IWHC, Stories of Youth Advocacy‏

International Women's Health Coalition

To round out the United Nations International Year of Youth we are highlighting the stories of youth health and rights advocates from around the world on our blog Akimbo for the next few weeks.

In December 2009, the United Nations General Assembly adopted resolution 64/134 proclaiming the year commencing 12 August 2010 as the International Year of Youth. The resolution calls upon governments, civil society, individuals and communities worldwide to support activities at local and international levels to mark the event. The International Year of Youth can generate much needed attention for youth participation and youth development and can provide an impetus to partnerships among youth organizations around the world. Youth organizations, governments, and civil society are encouraged to organize activities that promote an increased understanding of the importance and benefits of youth participation in all aspects of society, as well as those that support youth to devote their energy, enthusiasm and creativity to development and the promotion of mutual understanding. It encourages young people to dedicate themselves to fostering progress, including the attainment of the UN Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), which seek to slash a host of social ills, ranging from extreme poverty and hunger to maternal and infant mortality to lack of access to education and health care, all by 2015.

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Stay in touch with IWHC on a daily basis – follow us on Twitter and like us on Facebook. We post links and commentary on the sexual and reproductive rights and health issues facing women around the world. You might just learn something new!

Our United States policy colleagues have been keeping close watch on all the recent developments in Washington, DC. You may have heard about the move to get reproductive health services for women in the United States covered for free by insurance providers, but decisions made in Washington affect women globally, too. Check out our Capital Critiques feature on Akimbo for in depth analysis of threats to reproductive health services for the world’s poorest women, the ongoing battle over the Global Gag Rule, and more.


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