4 things I learned from the 28th AU Pre-summit Sessions

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4 things I learned from the 28th AU Pre-summit Sessions

One of the questions that kept coming up was, “Given our current fertility rate and the traditional belief in children as a blessing, how are we going to manage our population structure?” The answer lies in investing in family planning methods that are available for people to choose of their free will and free from coercion.

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The Adolescent Girl Puzzle - #YoungWomenSay

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The Adolescent Girl Puzzle - #YoungWomenSay

As a girl growing up in a rural community, I never had resources or power to help out my peers. This meant I witnessed a lot of suffering. All the same, I realized eventually that my voice is a very powerful tool that I can use to help girls my community, and that drove me to action.

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A Girl from Sinking Bottom - #YoungWomenSay

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A Girl from Sinking Bottom - #YoungWomenSay

There were days I walked miles to and from high school, which was miles away in the neighboring community. There were days when I sold coconuts in the village and snacks on the school bus in order to make money for school fees. Despite this hardship, I was determined to complete high school.

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Building Support and Trust Through Volunteering - #YoungWomenSay

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Building Support and Trust Through Volunteering - #YoungWomenSay

Being a volunteer was something rather new for our generation, and so were civic education, youth rights and the concept of participation. For that reason most of our parents had little knowledge and understanding of why this was important to me and my peers, as participation had political and negative connotations and sex and sexuality were generally a taboo.

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#YouthDay2016 - A Collective Reflection

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#YouthDay2016 - A Collective Reflection

We talk about how we’ve grown up in these movements, what inspires us about these movements, what we’ve learned from the dynamics and people these movements are comprised of, and how these movements have changed (and have changed us).

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You Are The Change - #YoungWomenSay

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You Are The Change - #YoungWomenSay

I made friends and enemies alike but the message was clear. I was a force to reckon with, a girl who had grown into a young woman in a not so supportive society who wanted the world to be different for other girls.

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The Voice of a Survivor - #YoungWomenSay

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The Voice of a Survivor - #YoungWomenSay

These initiatives are empowering because these young people are able to openly talk about sex through comprehensive sexuality education modules and make choices about their bodies. The programs are also reassuring for a brighter future in the women's rights movement because girls can openly discuss and suggest solutions to their own problems.

 

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Building Intergenerational Bridges - #YoungWomenSay

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Building Intergenerational Bridges - #YoungWomenSay

Sharing from my experience I would like to say that young women should be able to challenge the society, social norms, and the status quo. Challenge the structures. Challenge people who challenge you! Keep doing what you do and one day people will see what you mean and realize the impact you are making. We can’t make everyone happy, nor should we be required to try.

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Every Woman is Powerful - #YoungWomenSay

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Every Woman is Powerful - #YoungWomenSay

I believe that every woman is powerful, and just needs to explore her inner strengths. This is a story of an ordinary woman who opened her eyes in the very normal middle class family, where no women was allowed to seek/find and or explore her abilities to challenge the family norms and traditions against women.

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Simply Because It Is Yours - #YoungWomenSay

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Simply Because It Is Yours - #YoungWomenSay

I also wish I’d known that I’m the most important person for me. Learning now to be OK, really OK with who I am, to do anything. That it’s always possible for me to be afraid, because fear is part of been a human being, so that I have to learn to see that thing (or thought) that scares me and find the way to be boosted by this fear instead of being paralyzed by it.

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Young People Leading the Way in Accountability for Women’s, Children’s and Adolescents’ Health

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Young People Leading the Way in Accountability for Women’s, Children’s and Adolescents’ Health

Originally posted on Youthcoalition.org - After the strong results of the Global Strategy for Women’s and Children’s Health, launched in 2010 by the UN Secretary General, and the push from different organizations and agencies to increase attention on adolescent health, it is great to welcome a new Global Strategy that includes adolescents and incorporates the priorities of young people.

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Glogal Dispatch: Ireland's March for Choice

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Glogal Dispatch: Ireland's March for Choice

Originally posted on Feministing.com - The sound of rolling suitcases rumbled from Dublin’s main thoroughfare to the Parliament as abortion rights activists took to the streets in Ireland’s third annual March for Choice on Saturday.

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