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Adolescence and youth

Strengthening national policies, programmes and budgets to ensure access to sexual and reproductive rights for adolescents and youth, and that every young person’s potential is fulfilled, in order to achieve the demographic dividend in Peru.

 

To achieve these goals UNFPA aims at:

  • Advocating for the prioritization and improved visibility of adolescents and youth, particularly the most vulnerable, in national policies and programmes to increase investments in young people.
  • Improving availability of and access to comprehensive sexuality education and sexual and reproductive health services to support the reduction of the teenage pregnancy rate.

To achieve these results, UNFPA is supporting in removing legal barriers preventing adolescents and youth from enjoying their sexual and reproductive rights. In addition, UNFPA aims to strengthen the integration of comprehensive sexuality education in the National Curriculum for Basic Education and to increase access to counseling and contraceptives for adolescents requesting them.

UNFPA makes evidence-based contributions to political dialogues on teenage pregnancies, child marriage and gender-based violence. Furthermore, UNFPA aims at strengthening youth leadership and participation in other civil society organizations.

  • Positioning the sexual and reproductive health needs and demands of adolescents and youth in key national policies: National Youth Policy 2030, National Education Programme 2030, National Curriculum for Basic Education, Technical Standard for Health and Family Planning 2017.
     
  • Promoting accessible evidence-based good practices to improve access to modern contraceptives and good quality services for adolescents and youth.
     
  • Data-based contributions to national political dialogues and policies on teenage pregnancies, child marriage and gender-based violence.
     
  • Strengthening diverse youth leadership in promoting access to sexual and reproductive rights for adolescents and youth, as well as supporting adolescent and youth participation in national and regional networks, such as Juventudes Ya! (Youth Now).

Adolescents have the right to explore their sexual and reproductive health and rights. UNFPA supported the decriminalization of consensual adolescent sexual relationships. Youth leaders and civil society organizations participated in the legal process and ruling in favor of decriminalization at the Constitutional Court for young leaders and civil society organizations.