Young people are participating in and leading sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR) initiatives in unprecedented ways—and this surge of effort has generated both new impacts and new learning. Part of this learning is around the issue of gender: we now know that young women and young men have radically different experiences working as advocates on SRHR issues. Young women experience more harassment, backlash, and insecurity on the job. And they struggle to balance SRHR leadership roles with gendered demands on their time and autonomy.
This session will draw on Youth Investment, Engagement and Leadership Development (YIELD) Project research findings to explore how gender influences the motivations, needs, experiences, and career trajectories of youth participants and leaders in SRHR initiatives. Insights will be shared about what prevents young women from achieving their full potential as leaders in SRHR efforts and youth leaders will discuss what can be done to help young women grow and thrive in meaningful SRHR careers. Leave this session motivated and equipped to form equalizing alliances with young women—and help them thrive as the SRHR leaders they are meant to be.
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