Promoting Young People's Sexual and Reproductive Health: Stigma, Discrimination and Human Rights.

Abstract

An international knowledge synthesis meeting took place in Brighton, UK, 5-7 June 2003, bringing together programme leaders from a variety of countries to discuss stigma, discrimination and human rights in relation to young people's sexual and reproductive health.The goal was to identify instances of innovative and effective practice with the intention of drawing out some principles that might inform future work. Participants from a wide variety of countries were invited to describe their experiences of working to challenge stigma and discrimination and promote human rights as they relate to young people's sexual and reproductive health. As a result of the meeting, this guide to good practice was produced.

The introduction describes the meeting, its aims, participants, and the projects and organizations represented (from Africa, Asia, and Central and South America).

Section 2 entitled 'The background' covers the following:

  • Stigma, discrimination and human rights: definitions and connections
  • Stigma and discrimination in relation to young people's sexual and reproductive health
  • HIV-related stigma and discrimination
  • Effects of stigma and discrimination

Section 3 describes the projects discussed at the meeting and presents case studies showing how stigma, discrimination and the violation of human rights have been challenged in the course of their work.

Several important lessons emerged from the projects and programmes reviewed. The final section summarises some of these as a step towards identifying elements of best practice.

Appendices list the participants, and other publications of the Safe Passages to Adulthood Programme.

Citation

Wood, K.; Aggleton, P. Promoting Young People’s Sexual and Reproductive Health: Stigma, Discrimination and Human Rights. Guide to Good Practice, Safe Passages to Adulthood. University of Southampton, UK (2004) 48 pp. ISBN 0 85432 806 8

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