We are proud to share with you the first in a series of position papers we are developing. The first position paper is on abortion as it is one of YouAct’s core areas, and it has a specific focus on youth. We hope that it will be a useful piece of document to ground advocacy work in, not just for our organisation but for others as well. The positions reflect the membership of YouAct and was approved at our latest annual general meeting. Please find the position paper by clicking here, or on the thumbnail.
YouAct – the European Youth Network on Sexual and Reproductive Rights is looking for an energetic and dedicated Coordinator for the upcoming two years to support the Membership, and particularly the Steering Committee in achieving the organization’s objective in promoting sexual and reproductive rights of young people. Does this sound like you? Would you like to learn more? Then click here to learn more about the duties, responsibilities, and requirements of the position. Click here to know more about the terms of reference. Good luck and we look forward to receiving your applications.
We are proud to present YouAct’s Annual Report 2018, in which we continue to strengthen and unify the voices of European youth advocating for the realisation of sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR). Download the full report by clicking here.
Our team is very excited to share the advocacy toolkit developed in the frame of the Generation Now small grants project called "The European Parliament - our Ally". In it, we discuss in detail how young people can successfully advocate for comprehensive sexuality education for HIV prevention. Download the full toolkit by clicking here.
YouAct - the European Youth Network on Sexual and Reproductive Rights is looking for energetic and dedicated new members to strengthen our organization and forward our work in promoting sexual and reproductive rights of young people. About Us YouAct is a European network of young people active in the field of Sexual and Reproductive Rights. We work by empowering young people to take active roles in their communities and organizations and to advocate for Sexual and Reproductive Rights as human rights. We promote the right of all young people to raise their voice in regards to Sexual and Reproductive Rights regardless of race, religion, ethnicity, gender identity, sexual orientation, disability. We strongly believe that Meaningful Youth Engagement is crucial for the success of designing, developing, implementing, monitoring and evaluating the policies, programs, and services aimed at young people, and works to ensure the involvement of young people in these processes. [...]
We can’t stress enough the urgency for young people to have access to Comprehensive Sexuality Education. So YouAct members are organizing yet another round of meetings with the Members of the European Parliament (MEPs)! We want to engage in meaningful conversations on how to advance this topic forward and how we can work together more efficiently. “The European Parliament, Our Ally” project aims to facilitate discussions between youth advocates and decision-makers regarding the importance for young people to have access to sexual and reproductive health and rights information, education, and services, including CSE. Why? Because CSE is essential for health and well-being. Evidence shows that CSE interventions have the following outcomes: HIV knowledge increase, condom use increase, increased self-efficacy for HIV protection and improved attitudes related to HIV prevention. And we believe that access to CSE is a prerequisite to ensure that young people’s sexual and reproductive health and rights [...]
YouAct together with CHOICE for Youth and Sexuality is in the concluding stages of the second phase of an advocacy project aiming to advance Comprehensive Sexuality Education (CSE) in Europe. The first phase of the project was implemented in 2017 and involved a research phase in five countries, Cyprus, Georgia, the Netherlands, Poland and Romania (the results are available here), followed by advocacy actions, both at national level. Several infographics were also developed in English, as well as in national languages and have been disseminated on social media as part of an online campaign #Unite4CSE. With the second phase of the project, we aimed to further empower youth to become CSE advocates. Through face-to-face meetings, we planned to influence the European decision-makers to ensure the implementation of qualitative CSE for all young people in Europe, in line with the recently updated UNESCO International Technical Guidance on Sexuality Education. Furthermore, youth [...]
To celebrate World Contraception Day (26th September), MEP Biljana Borzan and MEP Maria Gabriela Zoana co-hosted the European Parliament launch of ‘Limited Access: Europe’s Contraception Deficit’, a White Paper on Access to Contraception in Europe. The White Paper was developed following a survey of 46 European countries titled “Contraception Atlas” covering three areas: reimbursement of contraceptive supplies, access to family planning counselling and access to online information on modern contraception methods. Based on the conclusions of this research, the group of experts supported by EPF launched the White Paper, which is a call to action and provides recommendations on how to improve access to contraception in Europe. YouAct Coordinator, Adriana Pereira, was invited to make a speech on behalf of Youth in Europe and address the importance of access to contraceptives for young people. Adriana focused on the importance of addressing affordability as a main obstacle for young people accessing [...]
by Sophie Beria, YouAct Steering Committee Member On the last week of September, DSW (The German Foundation for World Population), Dance4Life, and CHOICE for youth and sexuality hosted a youth meet up with the members of the European Parliament, policy advisors, and assistants from the political groups in Brussels. The aim was to create space for a diverse group of youth advocates, and activists to bring forward the pressing issues connected to the Sustainable Development Goals in our countries: Ethiopia, Uganda, Nepal, Pakistan, Kenya, Tanzania, Netherlands, and Georgia. The three SDGs that we focused on where goals 3, 4, and 5, Good health and well-being, Quality Education, and Gender equality respectively. Prior to our meeting, we all did research, and prepared to the best of our ability, with great support, and help from the representatives of DSW, Dance4Life, and CHOICE. On September 25 and 26th, we had workshops on media [...]
Adriana Pereira, the Coordinator of YouAct – European Youth Network on Sexual and Reproductive Rights made the following intervention during the UNECE Regional Conference on ICPD+25. Thank you chairperson and panel for your insights into families and SRH over the life-course. On behalf of a few youth organizations here today, we would like to address and highlight WHAT has NOT been said in this thematic session. Women and girls, disproportionately bear the burden of managing their reproductive lives. While men and LGBTQI+ individuals are often not equally equipped with information and resources to play their part in preventing unintended pregnancies and transmission of STIs, Including HIV. When we talk about contraception, its prevalence and the unmet need, we must include men and LGBTQI+ community rights in the process! From the Contributions yesterday and today, there have been many positive examples of expanding SRH services and people’s right. However, more can [...]