Resources By, For and About Young People ************************************** 11 July 2016
WORLD POPULATION DAY
World Population Day 2016: Investing in Teenage Girls
Today is World Population Day, which is commemorated annually on 11 July, the day on which the world's population reached 5 billion in 1987. This year the theme from the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) is "Investing in teenage girls."
We look forward to the day when UNFPA, a strong advocate for sexual and reproductive health and contraception, especially for adolescents and young people, also supports the right to safe abortion, including for teenage girls with an unwanted pregnancy – the age group more at risk of negative consequences from unsafe abortion than any other group...FULL STORY
Speak My Language: Abortion Storytelling in Eastern Europe from a Youth Perspective
This web-based toolkit was developed by and for young people with inputs from Georgia, Lithuania, Republic of Macedonia, Poland and Romania, and written and edited by YouActwith great input from ASTRA Youth. The publication opens:
"Dear Reader, This toolkit has been created for you.
For the young woman who is choosing to get an abortion: you are not alone, your body is yours, and you are the only one who gets to decide what is best for you.
If you need help, ask for it. It’s okay to talk about your abortion.
For the healthcare provider: abortions are a delicate topic and the young woman is sensitive, so be cautious of what you say and try to be as supportive as you can be.
For the friend, relative, teacher, or peer of someone who will have, or has had an abortion: respond with compassion and without judgement.
For the pro-choice advocates: your voice is being heard.
To everyone who is reading this right now - we hope this book provides you with the information and guidance on how to talk about abortions, and how to break the stigma."... For more on YouAct and abortion stigma read the FULL STORY
Here are some photo stories and a poster from the Facebook page of Pro-Choice Malta:
A girl of 12 who has just finished her second year in secondary school has given birth. This girl is among 31 others who were forced to leave school after an unplanned pregnancy in the last three years. Fewer than half of them returned to school to finish their studies. PHOTO
The issue of abortion has once again found itself back on the agenda of decision-makers, but unfortunately it seems no one is willing to sit down and talk it over. Is it really so hard to do?...FULL STORY
How to Educate about Abortion: A Guide for Peer Educators, Teachers and Trainers
Why do we need a guide for rights-based abortion workshops?
Many young people involved with IPPF Member Associations across the world have told us that they lack good quality information on abortion, or are not always confident talking about it with their peers. The subject of abortion is often left out of peer education manuals on sexual and reproductive health, or only mentioned briefly. Where sexuality education is provided to young people, it is not always comprehensive, and abortion, which is viewed as a ‘sensitive’ topic, may not be included. A 2012review of school curricula in ten East and South African countries by UNFPA and UNESCO recommended that abortion is better framed as an issue relating to sexual and reproductive health rather than a moral issue. This guide aims to fulfil an unmet need for practical support for delivering workshops on abortion, including recommended activities, and support for advocating for the inclusion of abortion in sexuality education programmes... FULL STORY