12 August 2018 ¦ International Youth Day is an opportunity to celebrate young people, as well as to raise awareness of the challenges and problems young people around the world face.
Assuring safe and secure physical spaces for young people is a key priority.
Equally as important is assuring them safe and secure environments for them to meaningfully participate in research and programs that affect them. Researchers, among others, have an obligation to cultivate safe environments for young people. Within the research context, this begins first and foremost with ethical practice.
The ages 10 to 14 are among the most critical for human development, yet one of the most poorly understood stages of the life course. While biological processes are universal, the social contexts within which they occur vary considerably.
The Global Early Adolescent Study (GEAS) aims to understand the factors in early adolescence that predispose young people to subsequent sexual health risks and promote healthy sexuality in diverse contexts, so as to provide the information needed to promote sexual and reproductive well-being. In some sites, it includes an intervention to assess impact.
19 October 2017 Millions of children and adolescents across the globe are subjected to sexual abuse, including sexual assault or rape.
A 2011 study estimates that 18% of girls, and 8% of boys worldwide have experienced sexual abuse. This abuse is a major public health problem and a grave violation of human rights. Health care providers have an important role in identifying abuse and providing child or adolescent-centred care to disclosure of abuse. They also have an important role in connecting survivors to other services that they may need
Special supplement on the Global Early Adolescent Study published by the Journal of Adolescent Health
20 September 2017: When children move into early adolescence, they begin to take on new gender roles associated with femininity and masculinity, often reinforcing socially and culturally conventional gender norms related with being women or men
These gender roles have an impact upon the decisions that young people in early adolescence make, and therefore upon their health and well-being. They have an impact on the choices young adolescents make in relation to sexual and inter-personal relationships, which can have an effect on their health and well-being throughout the rest of their lives.
About 1 million girls under 15 give birth every year—most in low- and middle-income countries.
Every year, some 3 million girls aged 15 to 19 undergo unsafe abortions
Child marriages: 39,000 every day. More than 140 million girls will marry between 2011 and 2020