Youth Empowerment Synergy (YES-Ghana) has joined the National Organizing Committee of the 7th African Conference on Sexual Health and Rights, 2016. The annual conference, which is organized on a rotational basis by the African Federation for Sexual Health and Rights (AFSHR), will be held in Accra between February 8 – 12, 2016 with the theme, “Realizing Demographic Dividend in Africa: the Critical Importance of Adolescents and Youth Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights”.
The conference is part of a long-term process of building and fostering regional dialogue on sexual and reproductive health and rights that leads to concrete actions and enhance stakeholders’ ability to influence policy and programming in favour of a sexually- healthy continent. The conference has previously been hosted by Johannesburg, Nairobi, Abuja, Addis Ababa, Windhoek, and Yaoundé.
The main conference will hold from 10-12 February, 2016 through plenary sessions, concurrent sessions, skills-building workshops and exhibitions among others. Topics for deliberation will include Sexual and Reproductive Health of adolescents and youth sub-types including early, middle and late adolescents, adolescents and youth living with HIV, in conflict situations, and living with disabilities and will also focus on vulnerable, excluded and key/marginalized populations, sexuality education, youth-friendly services, forced/early marriage, adolescent motherhood, abortions, gender-based violence as well as maternal morbidity and mortality.
The conference will aim at identifying promising and best practices for adolescents and youth sexual and reproductive health with a focus on effective responses to youth vulnerabilities, and facilitate knowledge management and programming to enhance adolescents and youth agency. The enhancement of adolescent and youth policies and programmes in regional and global development agendas constitute another aim of the conference. Lastly, the conference will seek to propose actions to promote adolescents and youth sexual and reproductive health and rights in the implementation of the ICPD Beyond 2014, the Post-2015 Development Agenda and Agenda 2063.
The 1,000 expected participants for the conference include various stakeholders and constituency groups comprising policy makers, development partners, civil society organisations, academia, media, adolescents, youth, and duty bearers.
YES-Ghana brings on board the National Organising Committee (NOC) its expertise in youth participation and active citizenship, youth employment and livelihoods generation, youth policy and governance built over the years. As a member of the Communications and Programmes sub-committees of the NOC, YES-Ghana is contributing to the realization and success of this important international conference.