saba and sophiaThe Commission on Population and Development opened its 49th session on April 11, 2016 under the theme: “Strengthening the demographic evidence base for the post-2015 development agenda” at United Nations Headquarters in New York, USA.

The World YWCA has submitted the below oral statement “Strengthening the demographic evidence base for the Post 2015 development agenda”, the statement will hopefully be delivered later today by Sophia Pierre-Antoine, World YWCA Programme Associate.

The statement calls for data including:

  1. Data for inclusion and non-discrimination (leave no one behind), through age and gender disaggregation of data especially at community levels.
  2. Data for strategic and targetted programming to issues mostly affecting adolescent girls and young women ie teenage pregnancy, HIV & AIDS, Child marriage, maternal mortality
  3. Data for quality services and enabling access for young people ie youth friendly safe spaces, SRHR, contraceptions
  4. Data for accountability, through policies
  5. Data to support adequate resource allocations
  6. Intentionality in inclusion of young female researchers, statisticians, epidemiologists etc, so that young people are not only beneficiaries but are also providing thought leadership and technical guidance.

Download the Oral Statement here.