“Don’t put us at the kiddie table, and don’t talk down to us.”
That is the sentiment echoed by an increasing number of young people vying for a seat at the decision-making table when it comes to matters of their sexual and reproductive health and rights.
Young people no longer want to be invited to meetings to be ‘decorations,’ to just observe or to only lead energizers. Instead, young people want to be heard and make decisions for themselves.
In the spirit of youth-powered healthcare, CARE and PSI have launched Youth Lead, an innovative advocacy partnership with a vibrant network of young leaders in Côte d’Ivoire. Together, with support from the Sall Family Foundation, we will drive policy change to unlock youth access to contraception and ensure that young people can exercise their right to make free and informed decisions. Beyond this, the partnership will create an even greater impact: youth-led advocacy organizations will build their long-term advocacy capacity and strengthen the coherence, effectiveness and visibility of their movement for youth sexual and reproductive health and rights. — Sandy Garçon, External Relations & Communications Manager, PSI
Banner image: © PSI/Benjamin Schilling; Illustration by Cassie Kussy