6th Floor, Woodrow Wilson Center

Making it a Priority: Adolescents’ Health and Rights

There will be a webcast of this event

Event Co-sponsors

United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA), Guttmacher Institute 

Adolescents face unique challenges and significant vulnerabilities due to marginalization across the globe. Early marriage, a lack of accurate and complete sexual and reproductive health information, and lack of access to quality health services can make these challenges monumental. The risk of maternal mortality is highest among young adolescent girls. In addition, exposure to gender-based violence, including discrimination based on sexual and gender identity and expression, and a greater susceptibility to STIs, such as HIV, further marginalize young people. However, adolescence can and should be the time to support young people’s access to information, education, skills, and services that result in a healthy and safe transition into adulthood. Comprehensive Sexuality Education, increased access and quality of health services, laws to protect girls from early marriage, and policies to dismantle harmful policies and practices are crucial efforts to promote all adolescents' health and well-being. Ensuring young people have access to such services and information allows them to make choices and fulfill their rights to shape the future they want for themselves. 
Join the Wilson Center’s Maternal Health Initiative, the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA), and Guttmacher Institute on October 23 for a discussion of current research, policies, and programs impacting adolescents and the remaining gaps and challenges in protecting their health and rights.

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Senator Nikoli Edwards, Independent Senator, Trinidad and Tobago 
Sarah Keogh, Senior Research Scientist, Guttmacher Institute
Cate Lane, Senior Technical Advisor, Adolescent and Youth Sexual and Reproductive Health, Pathfinder
Lada Nuzhna, Youth Representative, Teenergizer! 
Dr. Ilya Zhukov, Global Focal Point for Comprehensive Sexuality Education, UNFPA
Preston Mitchum, Youth Health and Rights Coalition Co-Chair; Senior Legal & International Policy Analyst, Advocates for Youth



  • Preston Mitchum

    Youth Health and Rights Coalition Co-Chair; Senior Legal & International Policy Analyst, Advocates for Youth