2601, 2021

Access to emergency contraception through community pharmacies in Europe: Findings from a participatory survey

January 26th, 2021|

In 2019, YouAct- the European Youth Network on Sexual and Reproductive Rights partnered up with The European Consortium for Emergency Contraception (ECEC)  and launched a participatory survey in order to better understand how access to and availability of emergency contraception pills is through community pharmacies in our region. We are now happy to introduce the survey report, which focuses on five countries: Andorra, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Malta, Spain and Sweden. Community pharmacies play a very important role in ensuring access to EC pills, with the big majority of pharmacies carrying ECPs (even in countries where they are entitled not to). However, findings point out that individuals are not being systematically offered a choice of postcoital contraception methods in every pharmacy of our sample. Access to the highest standard of care in post-coital contraception remains uneven within and among countries in Europe: Individuals are likely to have different experiences and outcomes [...]

1307, 2020

YouAct Annual Report 2019

July 13th, 2020|

YouAct is very pleased to publish its 2019 Annual Report. 2019 has been a very successful year for us: our membership has expanded greatly and we have made a number of notable achievements. Find out more about our membership, advocacy highlights, projects, partnerships and publications. To read and download the annual report, click here.    

306, 2020

YouAct announces new Network Coordinator

June 3rd, 2020|

YouAct is proud to introduce our new network Coordinator Isma Benboulerbah! Isma Benboulerbah is a strong and passionate feminist activist and has been working for years on programs focusing on fight sexual and gender-based violence and SRHR. Isma is currently working as programmes officer at the End FGM European Network, where she also coordinates community development and youth programmes to end violence against women and girls. Previously, Isma worked in on the project “Building bridges between Europe and Africa to end FGM” and was also elected board member and acted as Secretary General of the French network against FGM Excision Parlons-en! Isma also collaborated with the World Health Organisation for a research on youth and adolescent sexual health in West Africa. After several years of professional experience in France, West Africa and with women from the Arab-Muslim diaspora and FGM-affected communities in Europe, Isma has built up important knowledge on sexual and reproductive rights, gender-based violence, harmful traditional [...]

2805, 2020

YouAct Publishes Position Paper on Abortion

May 28th, 2020|

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.   

2908, 2019

YouAct Annual Report 2018

August 29th, 2019|

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.

2205, 2019

Advocacy Toolkit: The European Parliament our Ally

May 22nd, 2019|

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.

2101, 2019

The European Parliament, Our Ally

January 21st, 2019|

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 [...]

2101, 2019

Evidence-based Advocacy: Championing SexEd in Europe

January 21st, 2019|

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 [...]

510, 2018

Contraception Atlas White Paper Launch in the European Parliament

October 5th, 2018|

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 [...]

410, 2018

Advocating for Good Health and well-being, Quality Education, and Gender Equality

October 4th, 2018|

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 [...]

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