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HRC34: Side-event hosted by Denmark - youth empowerment through access to information on sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR)

16.02.2017  16:15

February 28th, at 13.00-15.00, room XXIII Palais des Nations (PdN).

Advancing young people’s access to culturally relevant, age-appropriate, gender-sensitive, life skills- and evidence-based information on sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR) can be a tremendous empowering factor for youth and a key element in creating sustainable development.

As it educates, it supports young people’s capacity to protect their health, rights, and dignity, allowing them to stand up to discrimination, violence, and exclusion. It also gives them a better chance to follow their plans for the future, which may include education, career, and family planning. This serves as a critical stepping stone for accelerating socioeconomic growth and progress.

In addition, access to information and education on SRHR enables young people to make informed choices about their own sexual and reproductive lives and relations. This can play a transformative role in shaping gendered attitudes, behaviours, and social norms for the future, and serve as powerful ammunition to challenge and discharge myths, misconceptions, stereotypes, and stigma.

Yet, multiple barriers, including gaps in evidence-based data, impede young people’s access to information on SRHR.

The convening of the 34st session of the Human Rights Council thus presents a unique opportunity for addressing this important issue.
In the margin of the Human Rights Council, the Permanent Mission of Denmark hosts a side-event on youth and SRHR: “Breaking the Barriers to Youth Empowerment - advancing young people’s access to information on sexual and reproductive health and rights”. The event seeks to highlight the linkage between youth empowerment and young people’s access to evidence-based information on sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR).

A youth panel will address the importance of advancing young people access to evidence-based information, bringing into play their own perspectives on barriers to access SRHR information, ways forward and best practices.

The event will be held on February 28th, at 13.00-15.00, room XXIII Palais des Nations (PdN).