Lessons learnt from IPPF's Choices Programme

Adolescence is a pivotal life stage when individuals gain resilience, knowledge and skills for a healthy and productive life. Sexuality is a natural part of human development: young people are sexual beings, whether or not they are sexually active. Rather than simply considering young people’s sexuality as a risk - a cause of morbidity and mortality - we should embrace it as a source of happiness and fulfilment. A youth-centred model that values young people as partners enhances their well-being and ability to exercise their rights.

IPPF’s pioneering Choices and Opportunities programme (“Choices”) clearly demonstrates the benefits of this fresh approach to young people’s Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights (SRHR). Choices, which was implemented from 2011 to 2015 with the support of the Dutch Government, has strengthened the capacity of 17 IPPF Member Associations (MAs) to advance young people’s SRHR.