login  |  create an account

Donate to Advocates for Youth

Connect with IYAN

Sign up for Email Updates


Share This Article

Just yesterday, the Supreme Court of El Salvador handed a young woman a death sentence by denying Beatriz “permission” for an abortion needed to save her life.

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.

Beatriz needs your help.

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 …

Share This Article


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

Share This Article

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. …

Share This Article

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 …

Share This Article

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 …

Share This Article

Sex in general is phenomenon of creation of new life through love and affection. It is a part of life and happiness as it makes two soul one. But sex at present is not a mere system for fomenting a life. This has divided sex into a safer one, hygienic sex and unhygienic sex.
Unhygienic sex has been responsible for permeation of sexually transmitted infection in this world. starting from Gonorrhea, Syphilis many newer infection has been arose in the present world such as Bacterial Vaginosis (BV),Chlamydia, Hepatitis, Herpes-Genital, …

Share This Article

Characteristics of females determined by society are shy, loving, caring,introvert etc, is it true? when it comes in the relation between male and female, she remains silence about her choices regarding sex. She still remains wordless or she pretend to be  wordless. Female has same sexual desires as male but why she is afraid to share with her partner.  Reasons behind this silence may be she is scared of her partner or society or once she had but her partner did not respond her. She always talks about women’s …

Share This Article

Family planning is a method of managing family health through application of appropriate methodologies suitable for the couple in order to maintain quality of life of his/her family. The term, in a nutshell, describe how to plan own family in order to adopt a happy and healthy life. It includes every procedure of maintaining owns family size to a manageable number so that we can give full and required attention to our children along with a thinking on the care that is needed by the parents themselves.
Family planning …

Share This Article

Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) is recognized internationally as a violation of the human rights of girls and women and constitutes an extreme form of discrimination against women. FGM, which is often carried out with unsterilized instruments, can cause severe health and psychological problems and in some cases, girls bleed to death or die from infections. Later in life, FGM can lead to complications in childbirth and increase the risk of the mother and baby dying.

In East Africa, Female Genital Mutilation is practiced by several tribes with promoters of …

Share This Article

In the past years, I have volunteered my skills and time on a number of community projects. But the feeling I had this morning after digging for the laying of pipes which will convey potable water to  the community of the of the Bassa Industrial area especially those of the “Plateau Guinness” neighborhood was  special. Special because sparked by the smiles on the faces  of the adults of this community who had come out in their numbers to contribute to the building of the taps from which will flow …

Share This Article

There are certain months and dates that most men including myself really don’t like and when they approach one has to be careful how he acts or don’t act because the failure to do things in a certain way as per popular demand might bring untold mayhem to you and your family. My least favorites are December 25, February 14th and March 8th.
I recall a conversation I had with my wife around this same period last year- On the March 5th three days to the International Women’s Day …

Share This Article

“Nothing decisive,Nothing sustainable,can be done in our country as long as this important part of ourselves remains in the oppression imposed on them by different systems of exploitation….the true empowerment of women is that which makes the woman responsible,that includes her in productive activities, and in the fight against the different challenges faced by our people. The true emancipation of women is that which forces consideration and respect from men”
Though these words may sounds like those of a convinced women’s rights activist of the second decade of the …

Share This Article

Over the past months so much has happened in the LGBT community around the world:

1.      President Obama continues to gives stern warning to countries that criminalizes homosexual.

2.      Other World leaders making a vivid statement as it regards to the recent winter Olympics in either not showing up or openly condemning Russia’s law which criminalizes public expression of LGBT advocates.

3.       The passing of new Anti-Gay law in Uganda .  

4.      The World Bank postponing a $90 million health project for Uganda

Share This Article


Dating Practices among Adolescents in Nepal 


Dating is the natural and normal practice of adolescents in which two people try out for a relationship and explore whether they are compatible to each other or not by going out together in public as a couple who may or may not yet be having sexual relations. It is taken as a very positive attitude in which partners get opportunity to share their love, feelings, pleasure and problems. Boys and girls today in Nepal are more compatible being around and …

Share This Article

It was probably the second last thesis dissertation of the day. The man over the projector was talking about the study of side effects during the combined therapy of mefipristone and misopristol used for medical abortion. As the clock on the wall was running on its third round of 60 ticks of 11 pm, i felt drenched in the hot sensation after accumulation of carbon dioxide from two hours long self breathing. The only reason that was refraining me from leaving the hall were those imposed sanctions not to …

Share This Article


In our country Nepal, various sociocultural and religious aspects do not allow the consumption of certain food items during pregnancy. theses food taboos are,

  • restriction of fish during pregnancy.
  • restriction of fruits mainly jack fruit.
  • pregnant women should eat less food.

food taboos are highly practiced in village communities than towns and country have more than 70% villages.It has only negative consequences in pregnant women health.the physiological state of pregnant women is completely different from normal women. She requires more nutritive food and extra care during the period. …

Share This Article
images (1)

Long ago, a Roman Priest called Valentine went against the laws of Emperor Claudius who had an edict that prohibited the marriage of young people. He believed unmarried soldiers fought better than married soldiers because married soldiers might be afraid of what might happen to them or their wives or families if they died. Valentine was eventually caught, imprisoned and tortured before he was sentenced to an ugly death for performing marriage ceremonies against command of Emperor Claudius the second. Thus, history was not as pleasant as the present. …

Share This Article

Sex is a fundamental dimension of human life, and unsafe sex among teenagers is becoming one of the important social and major public-health concerns in recent years. Sexuality-related topics have largely remained as a taboo in many Asian countries like Nepal.Friendships between girls and boys are still unacceptable in Nepal, and many rural parents even discourage their daughters from meeting or talking with boys. Sexual activities outside marriage are not accepted among the majority of Nepalese societies. Despite these traditional views, a significant proportion of Nepalese young people are …

Share This Article

AIDS and Women
Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome (AIDS) is a degraded immunological condition of people which includes various complex stages of HIV virus in human body. The cosmopolitan distribution of the virus has threatened the world since decades and the unknown physiological performance of HIV has made the disease as the most worked arena of Medicine and Pharmacology.
As AIDS permeated through the landscapes of the globe, women acquiring HIV also increased steadily. WHO had shown a data of 17.5 million women worldwide being infected with HIV by the …

Share This Article

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 …