|Breaking the Barriers - Women and the Elimination of World Poverty (DFID, 1999, 24 p.)|
|Education and health|
In many parts of the world, young people are denied access to sexual health services, despite the fact that every year one in 20 young people world-wide contracts a sexually transmitted infection More than 60% of new HIV infections are in young people aged between I5 and 24, the majority of whom are girls
DFID's strategy is to support initiatives to
· improve young people's access to information about sex and sexuality,
· help develop social skills and gender awareness (particularly among young men) to enable them to be more responsible in sexual relationships and develop confidence, self-respect, and respect for others; and
· improve access to gender sensitive, and youth friendly services, including making condoms and other contraceptives more readily available to young people when they do commence sexual relations
We aim to provide information to young people in a language and style they can easily understand.