In this Generation - Sexual & Reproductive Health Policies for a Youthful World

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This report by Population Action International on policies affecting the reproductive lives of youth is a valuable resource in the struggle for the sexual and reproductive rights of young people. It provides key elements for understanding current policies targeting young people’s reproductive health. It highlights successes and mistakes, and shows us how individuals, institutions and policymakers committed to youth rights must find innovative ways to address young people’s necessities and life circumstances. An essential element in the promotion of sexual and reproductive health and rights for youth is the recognition of young people as individuals entitled to rights, and as key players in their own development. There is no doubt that young people continue to be viewed as incomplete human beings—physically developed children lacking the capacity for intelligent decision making and in need of adult protection from, rather than preparation for, the world in which they live. As long as this is the case, we will be unable to create sensible policies and programs that serve their needs and provide them with what they require to live the healthiest and happiest lives possible.


Jenifer Dye, Kali-Ahset Amen, Margaret E. Greene, Nada Chaya, Zohra Rasekh

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