Young people

Youth friendly, youth centred, empowered

  • Globally, there are over 1.8 billion young people which is the largest generation of young people ever. About 90% of them live in less developed countries.

    IPPF is the largest global provider of sexual and reproductive health and rights services for these adolescents.

  • A quality indicator for us is whether we are providing the information, services and supplies that young people need and want, rather than what we believe they should have.

    Empowering young people in their decisions relating to sex and sexuality means that we respond to their changing needs and realities. IPPF is not just youth-friendly but a youth-centred organization.
     
     
     



  • Young people now truly have a voice and decision making power at all levels of IPPF. They are international advocates, peer educators, researchers and leaders in our Federation.


    We recognize young people’s potential not only to be influenced but, also, to influence their own environments.


    Hese are just a few examples of the amazing initiatives run by our youth volunteers ...

     
     

EGYPT

Young volunteers at the Egyptian Family Planning Association carried out awareness raising activities on sexual harassment and abuse.

Over 99% of women in Egypt have suffered sexual harassment. This project encouraged young people to speak up about sexual and gender based violence and seek support.
INNOVATION
A number of awareness-raising sessions were held at schools, youth groups, and factories. Young people were encouraged to discuss the emotional and psychological side effects of harassment, equality, bodily integrity, and the right to privacy.

The project included a public bike race in Ismailia on the “International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women”. All project activities were shared via social media to reach a greater number of young people.
IMPACT:
The bike race stunt attracted a huge crowd. Even the city's governor got involved! It raised a lot of awareness on sexual harassment and well publicised by the media. As a result, young women attending the awareness raising sessions were empowered to report experiences of sexual harassment and could recognise their rights in personal testimonies.
PAKISTAN
Young volunteers at Rahnuma (the Family Planning Association of Pakistan) set up a project,‘Girls Power', in nine areas of Pakistan.

Girls and young women in these communities found it hard to talk about sensitive issues like teenage pregnancy, child marriage, abortion and HIV, even though these were realities for many. Young women were suffering from a lack of education on important issues and it affected their health.
INNOVATION
'Girls Power' created a number of tea parties where girls could safely discuss sexual and reproductive health issues with women in their community, like sisters, mothers and teachers.

The informal tea parties allowed girls to participate in discussions, express personal thoughts, and to acquire information, education and access services related to their health, without any discrimination.

The project also set up private spaces for young women to call a helpline and have their questions about sexual and reproductive health answered confidentially.
IMPACT:
Over 2,500 women and girls attended 144 tea parties to discuss and learn about issues such as contraception, STIs, human rights, abortion and gender based violence. Hundreds more young women gained information via confidential helplines and social media outreach.
GHANA
The Planned Parenthood Association of Ghana's youth project aimed to improve access to sexual and reproductive health services and information for young people living in four different sheltered accommodations. The young volunteers strongly felt that the needs of these young people were often overlooked by mainstream channels.
INNOVATION
Sexual and reproductive health services and information were delivered using peer educators and students from the University of Ghana who were trained to support the project.
Critical to the project was the use of a mobile clinic to provide services such as STI screening and treatment, as well as a counselling service for the young people.
IMPACT:
  • Over 120 young people received quality information on comprehensive sexuality education
  • 12 Cases of STI treatment were recorded.
  • 50 young people went through the HIV testing and counselling .
  • Behaviour change: at project completion all the young people involved agreed that consent was important for sex.
  • There is now greater interest among peer educators to provide sexual and reproductive health education and services to young people with special needs.