Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights (SRHR)

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Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights (SRHR)

Sexual and reproductive health and rights or SRHR is the concept of human rights applied to sexuality and reproduction

Youth issues are gaining a priority in the global arena. Globally, adolescents aged 10-19 years comprise one-fifth or 18% of the population and young people aged 10-24 years comprise 26% of the population. With young people comprising a considerable proportion of the population and concerns related to young people and sexual and reproductive health and rights issues (SRHR) on the rise, it is pertinent to focus attention on young people in the region. It is also vital that organizations move from a tokenistic approach of looking at young people as „beneficiaries‟ and instead look at them as important change agents who are in charge of their lives and their bodies and can important contributions to sexual and reproductive health and rights issues. While there has been a proliferation of non-profit organizations working with young people on SRHR in South Asia in the last few years, the engagement has largely been narrow with a view of looking at young people as „beneficiaries‟ of services and interventions. Developing youth leadership in these organizations has also been inadequate. However, with the immediacy of gearing up to the post-2015 agenda as well as the need to take up the agenda of young people and SRHR in their own hands, it has become vital to invest in youth leadership and developing a thought-process in initiating and bringing about change in the development agenda. Young people thus need to take charge of the situation, and come up with their own goals and strategies towards development.

A common health problem

      Sexual and reproductive ill health is one of the most common health problems for women aged 10 to 50 in developing countries, where pregnancy, unsafe abortions, childbirth or harmful customs, such as female genital mutilation, can endanger the lives of women. Despite considerable efforts over the past 20 years, maternal mortality in the world is still very high, particularly in Sub-Saharan Africa and South Asia.

Why sexuality education for Youth

  • Good comprehensive sexuality education will contribute to more respectful relations and thus
    reduce sexual violence.
  • Reducing Child Sexual Abuse
  • Reducing Gender Base Violence
  • Combat the spread of HIV/AIDS, malaria and tuberculosis;
  • To reduce child mortality
  • Provide support to SRHR in the form of education, information and counseling for young people, sexual and reproductive health care


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