Shareer Apna, Adhikaar Apne

“Young girls in our village are raised only to become mothers.”

We are very happy to share with you ‘Shareer Apna, Adhikaar Apne – A Youth-Led Report on Policy Recommendations to ensure Comprehensive Sexuality Education (CSE) for Young People in Uttar Pradesh’.

The report is part of a two-year pilot programme supported by the John. D and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation that addresses the need to strengthen CSE within Life Skills and Sexual and Reproductive Health (SRH) Information programmes for young people in Uttar Pradesh and was developed jointly by The YP Foundation (TYPF) and SAHAYOG with technical support from UNESCO India was released as part of a State Level Dialogue held on 26th August, 2013 in Jai Shanker Prasad Hall, Qaiserbagh, Lucknow.

The report shares the experiences and recommendations from a State-Level Consultation held in 2011 that engaged with 52 youth activists and leaders from 19 districts whose programmes are reaching out to 1,96,905 beneficiaries in Uttar Pradesh. It has been designed as a tool for young people to advocate with state and national-level policymakers and government officials for the inclusion and/or strengthening of Comprehensive Sexuality Education within existing policies and programmes that address adolescent and young people’s sexual and reproductive health.

The report is a reflection of the voices and aspirations of young people who have been leading SRH interventions with their peers at community level, articulating their views, opinions and recommendations on the need for CSE within the state.

“The right to compulsory health services should be available through constitution. Govt. doesn’t give any charity, as it has to give us our rights according to constitution.”

– M/22 years (Varanasi)

“It’s important to get full information on health. Otherwise you will not be able to prevent yourself from getting diseases. This is what worries me.”

– M/24 years (Barabanki)


We hope that this report, available both in Hindi and English, can be used to advance platforms for dialogue between young people with policy makers, government officials, media, civil society and key stakeholders at community, district and state level and could be useful to the work you are doing. The report can also be downloaded from here.

“Young people need to be empowered to advocate for this information within their homes, so that parents can become strong allies. Participants in the consultation indicated the desire to have the opportunity to address religious conservatism in their own communities. There was positivity, willingness and an excitement amongst participants to be able to take these discussions forward and tackle the challenges that the same would bring.”

We hope you can find the time to go through the report and share your feedback with us, we would deeply appreciate your inputs and advice on the same.

UP-Report-Feature-ImageDownload your copy of the report now from the link below!

Download the report (English, PDF)
Download the report (Hindi, PDF)

Photos from the Report Launch


Please download the press release below and click on the press clippings to read what’s been written about the report in the media.

Press release, August 26, 2013

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