(AGENDAWATCHDOG) – Girls in marginalized communities have been empowered with sexual reproductive health Information and Services by the United Nations Population Fund, UNFPA, through its Youth Participatory Platform, YPP.
This is in recognition of the fact that youths, especially girls and young women encountered significant barriers in accessing sexual reproductive health information and services, a situation worsened by the outbreak of COVID-19 pandemic.
UNFPA), through its Youth Participatory Platform (YPP), in collaboration with the Lagos State Ministry of Youth in Abesan Youth Center, Lagos, put together a one-day community forum for adolescent girls and young women.About 100 adolescent girls and young women were reached from different wards in Alimosho Local Government Area, through the programme which was divided into two sessions.
The first session focused on preventive messaging on COVID19 where the girls were taught ways to prevent the spread and contracting of the coronavirus. The second session was an interactive session where the girls were given a talk on the prevention of pregnancy. They were taught the different contraceptive options available including abstinence while dispelling the myths and misconceptions on contraceptive use.
Also, dignity kits comprising of sanitary items such as menstrual pads and hand sanitisers were distributed to all the girls.
PROJECTED IMPACT: The programme will expectedly empower every participant with life-saving information in order to enable them to achieve their full potential in line with the UNFPA mandate