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Theme: Advancing the Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights of Women and Girls in Urban in Informal Settlements (Slum Communities)
The Sexual and Reproductive Health indicators, morbilities and mortality of women and girls living in informal urban settlements (slums) in Africa are severe compared to those in the general population including early sexual debut, unprotected sexual intercourse, high incidence of sexually transmitted diseases and HIV/AIDS, unplanned pregnancies, unmet need for family planning (FP), unsafe abortion, maternal mortality, gender based violence (GBV) and harmful traditional practices (HTP).
Addressing the inequalities of women and girls in these informal settlements across Africa is key to achieving the 2030 Sustainable Development Goals and the AU Agenda 2063. Efforts to reach women and girls from these informal settlements with quality SRH information and services must be concerted and targeted.
The 9th Africa Conference on Sexual Health and Rights is part of a long-term process of building and fostering regional dialogue/alliance on SRH that leads to concrete actions and enhances stakeholder-capacity to influence policy and programming in favour of a sexually healthy continent.