Promoting and Protecting Youth’s SRHR in achieving SDGs: Youth led Shadow Report from Bangladesh for HLPF 2020
Right Here Right Now (RHRN) initiative in Bangladesh aims to create conducive policy environment through multi-level advocacy drives so that youth and adolescent clusters have improved access to youth friendly services in public health facilities and meaningful participation in SRHR interventions to address the knowledge gaps. Bandhu as the Host and Implementing Organization of this Platform. Bangladesh RHRN platform advocates for three major areas which include- comprehensive sexuality education, institutionalization for the Gazette notification recognizing Hijra / third gender population, youth friendly and adolescent friendly services for young and adolescents.
Bangladesh has a large percentage of young people which is approximately 22 percent of the whole population. We have 10 years left to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) and Bangladesh is committed to achieve all goals. In achieving these SDGs the significant attention must be placed on this key population of the country whose development may have tremendous impact in fulfilling the 2030 Agenda. It is important to note that investing on these young people means investing on the socio-economic development of the country. This report is prepared based on a series of youth consultations under Right Here Right Now (RHRN) Bangladesh Platform where a number of young people across country participated in these consultations.
In this report the youths have focused on the most pressing needs around SRHR. The analysis was done after with intersectional and human rights-based approach. A number of youth advocates joined in the series of consultations and shared their experiences and provided policy recommendations in align with existing policies and SDGs. The focus areas of the report are; comprehensive sexuality education for all adolescents, availability and non-discriminatory access to SRH information and services in government facilities and the gender equality in SRHR as a cross cutting issue.
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