Engaging Youth In Health Care Decision Making Can Improve Program Access, Rights

Devex: Future reproductive freedom starts by giving youth a seat at the table
Suzanne Ehlers, president and CEO of PAI, and Katja Iversen, CEO of Women Deliver

“…Research shows that when you include young people in decision-making and invest in his or her health, rights, and wellbeing, everybody wins. And the gains go beyond health. Nobody knows this better than the young people who are impacted by restrictive policies but who play a critical role in keeping their countries accountable for their promises. … As we begin to tackle the Sustainable Development Goals, PAI and Women Deliver will do our part to make sure that young people are meaningfully included in developing, implementing, and evaluating the policies and programs that impact their lives. … [Youth] are not only our leaders of tomorrow, they are leaders of today, deserving of direct participation in public policy” (1/27).

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