Let’s talk about contraception! We at the Young Adults’ Network want to encourage everyone in Finland and around the world to talk about their experiences of contraception. We believe it is important to raise awareness of the global state of contraception and break the taboo and stigma attached to it. On this site, you have the chance to share your own experiences of contraception — whether they are positive or negative, related to preventing unwanted pregnancies and sexually transmitted diseases, attitudes towards contraception, or any challenges you have faced. The submitted stories will help us advocate these themes when discussing the Finnish Agenda 2030 -implementation plan.

Sexual and reproductive rights form the basis for the Young Adults’ Network’s yearly theme in 2018. At the moment, contraception is a human right that is not readily available to everyone on a global level. We believe it’s time to change that. Help us take a step forward and share your story!

Sexual rights have been defined in a variety of ways, and they cover a wide range of sexuality-related aspects of life. You can read more about them in the WAS Declaration of Sexual Rights.

Sexual rights are human rights that should be guaranteed for everyone, regardless of their age, gender, race, language, religion, nationality, social status, ethnic background, political or any other views, sexual orientation, gender identity or representation, socioeconomic status, disability, or health. Sexual rights are one of the most vulnerable parts of all human rights, and many people around the world are denied them.

Youth sexual rights are especially fragile, and many young people face fundamental challenges and problems trying to fulfil them. The problems young people around the world run into are varying but still overlapping, and for this reason it is important to promote these rights on a global level. For more information on sexual rights in a global context (in Finnish).

The availability of contraception is not a given for all young people. This may be due to a lack of information on different methods of contraception, an unattainable price tag, or the fact that youth sexuality is still a taboo in the area. These conditions make access to contraception difficult and leave young people exposed to sexually transmitted diseases and unwanted pregnancies.

The fulfillment of sexual rights prevents poverty and promotes development, whereas violations to sexual rights hinder development. When young girls and women are denied access to contraception, they are left exposed to sexually transmitted diseases and unwanted pregnancies. Some of them can’t afford an abortion, or they live in an area where abortions are illegal. This may result in unsafe abortions that threaten both the health and lives of these girls and women. Unsafe abortion means that the pregnancy is terminated in dangerous conditions where the practitioners lack medical proficiency or the used equipment is lacking and unhygienic. Young expecting mothers may have to drop out of school during the pregnancy, meaning that they are also deprived of education. This leads to a spiral of poverty and only strengthens inequality.