OpenIDEO's upcoming Young People's Sexual and Reproductive Health Challenge will launch September 7 in partnership with the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA).
Young people from age 10-24 constitute a quarter of the world’s population. Their reproductive choices will shape future demographic trends.
For millions of young people around the world, the onset of adolescence brings not only changes to their bodies but also new vulnerabilities to human rights abuses, particularly in the arenas of sexuality, marriage and childbearing.
Millions of girls are coerced into unwanted sex or marriage, putting them at risk of unwanted pregnancies, unsafe abortions, sexually transmitted infections (STIs) including HIV, and dangerous childbirth. Every day in developing countries, 20,000 girls under age 18 give birth. This amounts to 7.3 million births a year.
Yet too many young people face barriers to reproductive health information and care. Even those able to find accurate information about their health and rights may be unable to access the services needed to protect their health.
The Challenge will launch on September 7th and there are many ways that you can be a part of it. Whether by submitting an idea when it opens or spreading news of it within your networks - we need YOU to make this Challenge a success. Sign up below to be notified of Challenge updates, including a launch email!