Guiding Principles for Building Soft and Life Skills among Adolescents and Young Adults fills this gap by identifying a set of six guiding principles for effective skill building programs. Findings drew from a review of literature reviews and meta-analyses as well as general guides on how to develop soft skills. The report provides specific examples of effective practice applying each principle, drawing from international and U.S. youth programs across the fields of workforce development, violence prevention, and sexual and reproductive health.
This is a Restless Development report produced in partnership with the Commonwealth Secretariat. Views and opinions expressed in this publication are the responsibility of the author[s] and should in no way be attributed to the Commonwealth Secretariat.
Explore the relationship between gender and international development
What does gender have to do with international development? Is ‘woman’ the centre point of gender and development? What is it that brings gender and development together?
These are some of the questions you will be asking and answering on this course. You’ll explore the gendered dimensions of contemporary international and community development and ultimately learn how and why gender is so important.
This data sheet provides a few snapshots of reproductive health and gender inequalities in Eastern Europe and Central Asia. It supplements UNFPA’s 2017 State of World Population Report.
The Literature Review was developed by the International Institute for Youth Development PETRI-Sofia, and it contains resources (manuals, toolkits, guidelines, reports, fact sheets, case studies, articles, publications, policy briefs) that can be used by youth advocates when tackling issues such as: Gender Equality, Youth Participation, Youth Empowerment, Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights, Youth Employment, Abortion Rights, Youth-friendly Services, Non-formal and Peer Education – you are most welcome to use them for your projects, research, campaigns, as reference for articles, for different ideas and information! We are also looking for your feedback and comments, if you think that other resources can be included here.
The 83rd issue of Entre Nous takes a fresh look at sexual and reproductive health and rights in the countries of the European Region ̶ at the successes and failures, at what worked and did not work, and at present needs and realities. This issue is prepared in order to develop a new European action plan for sexual and reproductive health and rights that will meet the Region’s vision of equitable, protected, improved sexual and reproductive health for all individuals.
The Federal Centre for Health Education (BZgA) in Germany and the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA), Regional Office for Eastern Europe and Central Asia jointly developed a series of policy briefs on sexuality education.
The first two issues published in 2015 (also in cooperation with the WHO Regional Office for Europe) have now
been complemented by Policy Brief n° 3 and 4: Policy Brief No. 3 ‘Introducing Sexuality Education: Key Steps for Advocates in Europe and Central Asia’
provides an overview of the most important steps for the introduction (or revision) of national in-school sexuality-education programmes and reviews of existing resources.
Both policy briefs are also available from following website:
This annual report examines progress in achieving the eight Millennium Development Goals. With the deadline for the MDGs on the horizon (2015), progress can be reported in most areas, despite the continuing impact of the global economic and financial crisis. For instance, maternal mortality has been reduced by 47 per cent, although much more progress is needed to reach the goal of a 75 per cent reduction.
Assaults on women’s reproductive health & rights take many forms in Europe today. Barriers to safe abortion care are among the most problematic.
Sexual and reproductive rights are human rights. Governments have very clear obligation under international human right law to respect these rights. However, women in Europe still have these rights denied or restricted as a result of laws, policies and practices that ultimately reflect continuing gender stereotypes and inequalities.
Women’s sexual and reproductive health and rights cover:
– comprehensive sexuality education
– affordable and accessible contraception
– safe abortion
– quality maternal health care
There has been immense progress across the world and in Europe. However at the same time, perhaps because of that progress, we have begun to see backlash. Even where the law allows abortion, women face multiple obstacles to access it, including:
– Financial, social and practical barriers
– Denial of care and services
– Third-party authorisation, mandatory counseling and waiting periods
In December 2017, the Commissioner for Human Rights of the Council of Europe addressed a set of recommendations to European States to ensure all women’s sexual and reproductive rights. They focused in particular on women’s rights to life, freedom from torture and ill-treatment, health, privacy and equality.
Every day girls around the world are fighting for their freedom. This International Day of the Girl – join them and raise your voice:
1. Share the film and tell us what #FreedomForGirls means to you
2. Take action at http://www.globalgoals.org/dayofthegirl
In 2015 when leaders signed up to the UN Sustainable Development Goals – the Global Goals – they made a promise – to empower all girls. There has been progress but we need to keep up the pressure. If we work together we can make sure world leaders deliver and every girl grows up healthy, safe, empowered and able to fulfil her dreams.
With UNFPA support, Georgia is piloting an organised cervical cancer screening programme, one of the first such programmes in Eastern Europe and Central Asia. It is designed to reduce cervical cancer in Georgia, a disease that leads to 18,000 deaths in Eastern Europe and Central Asia every year, although it is almost entirely preventable.