The world now has the largest generation of young people in history: more than 1.2 billion people between 10 and 19 years old, many of them very poor, out of school, and vulnerable. For most young people, sexual activity begins during adolescence, often under pressure from peers or even adults, and many do not have the information and autonomy needed to embark on safe, fulfilling sexual relationships, and to prevent an unintended pregnancy. An unwanted pregnancy can limit a young woman’s possibilities in countless ways— ending her education prematurely, restricting her opportunities for rewarding work, and sentencing her and her children to a life of poverty — and too often has consequences that are serious and even fatal: Pregnancy-related deaths are the leading cause of mortality for 15-19 year old girls in developing countries.
For young people, issues around sexuality and reproductive health present a world of challenges. Young people often face significant barriers — including social norms, cultural taboos that deny adolescent sexuality, and ineffective or inaccessible education and health care systems — to accessing the information and services they need in order to exercise their rights and embark on safe, healthy, and fulfilling adult lives.
The Awinie Project helps young people make informed decisions about their sexual lives.
Designed for young people and for educators who work with them, it provides accessible, objective, and urgently-needed information on a broad range of sexual and reproductive health issues, and is available in several local languages, reflecting the regional contexts and the unique challenges facing adolescents in East and West Africa, Latin America and the Caribbean.
Based on the research report presented by the Research & Monitoring Team of IMDID on the request of our Mexican volunteer, Miss Daniela Funtes Toress, the project was first initiated at Abura, a suburb of Cape Coast municipality in Ghana. The report clearly stated that most adolescent girls drop out of school at the age of 13 – 17 due to an unintended pregnancy, especially on the coastal areas. During a feasibility studies, Assembly
Members, Head teachers and other local leaders and parents confirmed this report as true and evidential.