4. What were specific topics, moments you looked out for the Ado Avance Ensemble programme?
Within the Ado Avance Ensemble programme, we were particularly interested in topics related to sexual and reproductive health and rights for young people in West and Central Africa.
These topics align closely with our mission, and we sought out sessions that addressed youth empowerment, education, access to safe abortion and family planning services. We were also keen on participating in discussions centered around strategies to advance the West and Central Africa Commitment (WCA) for educated, healthy and thriving adolescents and young people, as it aligns with our commitment to creating safe environments where young people can access comprehensive SRHR education and services.
5. What was the most inspiring event you attended?
The most inspiring event for me at Women Deliver 2023 was the commemoration of the 20th Anniversary of the Maputo Protocol. This milestone celebrated the progress made in prioritising SRHR for women and girls in Africa and reinforced the need for comprehensive and inclusive strategies. It was a powerful reminder of the transformative impact that dedicated advocacy and international collaboration can achieve.
6. Have you made any suggestions at any sessions?
During various sessions, we did share suggestions related to bolstering youth engagement and strengthening comprehensive sexual education in the region such as:
- Youth engagement: Prioritising youth-driven approaches involves active participation of young people in program design, implementation, and evaluation, leveraging their insights and experiences.
- Comprehensive curriculum: We support comprehensive sexuality education curricula covering not only biology but also topics like consent, healthy relationships, gender equality, and reproductive rights, promoting responsible behaviour and attitudes.