YANAA, the Young Activist Network for Abortion Advocacy, is an international network by and for young people that focuses on activism and advocacy in relation to safe abortion.

Girls and young women are the best advocates for their own rights and health. With YANAA, we want to build a movement that highlights the intersectional issues around abortion that girls and young women experience.

YANAA is committed to advancing abortion rights in all world regions, working on youth perspectives, and building advocacy strategies on all aspects of abortion, from access to abortion pills to decriminalisation of abortion in law and policy. 

 

Why is YANAA important?

  • Adolescents suffer the most from the negative consequences of unsafe abortion. Forty-one per cent of unsafe abortions in developing regions are among young women aged 15–24 years – 15% among those aged 15–19 years and 26% among those aged 20–24 years. (Shah and Ahman, 2012)

  • Age alone creates a barrier to accessing sexual and reproductive health services, including abortion, due to cultural and social expectations on girls and young women. As a result, accurate information on abortion and youth-friendly services are often not available or accessible to them.

  • Girls and young women are often judged for seeking or having abortions, even when sex was without their consent or coerced.

  • Laws and policies on abortion are in some countries highly restrictive for young people, including the requirement of parental consent. Girls and young women are often seen as incapable of making their own informed decisions, a belief that is largely driven by conservative cultural and religious values around sexual rights and reproductive autonomy.

 

YANAA’s aims

… To campaign for the decriminalisation of abortion with a specific focus on how laws and policies are affecting young people.

… To highlight the lack of evidence about the need for abortion, especially among young girls, and promote universal access to safe abortion as a health and human right issue.

… To promote inter-generational dialogue between feminists on safe abortion activism and develop a platform for young people to share their specific issues. 

… To promote the leadership of young feminists on the abortion issue and support the participation of young leaders on global platforms. 

 

Our vision for change

…To make girls’ and young women’s activism and advocacy work more visible by supporting and promoting their work.

…To ensure that girls’ and young women’s issues become part of new research within the mainstream research agenda.

… To ensure that youth-led research among girls and young women is a part of research and policy initiatives at global, regional and national levels.

 

YANAA is coordinated by a committee of young women that currently includes regional representatives from Argentina, India, Malaysia, South Africa and Sudan and a representative from the International Campaign for Women’s Right to Safe Abortion Coordination Team.

 

Want to join YANAA? 

YANAA provides an opportunity to join a strong, supportive group of organisations and individuals among young abortion advocates who want to share their experiences and learn from each other. We welcome young feminist activists below the age of 35 who are already working on abortion or interested in promoting safe abortion. 

To apply to join YANAA, fill out the form here with your details. We will ask you for a reference who can vouch for you, to ensure the network remains a secure space. 

As a member of YANAA, you will get an opportunity to learn about the international movement for abortion rights, be part of promoting inter-generational feminist dialogue on abortion, and be part of a young activist movement. 

YANAA is a project of the International Campaign for Women’s Right to Safe Abortion.

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For any inquiries, please contact yanaa@safeabortionwomensright.org