[EVENT] Youth at the Heart of IPPF Reforms and COVID-19 Response

2nd July 2020
Marie-Evelyne Petrus-Barry

Young people in the Africa region, including programs targeting the promotion of their sexual reproductive health and well-being have been severely affected by COVID-19.

Despite the challenges, Youth Action Movement (YAM) members continue to find innovative ways to ensure that as many young people as possible still have access sexual reproductive health information and services.

YAM members have been at the forefront in finding solutions to the different SRHR challenges they have been facing during the pandemic, and have been closely liaising with their respective Member Associations regarding this.

While they are doing their best, additional support will enable them do even more.

IPPF is currently undergoing reforms to improve on its operations and effectiveness, including its governance structures. While some YAM representatives participated in last year’s General Assemble meeting in Delhi, those elected within the last six months may lack clear information about the reforms process and the need for it.

Marie-Evelyne Petrus-Barry

To address this pertinent issue, the IPPF Africa Regional Office is organizing a virtual meeting between the Youth Action Movement National representatives and the Regional Director. The virtual meeting will be held on 3 July 2020, from 1100hrs -1300hrs GMT (1400hrs-1600hrs EAT).

The objectives for this meeting include:

  • To broaden the understanding of the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the youth volunteers and their activities
  • To discuss and agree on support required to ensure continuity of youth activities
  • Share updates on the IPPF governance reforms and the role of young people in the current reform process at the National and Regional level.

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