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An Exercise in Agency

T Kakal, A van der Kwaak, D.T Pakasi, F Az Zahro, N.R Chairani, R Kartikawati, N.N Natih, R.F Himawan

Experiences of Youth and Enabling Support Structures in claiming their SRHR

Solving problems of youth sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR) is significant for achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Young people aged 15 to 24 constitute 17% (45 million) of the total Indonesian population (Indonesian Central Statistics Agency, 2011). The availability of services, information, and education related to reproductive health is of paramount importance for youth.

Since 2016, the Yes I Do Programme has been running in Sukabumi, Rembang, and West Lombok regencies to fulfill young people’s SRHR needs. In particular, Yes I Do facilitates young people in obtaining information regarding the necessary actions for their sexual and reproductive health. Through this operational research, the Yes I Do Alliance seeks to explore the ways in which young people exercise their sexual and reproductive rights, and how they are supported to perform their agency in relation to their SRHR. This research is primarily concerned with the prevention of child marriages and teenage pregnancies in two districts in Sukabumi Regency.

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