Adolescence is a unique life phase. Between the ages of 10 and 19, young people face a huge range of health-related challenges specific to their age group including mental and reproductive health and social pressures. The choices they make, and the behaviors they establish, will determine their health for the rest of their lives.
Gender inequality and discrimination against girls mean they are often robbed of the right to make their own life decisions - from what happens to their bodies, to when and to whom they marry.
Ensuring girls’ and young women realize their right to sexual and reproductive health and have control over their lives and bodies are critical to achieving gender equality.
CADEF believes that girls’ bodies are their own and they must be empowered to make their own decisions about them.
By raising girls’ awareness of their sexual and reproductive health and rights, protecting them from abuse and connecting them with education and health services, we support the key decisions they make about their futures and bodies.
We work with partners in local communities to enable access to quality sexual health services, awareness of sexual rights and eliminate harmful practices such as female genital mutilation (FGM) and child, early and forced marriage.
We call on governments to strengthen national health systems, implement comprehensive education on sexuality and relationships in and out of schools, and provide affordable, safe contraception to tackle the root causes of adolescent pregnancy. We also demand governments do more to support pregnant girls and young mothers to continue and complete their education.