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Ponton Group of Sex Educators awarded with the With and For Girls Award

The With and For Girls Collective is a group of nine organisations united by a common belief that girls are agents of change. Comic ReliefEMpowerFRIDAMama CashNike FoundationNoVo FoundationPlan International UK, Stars Foundation – the Collective’s convening partner –  and The Global Fund for Children have come together to co-create a global awards initiative to find and fund locally-led girl-centred organisations working with and for girls.

Despite the critical role that women and girls play in sustainable development, the World Bank estimates that less than 2 cents of every $1 spent on international aid is directed towards adolescent girls, and it is estimated that only about 1% of all official aid, and an even smaller portion of humanitarian assistance, goes directly to the global south.

The Collective demonstrates that donors can fund in a meaningful way, allowing grassroots girl-led organisations to receive the flexible funding they so desperately need. 

Ponton Group of Sex Educators was founded by a group of young activists in Poland in 2001 to help empower young people to embrace adolescence and adulthood with confidence by improving their knowledge of sexual and reproductive health and rights through education and advocacy. 

Ponton, which means life raft in Polish, works with youth aged 13-19, with a particular focus on adolescent girls. The organisation, affiliated with the Federation for Women and Family Planning, provides comprehensive sexuality education for teens as well as online and phone counselling services.

It also organises awareness and advocacy campaigns on sexuality education, sexual violence, sexually transmitted infections, unwanted and teen pregnancies. Ponton advocates on a national and regional level in order to include comprehensive sexuality and relationship education into the mandatory school curriculum.

Ponton runs extensive research projects on the state of sexual education in the country. These studies help reinforce and deliver advocacy messages and educate the community on good standards of gynaecological care, especially for young women, LGBTQ women and women with disabilities.

Ponton is a girl-centred organisation that works on highly controversial topics in Poland. Its programmes are relevant to the context in which it operates, and to date, it has impacted over 5,000 people.

source: Stars Foundation

"Worlds Apart": UNFPA's State of the World Population Report 2017

Access an interactive version of the report HERE or download the file HERE

Welcome letter to the new UNFPA Executive Director

Together with ASTRA Network, ASTRA Youth has issued a letter of welcome to Dr. Natalia Kanem, the newly appointed Executive Director of the United Nations Population Fund.

In the letter the coordinators of ASTRA Network and ASTRA Youth present the work of their organizations,  express the willingness of cooperation with the UNFPA regarding the advancement of sexual and reproductive health and rights of women and girls in Central and Eastern Europe, as well as offer their support and expertise in this area. 

You can access the letter HERE

 

International Safe Abortion Day Watchdog

To mark September 28, the Global Day of Action for Access to Safe and Legal Abortion, the Youth Coalition for Sexual and Reproductive Rights launched the 2017 International Safe Abortion Day Watchdog. The Watchdog is authored, edited, and designed entirely by young people. In it, you will find photographs, essays, research, infographics, artwork, and poetry from all around the world, including: Pakistan, the Philippines, Venezuela, Ecuador, the United Kingdom, the United States of America, Colombia, Turkey, Canada, Egypt, and Chile.

Access the Watchdog HERE

“Embracing Controversy: Comprehensive Sexuality Education in Conservative Europe” Webinar

The webinar will look at Comprehensive Sexuality Education (CSE) in Central and Eastern Europe at a time of rising populism. Speakers will discuss the changing political environment and how this has affected their activism. Marta Paczkowska, the Coordinator of ASTRA Youth will be one of the featured speakers, along with Featured Kinga Wiśniewska, YouAct (Poland) and Marianella Matejcic, PaRiter (Croatia). 

Register here by September 9.

 

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