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Addressing adolescent health, rights and gender-based violence in Central and West Africa

 
On June 27, 2024, join us for the first event in a new IDRC webinar series entitled Thriving in Safety: Advancing adolescent health and rights and ending gender-based violence in Central and West Africa. Various experts will provide an overview of the evidence, challenges and opportunities related to adolescents at the nexus of sexual and reproductive health and rights and gender-based violence in West and Central Africa.
A young woman holds her baby at a UN camp for internally displaced people near Goma, Democratic Republic of Congo. All three women have been victims of gender-based violence.
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A young woman, living in a UN camp for internally displaced people near Goma, Democratic Republic of the Congo, holds her baby. Many women in the camp have been victims of gender-based violence.

With adolescents representing 23% of the population in Central and West Africa (the highest proportion of any region in world), it is crucial to address the challenges they face, especially with regard to their health and safety. These challenges include child marriage, early pregnancy, gender-based violence (GBV), genital mutilation, socio-economic vulnerability and mental health. GBV and sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR) are interrelated. However, a lack of evidence complicates the development of appropriate policies and programs to support the health and wellbeing of adolescents in the region.

In its 2016-2030 Health Strategy, the African Union prioritizes access to comprehensive, integrated sexual and reproductive services. Now more than ever, a multi-stakeholder conversation must begin to move toward inclusive and equitable policies that take into account the drivers of SRHR and GBV through locally relevant knowledge and evidence.

IDRC, having funded numerous research projects over the past decade to enhance SRHR and tackle GBV in Central and West Africa, recognizes the need for sustained dialogue and collaboration in this domain.

On the occasion of the 30th anniversary of the International Conference on Population and Development, this webinar series will provide a platform for knowledge exchange, showcasing experiences and fostering effective multi-stakeholder engagement in advancing adolescent SRHR and ending GBV in Central and West Africa.

The discussion will be hosted in English and French with simultaneous interpretation.

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Infographic showing the participants in this webinar.

Register now and join our speakers for the inaugural webinar in the series to learn about the current regional landscape of adolescent SRHR and GBV in Central and West Africa.