Every year, 14–16 million adolescent girls aged 15 to 19 give birth, and pregnancy-related deaths are the leading cause of death for girls this age. Young people are being directly affected by maternal mortality, and Women Deliver aspires to assist these young people as they advocate for their own reproductive health and rights. To provide inspiration and information for young people in their advocacy and awareness-raising efforts, Women Deliver is excited to announce that the “Youth Guide to Action on Maternal Health” has been revised and is available for download. Originally launched at Women Deliver 2010 as a component of the Youth Pre-Conference, this toolkit has been used by young leaders around the world to learn more and get involved in maternal health in their own communities.
Youth Survey Report: Communicating with Young People on Maternal Health
Engaging global youth in the fight for maternal, sexual, and reproductive health and rights requires that we understand how to communicate to young people about these issues. In particular, this means that advocates, policymakers, and researchers understand how youth perceive and relate to commonly used terminology.
We surveyed our 100 Young Leaders—a group of inspiring people under the age of 32 working to build a world where the health and well-being of girls and women is a priority—regarding word-choice and perceived meanings of terms in maternal health and sexual and reproductive health. We intend to use these answers to shape and focus our research for messaging plans going forward to produce language that young people connect with.
Youth Program Letter: A Call to Action
The Youth Working Group, consisting of representatives from Advocates for Youth, Youth Coalition, YouAct, Y-PEER, the Maternal Health Task Force at EngenderHealth, International Planned Parenthood Federation, UNFPA, White Ribbon Alliance for Safe Motherhood, and Women Deliver, called on delegates present at the Women Deliver 2010 conference to commit to a call to action on issues affecting women, girls, and adolescents.
Women Deliver Youth Pre-Conference Report
As a part of the global Women Deliver 2010 conference, Women Deliver selected 100 Young Leaders from a pool of 6,000 scholarship applicants, with a focus on the 68 priority countries with the highest rates of maternal mortality, to attend a Youth Pre-conference on Sunday, June 6, 2010. The pre-conference focused on advocacy through new media and technology. The goal of the event was to empower and equip young people with the tools, resources, and knowledge to take the advocacy messages of Women Deliver home to their peers.
Youth Pre-Conference E-Consultation
In a 2-part survey, Women Deliver solicited answers from the 100 Young Leaders who were awarded scholarships to attend the Women Deliver youth pre-conference. We asked them about various questions related to sexual and reproductive health and rights, and about advocacy skills and tools they’d like to learn more about. We then compiled these answers to help craft the agenda for the youth pre-conference preceding the Women Deliver 2010 conference.