Today the world is home to 1.8 billion young people under the age of 25. This is the largest generation of young people, ever, and are a vastly diverse group of individuals.
Many become sexually active before 15. They are only taught about the biological aspects of reproductive health and not about sexual rights, pleasurable experiences and happy relationships. Often this conservative information comes too late, and given after puberty or sexual activity has already started.
42% of young people live in poverty. Their limited access to accurate information and opportunities makes them vulnerable to poor sexual and reproductive health.
Importantly, the gains delivered by education in childhood and adolescence – a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity – can never be replicated later in life.