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Maher is a 20-year-old man living in Morocco. Homosexuality is viewed negatively and same-sex acts are punishable by up to three years in prison. Traditional gender roles are upheld and civil rights laws do not protect anyone from discrimination relating to sexual orientation or gender identity. Maher accessed services provided by the Association Marocaine de Planification Familiale (AMPF).
Women are at the heart of every nation's future was the recurring message at an event organized by the International Planned Parenthood Federation, the Government of Japan and the Ethiopian Ministry of Health ahead of the International Conference on Family Planning in Addis Ababa.
If you have a sexual health concern, you might not be sure what it is, you might not know how (or where) to get help, and if you do, it’s sometimes difficult (or maybe embarrassing) to attend a clinic. Particularly if you are a young person.
The Family Guidance Association of Ethiopia (FGAE) has established a free telephone hotline to help. It’s staffed by 6 volunteer counsellors and it is widely used. What is particularly effective is its use of young volunteers, who have an instinctive understanding of young people and empathize with their difficulties.
Association Marocaine de Planification Familiale (AMPF): working with young people to design five clinics and decide the amenities and services they would offer; training clinic staff in youth-friendly services and training young people to become peer educators in sexual and reproductive health; and addressing HIV stigma and increasing condom use. .
This issue from the Learning from innovation series brings together lessons from three projects that successfully addressed factors which make a particular group of young people vulnerable in the local context. Implemented in Bangladesh, Tunisia and Ethiopia, each project developed strategies to empower young people and their communities to better protect the sexual and reproductive health of young people and enable them to make choices to improve their lives.
IPPF has always produced a substantial range of printed publications to support and report on its work. But recently, the organization has begun to make more vigorous use of film and video.
Today, IPPF’s Girls Decide mini-film series won a prestigious Charities and Social Enterprise Sector Award at the IVCA Clarion Awards in London.