Cultural and social taboos can prevent young people from accessing their sexual and reproductive healthcare and rights, including accurate information, referrals and services, compromising their health and their futures.
On Thursday 4th June, we held our fourth webinar in Marie Stopes International’s Spotlight webinar series – Sex, Stigma and Young People: Challenging social norms to empower adolescents - joined by speakers from Population Services International (Adolescents 360) and Pathfinder to discuss strategies to challenge and disrupt these social norms and taboos.
Presentations included frontline stories on how we can start to shift social norms, through engaging community leaders, supporting couples to plan together, and enabling healthcare providers to deliver judgement-free sexual health services that are truly adolescent inclusive.
Jennifer Gassner, Marie Stopes International’s Global Marketing Director, moderating and presenting the essential role that access to sexual and reproductive healthcare and rights plays in enabling young people to own their futures.
Inonge Wina-Chinyama, Youth Advisor, Marie Stopes Zambia, presenting on Marie Stopes International’s work to engage community leaders and gatekeepers as a key stage of adolescent outreach work, to gain community buy-in and achieve sustainable social change.
Mary Phillips, Technical Advisor, Adolescents 360, Population Services International, presenting on their Smart Start programme to empower young couples in Ethiopia to access contraception together and delay their first pregnancy.
Lydia Murithi, Project Director, Beyond Bias, Pathfinder International, presenting on Pathfinder’s project to identify how provider bias can act as a barrier to adolescent access, and how providers can be supported to deliver non-judgemental sexual and reproductive healthcare for adolescents.
Watch the webinar in full below and the slides can be downloaded here. Join the conversation over social media via #SpotlightSRHR.
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