#contraceptivechoicematters when it comes to young people’s healthy sexual behaviors. Half the population on Earth are under 25. More than 1.8 billion are between 10 and 25 years which indicates history’s largest generation of adolescents and 85% live in the developing world.
The current situation among young people using modern contraceptives is very low. Some of the situation among young people and contraceptives are:
- Young people in developing countries do not have privacy. Most of them live with their parents and share rooms with their siblings. Even if young people use or carry condoms in their bags or pockets. There are high chance of their parents once a week or twice a week inquiring their bags. Mothers and sisters might question them if they saw condom in the pocket while washing his/her pants.
- Sex before marriage is social taboo and highly stigmatized.
- Young unmarried girls likely to reject idea of using Long Acting Reversible Methods like Implant or IUD.
- There are many myths and misconception regarding Long Acting Reversible Methods that might impact on their fertility. Therefore the only option for young people in developing countries like Nepal is CONDOM.
We are not sure where young people go and enjoy their sexual relationship. Still today young people have to face awkward moments trying to get condoms. Even if they realize the importance of safe sex and carry CONDOM on their pockets they fear that their parents might enquiry. Therefore contraceptive choice matters for young people.
Although most people become sexually active during adolescence, young people often have no access to the family planning services and education they need. Some of the biggest barriers are culturally taboos about young people’s sexuality. The main effort globally is to address population issues, combat maternal deaths and deal with unmet need of young people. To improve this issues and meet Millennium Development Goals adolescents and youth should be give accurate information and services on sexual and reproductive health. Family planning information and services must be promoted, and changes in policies and regulations should be encouraged.
Aim of Campaign
Nepal is celebrating its first National Family Planning Day on 18th Sept, 2014. Bhaktapur Youth Information Forum believes Adolescents’ access to family planning can increase their opportunities throughout their lives, starting with longer education, fewer pregnancies, a later and healthier start to childbearing and more opportunities to engage in income producing activity. Therefore BYIF organizing series of event for the day.
- Join Bhaktapur Youth Information Center through social media campaign to scroll the message with #contraceptivechoicematters. Here is the link to support the campaign. Thunderclap Campaign http://thndr.it/1Av1CmG
- Selfie, wefie and groupie campaign with message on youth and family planning and why contraceptive choices matters to young people. Join the youth group. Post your selfie or wefie or groupie in their timeline in facebook.
- Flashmob and rally