One of the most important obstacles is lack of access to family planning and sex education. About nine out of 10 people between the ages of 10 to 24 live in the developing world, where there is an enormous gap in access to reproductive health services.
Just a few days ago, The UN International Youth Day was celebrated, everywhere. This year's theme of International Youth Day was: "Youth Civic Engagement." This is a crucial moment, for reflecting upon a few issues that concern young people all over the world.
As the world observes International Youth Day this week, I wanted to feature the direct voices of young changemakers who are unafraid of challenging the status-quo and refuse to accept the way things are
So today on International Youth Day, which the UN has commemorated as an awareness day to draw attention to the legal and culture issues surrounding youth, my hope is that we go beyond awareness and take action to support the efforts of young people having a positive impact on the world.
This year my daughter will celebrate her first birthday. I became a mother last year for the first time, and it is the most beautiful gift and the most amazing adventure! Yet, having a daughter does make me a bit concerned; the world has not come as far as I would have liked.
The young women we spoke with have the power to change the world--they are identifying the issues that hold back women, girls, and families, and they are uniquely able to pinpoint the kinds of policy and shifts in social relations that need to happen to make a real difference.
The Wellbeing Foundation Africa (WBFA) and I have long known the potential power of youth.This year, International Youth Day focuses on civic engagement and ways that youth can take part in civil society, to shape their future.
When a girl pursues a higher level of education, it can increase her wages and her ability to delay an early marriage. Migration can also expose girls to new ideas and norms and provide autonomy that would otherwise be inaccessible.
Finding decent work is understandably the driving motivation for many of the estimated 27 million young people who make the brave decision to leave family and friends behind and move to another country.