Overlooked and Uninformed: Young Adolescents’ Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights

Adolescents 10 – 14 years old make up 9 percent of the world’s population and as much as 15 percent in some low- and middle-income countries.3 Recognizing the realities of young adolescent girls’ and boys’ lives—and particularly their need to know about their bodies and their sexual rights and responsibilities—is crucial for building the foundations of a safe passage through adolescence into adulthood. Commentaries on the sexual and reproductive health and behaviors of adolescents or young adults often refer to those ages 15 – 19 or 15 – 24, however, and programs and policies are typically designed for these older age groups. This informational brief focusing on the overlooked and uninformed aspects of young adolescents’ sexual and reproductive lives aims to inform policymaking and programming for this pivotal new generation.

Year: 
2007
Organization: 
International Women's Health Coalition
Languages: 
English
French
Portuguese
Spanish