Check out our preliminary findings below!
Youth researchers found that, due to a culture of shaming of young people’s sexualities, youth and adolescents, especially young women, are blocked from gaining access to Sexual and Reproductive Health (SRH) commodities and services including contraceptives, and counseling for menstrual problems, Sexually Transmitted Infections/HIV, abortion, etc. Further, among young people, there is a lack of awareness of Sexual and Reproductive Health (SRH) services and rights. Most young people have limited access to sources of information and service-providers – and in most situations, such information and services are available only to married youth.
In addition to this, young people’s voices are not included while designing, delivering and monitoring information and service provisions on Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights (SRHR). Thus, their needs and realities are ignored. Consequently, young people – especially young women from marginalised and resource poor communities – are vulnerable to sexual violence and take poorly-informed decisions related to their health and well-being, such as availing of unsafe abortion services.