Introduction:

Share-Net Bangladesh and Share-Net International will host their second annual Co-Creation Conference, “Engaging in Knowledge Translation Together”. The conference will take place from 25th to 29th of January 2021. This year the conference will be completely online giving people all around the world the opportunity to join.

This innovative, dynamic event will be a working conference where participants will develop concrete and evidence informed knowledge products that will be used for influencing policy and practice at country level.

Topic: SRHR for Adolescents and Youth

The second edition of the Co-Creation Conference will evolve around the topic SRHR for Adolescents and Youth.

Adolescents and young people consistently lack access to sexual and reproductive health information and services (Engel et al., 2019). Adolescents and young women have the same right to control over their bodies as adults, and need to receive information, counselling and access to the full range of modern contraceptive options. The adolescent SRH challenges are currently recognised through Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) number 3, which aims to eradicate HIV infections and provide universal access to sexual and reproductive health services as well as incorporating such services into national strategies.

According to UNICEF, the number of adolescents in the world today is 1.2 billion, making up 16% of the world population. It is important to integrate adolescents and youth in the SRHR programmes in a participatory way so that they are able to take decisions and act accordingly having the right information. According to UNICEF, globally around 21% of young women were married before their 18th birthday. Youth-friendly SRH services and information therefore are essential conditions to reduce teenage pregnancies and related maternal mortality Also to prevent risky sexual behaviour of adolescents, correct information about SRHR through social media and youth clubs, child marriage, sexual orientation, equal opportunities, menstrual health management (MHM), use of media for communication, helpdesks could be the underlying issues of this track.

Methodology:

An international and national Community/ies of Practice on SRHR for Adolescents and Youth have been established consisting of Share-Net International members and partners.

A youth-led consultancy team is conducting a narrative review and deliberative dialogues with key informants to advise the kind of products that will be developed during the conference.

All participants of the conference, including researchers, practitioners and policy makers will engage in dialogues and work together for the creation of these knowledge products.

The Share-Net International Co-Creation Conference’s methodology is new in its kind and a range of methodologies are used. Methods include deliberative dialogues, message and product development techniques, write shops, framing messages and language use and several others. During the conference a small grants call will be launched that will lead to the use of the products at country level.

How to be involved:

All Share-Net members have the opportunity to be involved in the preparations of the Co-Creation Conference. Are you a youth-led organisation? Do you work on meaningful youth participation? Do you have extensive knowledge on SRHR for Adolescents and Youth? Or do you have innovative ideas on how to facilitate write shop session online?

Then please feel free to reach out to us via info@share-netinternational.org to engage in the deliberative dialogues or to apply as a facilitator during the conference!

Photo credit to Nienke Elenbaas