The WHRAP-SEA partnership (http://srhr4youth.org) has been working through capacity building, evidence generation and partnership to address the issues of young people’s SRHR and the Global South Youth partnership has been monitoring and reviewing the status of young people's SRHR. We recognize the close inter-linkages between young people's SRHR and other issues that affect them such as unemployment, education, etc. and have mobilized young people around various international events.
Young people make up nearly half of the global population, with approximately 88% living in developing countries. The Asia-Pacific region alone accounts for 60% of the youth population, amounting to approximately 750 million persons. In Asia, young people are heterogeneous, and have come from all walks of life. They are in-school and out of school, migrants, workers in the formal and informal sectors, and unemployed, from rural and from urban areas.
They are of diverse sexualities and gender identities, they live with HIV, they are sex workers, and they have disabilities. They are young girls and boys who have limited access to education due to many contributing factors. They face multiple challenges, such as poverty, migration, religious fundamentalism, education, employment and health that intersect with harmful traditional and cultural norms. Therefore, the needs and rights of this large subgroup deserve greater attention, especially in light of the challenges they currently face.