Adolescent Sexuality, Sexual & Reproductive Health and Rights

Girls' Power Initiative (GPI) > Adolescent Sexuality, Sexual & Reproductive Health and Rights

Adolescent sexuality and reproductive health are important contemporary concerns especially for reproductive health problems such as unintended pregnancy, induced abortion and sexually transmitted infections, including AIDS. Girls and young female have a higher prevalence of most reproductive health problems because of lack of information and poor access to services. Adolescents engage in sexual activities for various reasons, the most prominent being peer pressure and economic gains. The resultant effect is unwanted pregnancy and most of the time, the only option open to the girls and female adolescents is induced abortion and in view of its legal restriction and high cost (where available), they resort to self help using common everyday items for termination of pregnancy or seek the services of quacks. Youths are willing to learn about reproductive health but are facing challenges from the family, health providers, community and the near lack of institutional support to provide relevant information and services. Those of them under intense economic pressure often succumb to peer pressure and engage in sex work locally or internationally (through trafficking) with dire consequences. GPI intends to respond to this by deepening its sexuality and sexual and reproductive health work in current locations while expanding interventions to new sites in the 4 existing states and the additional 2 states in the South-South geo-political zone to achieve the coverage of the entire Niger Delta Area.

 

There is the need to reach these girls and young females with sexuality and reproductive health and rights information and services, motivate them to change behavior in the light of new information and awareness, provide more institutional support, and create the social and economic climate, which will make the desired changes possible and sustainable. The aim is increased knowledge on sexuality issues and reduced vulnerability and reproductive health problems among girls and young females. GPI adolescent sexuality and sexual and reproductive health will focus on the following components

–      Providing Adolescent Sexual and Reproductive Health information and education

–      Expanding HIV/AIDS prevention education, HIV Counseling and Testing and referral for treatment and care and support and stigma reduction for young females living with HIV

–      Conducting School Based Comprehensive Sexuality and Family Life and HIV&AIDS Education

–      Provision and referral for quality Youth Friendly Health Services

–      Collaborating with the public sector for the provision of Quality YFHS to girls and young females

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