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The Universal Periodic Review (UPR) is a UN mechanism that allows for the human rights of every country in the world to be reviewed.
A new law, preventing schools from expelling pregnant girls, has begun to positively change perceptions, showing that law and social norms can reinforce each other. However, the intersection between law and culture in Senegal is largely creating rather than removing barriers. The prohibition of abortion and the criminalisation of homosexuality present direct legal barriers to SRH access with a profound impact on the health, safety and lives of young women and LGBT people. Other barriers are created by:
New legislation in Bangladesh which will allow girls under the age of 18 to be married-off legally in “special circumstances” is a step backwards for young woman, the International Planned Parenthood Federation has warned.
The Child Marriage restraint Bill 2017 gives parents or guardians the ability to seek a court order for children to be married-off in their “best interests.”
Currently, it is illegal for girls under 18 or men under 21 to marry in Bangladesh, although the law is widely flouted.
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.