PRESS RELEASE: I-PLAN WORKSHOP
Youth Advocates Taking Actions
Knit Together Initiative(KTI) is set to host Youth Advocates Taking Actionsin the Niger Delta in an advocacy workshop on the theme “I-Plan”
I -Plan holds on the 15th June 2018 in Port Harcourt, KTI — a campaign, advocacy and youth-led organization that works to empower young people; to build resilient, determination in themselves and the society and for effective sexual reproductive healthcare services and supplies for those in the fragile settings and farthest to reach in the Niger Delta, Nigeria open call for youth advocates in the region for it’s I-Plan workshop.
The workshop flags off with the theme “Realities of Adolescent and Youth Reproductive Health in the Niger Delta” with the aim to increase access to sexual reproductive Healthcare information and services for young people in the region by spurring increased advocacy for Adolescent and Youth Sexual Reproductive Health Rights. The reproductive health challenges for youth in the Niger Delta, with particular focus in Rivers, Delta and Bayelsa states calls for increased advocacy. And the time is now — to reimagine programs, to reach those farthest behind and in fragile settings. Young people are continually denied access to contraceptive services; and often left with empty hands, except with much judgment and advise. The experiences of adolescents and youth represent thousands of unmet needs in the region with increasing demand for contraceptive services and information that addresses their specific needs (UNDP, 2015).
Lack of access to youth friendly services had tremendously altered a possible life path way of many youth contrary to their life’s aspirations and dreams. According to the UN Convention of the Rights of the Child, adolescents are to enjoy the right to the highest attainable standard of health, including access to contraception information and services. Nigeria’s current population is estimated at over 188 million with an annual growth rate of 2.5% and fertility rate at 5.5%; this population is largely youthful. The importance of prioritizing unhindered access for youth sexual reproductive healthcare services include support for widespread economic growth known as demographic dividend.
Adolescents and young people in Nigeria begin sexual relationships at young age and faces significant challenges in obtaining appropriate services and information to protect themselves from unwanted pregnancy and sexually transmitted infections, including HIV (UNFPA, 2014). Also, available statistic shows that high prevalence of unsafe sexual behaviour, and consequently poor sexual and reproductive health outcome such as teenage pregnancy, unsafe abortion and sexually transmitted infections are high among adolescents and youth. With progress made by government and development partners through specific interventions addressing the sexual and reproductive health challenges of youth in Nigeria — more need to be done regarding provision of effective services for those in fragile settings, Niger Delta. This workshop will leverage on arts and experience sharing as strong advocacy tool to inspire youth advocacy and highlights young people’s challenges accessing youth friendly services.
This workshop targets adolescent and youth in Rivers State to share personal experiences from accessing sexual and reproductive healthcare services from private and public hospitals. It will also create a platform for young people to network and ask critical questions regarding AYSRH
With the Nigerian population best described as “Youthful”, Knit Together Initiative (KTI) is building a strong network of individuals and communities who will advocate for and advance the implementation of the sustainable development goals in the fragile Niger Delta without question.
Knit Together Initiative looks forward to I-Plan workshop as it serves as a platform to implement the seed grant received from Gates Institute for 120 under 40 winners.