Making access a reality: Addressing age of consent barriers in East and Southern Africa
Age of consent requirements create barriers for adolescent and youth’s access to Sexual and Reproductive Health (SRH) services. Addressing age of consent barriers will enable access to high quality, affordable SRH information and services thereby enabling adolescents and youth to make informed choices and ensure positive health seeking behaviors.
The Regional SRHR Fund developed a policy brief with the aim to support law, policy and practice that promote and protect adolescents’ access to SRH information and services in East and Southern Africa. It provides recommendations to policy makers, government officials, Civil Society Organizations (CSOs) and other stakeholders on actions to be undertaken to make access to information and services a lived reality.
The Policy Brief is part of the Consent to Access (#Consent2Access) campaign aimed at advocating for improved laws, policies and practices on age of consent for adolescent access to SRH information and services in East and Southern Africa. The campaign is being undertaken by the Regional SRHR Fund with support from the Sida, through their Regional SRHR Team for Africa.