NORTHERN GHANA SRHR CONFERENCE FOR YOUNG PEOPLE, NORGHA 2017
Young people globally are challenged with opportunities to have the required space and platforms to initiate, discuss, propose and implement youth friendly policies especially around Sexual and Reproduction Health Rights (SRHR) and Education. Decisions including policies and laws that affect young people are designed for them and in most cases, do not meet their expectations.
A high percentage of young people as confirmed in most studies including the 2008 and 2014 GDHS, are engaged in sexual activities with a mean debut of 17 years. They do not have access to contraceptives in some cases or knowledge on their usage, or simply choose not to use them altogether. Young People who have access to SRHR services feel intimidated by some Health Professional with numerous questions, lack of confidentiality and secrecy.
Reflections and learning’s from the above, NORSAAC, an empowerment for change organisation in partnership with RFSU (a Swedish based organization) has scoped out all relevant policies and laws that seek to protect the interest of young people especially around SRHR in Ghana and validated the scoping studies with all relevant stakeholders.
The diversity in discussion has influenced this activity where the organization and its partners will organize the first ever Northern Young People SRHR conference dubbed “Northern Ghana SRHR Conference for Young People” to enable young people develop their own abstracts especially around the policies and practice.
The conference is expected to document the disconnect between policies/laws and practice and create space for the young people to present their case to policy makers and make follow up demands for review or enforcement of these policies.
Theme: “PROMOTING PEACEFUL ENVIRONMENT FOR ENHANCED SRHR EDUCATION AND SERVICE FOR YOUNG PEOPLE”
Date: Wednesday 9th – Sunday 13th August, 2017
Location: Tamale Girls Senior High, PAGNAA – Tamale