On International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women and Girls, we proudly share a new video of the Jeune S3 Alliance, of which Cordaid is the lead. It shows how young people claim their sexual and reproductive rights in challenging settings. Supported by Nobel Peace Prize winner Dr. Denis Mukwege.
(‘Stop the violence against girls’. March 2019, Katana, South Kivu, Democratic Republic of Congo. © Cordaid for Jeune S3 Alliance)
Continuously confronted with violence and aggression
Worldwide, 1 in 3 women and girls experience physical or sexual violence in their lifetime. Only 52% of women married or in a union freely make their own decisions about sexual relations, contraceptive use, and health care. Almost 750 million women and girls alive today were married before their 18th birthday. 200 million women and girls have undergone female genital mutilation.
Take the time to reread these UN statistics.
Now take another breath. In conflict-affected societies, young women and girls are much more likely to be assaulted or harassed than elsewhere. They are continuously confronted with violence and aggression and have little or no means of protection.
‘All young people have the right to be informed and protected’
It is high time to combine efforts and means and stop this injustice. Time to act and to listen to young people’s needs, claims and ideas. Or to put it with Dr. Denis Mukwege: ”All young people have the right to be informed and protected”.
This video shows what the Jeune S3 Alliance, of which Cordaid is the lead, do to make Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights a reality in DR Congo, the Central African Republic, Cameroon, and Benin.
By sharing it, you endorse our call to ensure that young people are able to make informed choices about their sexual and reproductive health and that their rights are respected. Especially marginalized young girls in fragile and conflict-affected settings.
SRHR program by, with and for young people
The Jeune S3 program (Santé, Sexualité, Sécurité), a program by, with and for young people, is implemented by an alliance coordinated by Cordaid. It delivers SRHR services in conflict-affected and fragile settings. The people behind Jeune S3 believe that access to information and services about Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights (SRHR) is a fundamental right for every young person to live a healthy life and make free, secure choices for their futures. Read more.
Some reminders to conclude