Introduction: Young people, especially young women in Zambia, remain at the periphery of decision-making mechanisms and other areas of national development. The majority of young people in Zambia are sexually active however, many of them lack the information and means to adequately address their reproductive health needs, mitigate unplanned pregnancies and protect themselves from sexually transmitted infections (STIs) including HIV and AIDS Approach The Young Women’s Academy aims to address issues of gender inequality by developing the skills of young women. The newly trained young women will be encouraged to develop personal action plans, to which they will be held accountable, and supported in implementing. The objective is to begin to develop a network of young women that are empowered with knowledge to be effective leaders within their own communities, who in turn will be instrumental in bringing about change within their own communities.
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Recorded: The 19th WAS World Congress of Sexual Health, Goteborg (Sweden) June 2009