Young people’s beliefs and decisions about family planning are critical to their sexual and reproductive health and rights. Too often, young people face obstacles that limit their access to modern contraceptive methods of their choice. Some of the largest barriers to contraceptive use include cultural norms about family planning, lack of financial resources, and political priority.
Many of the commitments made at the 2012 London Summit on Family Planning (FP2020) focused on increased family planning equity and access among youth populations. The 2013 ICFP in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, provided an opportunity to highlight what is needed to maximize young people’s sexual and reproductive health. Youth delegates at the conference united to create the International Youth Alliance for Family Planning, which is galvanizing young family planning supporters around the world.
The 2015 ICFP will continue supporting this burgeoning movement. More than 350 young people are expected to attend the conference, and youth will be the focus of one of the three plenary sessions, as well as a spotlighted track for abstracts.
Youth Video Contest to be Speakers/Moderators at the ICFP
The ICFP Youth Video Contest was launched in 2013 as a way to select young people ages 18 to 25 to serve as speakers and/or moderators on youth-focused and other sessions at the 2013 conference. It was a great success, and the conference organizers are again inviting young people to create videos demonstrating their passion for family planning and sexual and reproductive health and rights. The videos will be reviewed and scored and those selected will serve as youth speakers throughout the conference. Young people who already have funding are encouraged to apply if they would like to be prominent speakers during the conference. Young people without funding are also encourage to submit, and if selected, will have conference registration and travel costs covered. Youth video contest winners will play an essential role in providing a youth perspective to the program.
For more information, please click here to review the application guidelines. A flyer can also be downloaded.
Para obtener más información, por favor haga clic aquí para revisar las pautas de aplicación en español. Un aviso también se puede descargar.
Click here to access the application form. The deadline is June 5, 2015.
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