Youth group to petition health minister on sexual and reproductive rights
Jovan Johnson, Gleaner Writer
The Jamaica Youth Advocacy Network has initiated a petition calling for the Government to honour international declarations to advance commitments on youth sexual reproductive health and rights issues.
The petition is to be delivered to the Health Minister Dr Fenton Ferguson and Permanent Secretary, Dr Jean Dixon.
The advocacy group is demanding that the Government outlines a clear plan to come of action, after the 2015 United Nations Millennium Development Goal relating to sexual and reproductive health and rights issues is achieved.
The international conventions on sexual and reproductive health and rights require that States ensure universal access to health-care services.
The Jamaica Youth Advocacy Network's petition notes youth involvement; friendly services; legal and socio-cultural barriers; and diversity as matters that the Government must address.
It is calling for uniformity in laws and multisectoral approach in bringing Jamaica in line with international expectations.
Up to last night, the petition received 50 signatures as endorsements.
The Jamaica Youth Advocacy Network is a voluntary youth-led advocacy programme and training organisation addressing a range of issues related to development.
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