This statement runs the risk of undermining the right to education and the right to equality of girls.
Most, if not all, reproductive health partners say: ”No commodity, no program,” as they ponder how best to reach women and girls with life-saving commodities including contraceptives.
One of the biggest wins at the London Summit on Family Planning held on July 11th, 2017, is the engagement of young people in almost all panels and consultations, underscoring the reality that youth are both beneficiaries and key actors in sexual and reproductive health interventions across countries.
The London Summit on Family Planning ended on July 11th with at least 49 countries committing to improve family planning services, and many more are making commitments towards attaining the 120 million more users by 2020 – a goal set in 2012.
A gender and family planning advocate, Halima Shariff, concedes saying that we cannot simply let these young souls ‘wonder in the cold’ without any support as this will only sustain the poverty cycle and deny the country of a human resource that could contribute to national development.
TPAPD Chair Hon. Mary Mwanjelwa and Secretary General, Hon Sebastian Kapufi made special appeals to parliamentarians to ensure that family planning remains at the centre of development planning.