents of change, not to just sit by and receive support but to become actively involved in the development of their own sustainable future.
Our mission is based on a 2010 report produced by the CARICOM Youth Commission, ‘Eye on the Future: Investing in YOUTH NOW for Tomorrow’s Community’, to which …
Jul 4, 2013
I had the privilege today of having a lunch meeting, along with some other students from the Ardenne High School with Mr. Peter A. Townsend, chairman of the National Democratic Movement (NDM), an “underdog” political party in the Jamaican landscape. There I had the privilege of presenting a copy of the Jamaica Youth Declaration relating to Small Island Developing States (SIDs) to him wherein one of the key components is the provision of “Social Protection” for all the vulnerable groups in our society including sexual minorities and …
Jul 4, 2013
I often get annoyed at the clichéd statement “one person can make a difference”. Frankly, I think it’s an over played line used by politicians. I still doubt that there was ever a situation in history where a party ever one by one vote.
A more correct interpretation of that statement in my perspective is that one person, rightly influenced, persuasive and active can cause a snowball effect thus making a difference. Its like how heat gets transferred. One molecule has to become energized to pass the …
Jul 3, 2013
The countries in the Caribbean are generally classified as Small Island Developing States (SIDs for short). This title, which now is used to describe over 50 countries in the world, was adopted due to the recognition of the fact that these countries have idiosyncratic characteristics which have to be kept at the fore-front of our minds when addressing the issue of sustainable development.
These characteristics have been detailed as, but is not limited to, the following :
1.) Small Size
3.) Climate change and sea level rise…