NWU Mafikeng Campus and UN advocate rights of young people

Koos Degenaar -- Wed, 04/29/2015 - 08:46

NWU Mafikeng Campus and UN advocate rights of young people

The Communications Department in the Faculty of Human and Social Sciences at the North-West University's (NWU) Mafikeng Campus recently played host to the United Nations during their annual research forum.

Dr Adebayo Fayoyin, regional communications adviser of the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) of East and Southern Africa and guest speaker during the event, talked about lessons from the Campaign on Accelerated Reduction of Maternal Mortality in Africa (CARMA).   

UNFPA advocates for the rights of young people, including the right to accurate information and services related to sexuality and reproductive health. It seeks to empower them with knowledge and skills to protect themselves and make informed decisions in order to realize their full potential.

The United Nation Population Fund‘s main aim is to deliver a world where every pregnancy is wanted, every child birth is safe and every young person’s potential is fulfilled. Dr Adebayo shared with the audiences the progress made in order to achieve the millennium development objectives which are to improve maternal health that is assigned to their organization.

He shared shocking information about sexual and reproductive health problems which are the leading cause of death and disability for women in the developing world.  Adding to that, he also indicated that young people bear the highest risks of HIV infection and unintended pregnancy and that more than a hundred million girls face the prospect of child marriage and other harmful practices such as female genital mutilation or cutting.

The presentation strongly advocates for planned pregnancies which will ensure professional medical help for women giving birth which will also help to save many lives. 

 

Dr Adebayo Fayoyin, regional communications adviser of the
United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) of East and Southern Africa.