Protecting health, rights and education for adolescent girls – the FAWE-Packard Foundation initiative
The health, wellbeing and success of young girls during adolescence depend heavily on the level and quality of education, health services, psycho-social support and protection they receive. Many adolescent girls face sexual health challenges including unplanned pregnancy, abortion, early marriage, transactional sex, gender-based violence, and STDs including HIV/AIDS. These challenges are often related to poverty but also to low levels of schooling and reduced access to information on sexual and reproductive health and rights.
Learning environments play a key role in imparting knowledge on reproductive health and rights; such knowledge in turn plays an important role in retaining adolescent girls in school. Mindful of this inter-relatedness, FAWE has partnered with the David and Lucile Packard Foundation on a project focusing on adolescent sexual and reproductive health and rights (ASRHR). The project aims to protect the health and rights of adolescent girls and enable them to fulfill their right to healthy sexuality and reproduction by improving their access to age-appropriate information and services that meet their needs. It also seeks to address issues of retention by supporting girls who are at risk of dropping out of school through better reproductive health knowledge and practices.