Barriers to accessing sexual and reproductive health services disproportionately affect young people through systemic and structural barriers, social and legal restrictions, and provider bias. In order to directly address these inequities, we are working with the Planned Parenthood Association of Ghana (PPAG) to explore peer provision models as a way to reduce unsafe abortion among adolescent girls.
YLabs is working with women and men in Rwanda to explore new ways of connecting young entrepreneurs to address youth unemployment. We are currently in the design research phase of the project and using expert interviews, co-design workshops, and focus groups with entrepreneurs and unemployed youth to envision and prototype solutions.
Currently, sex education is not working for young people. When present, it often focuses on shame, disease, and pregnancy prevention - while pleasure, consent, and intimacy are overlooked or ignored. YLabs, The Case for Her, and Glasswing International are working with young people in El Salvador to envision a new kind of sexuality education.
Young people accessing sexual and reproductive health services are often faced with stigma, judgment and provider bias. With our partners, we are working to address provider bias and improve services for young people.
Using an innovative approach that combined storytelling and interactive voice response mobile surveys, we uncovered young men’s perspectives on gender, fatherhood and family planning, masculinity and vulnerability, gender-based violence, and unemployment.