Delhi

Youth representatives call for improved health rights

Suggestions made at consultations held across country will be presented to relevant policymakers

Ahead of the Lok Sabha elections, youth representatives from various States gathered in the city on Tuesday to discuss issues ranging from gender-based violence, mental health, access to sexual and reproductive health information, quality of services, access to contraceptive choices, forced marriage and early child bearing. They asked the government to initiate action for a positive change.

Youth representatives from Delhi, Punjab, Chandigarh, Haryana and Rajasthan voiced their needs for improved health rights. Recommendations, from this and five other consultations conducted across Bihar, Manipur, Maharashtra, Madhya Pradesh and Odisha with over 150 young people, will now be presented to relevant policymakers for proactive policymaking and change.

Organised by the Population Foundation of India (PFI) and The YP Foundation (TYPF), organisations working in the area of youth empowerment, maintained that “it is critical that India focus on its adolescents and youth, their health, well-being and rights.”

Speaking at the meeting, Nikita Khanna, a member of the core committee formed by the PFI and the TYPF for taking the lead on the initiative said, “Young people are the largest cohorts today and their voices need to be heard so that policy creation, policy change and policy implementation can be centred around their needs and aspirations. It is hoped that these consultations will lead to systemic processes to ensure space and voices of young people in decision-making for policies related to adolescent sexual and reproductive health.”

Consultations in Delhi saw participation of key stakeholders in the landscape of sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR) and adolescent health, including government representatives from State health departments and service providers from healthcare institutions.

The regional consultations are aimed at the development of adolescent and youth-friendly guidelines to enhance access to sexual and reproductive health services.

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