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Sexual and reproductive health, information and services: opportunities and challenges for marginalised young people in Jordan

Briefing/policy papers

Written by Elizabeth Presler-Marshall, Nicola Jones

Jordan has a large and growing population of adolescents and young adults who lack access to sexual and reproductive health information and services. Cognizant of the relationship between sexual and reproductive health and broader development outcomes, the Jordanian government is committed to taking urgent action to meet these needs. However, despite its policy efforts, the government remains highly constrained by cultural norms that render sexual topics ‘taboo’.

Building on earlier work focused on sexual and reproductive health (Presler-Marshall et al., 2023a), this policy brief draws on mixed methods data collected by the Gender and Adolescence: Global Evidence (GAGE) longitudinal research programme and summarises midline findings regarding young people’s sexual and reproductive health (Presler-Marshall et al., 2023b). It touches briefly on our methods and then presents our headline findings before concluding with implications for policy and programming.

Authors: Presler-Marshall, E., Oakley, E., Jones, N., Luckenbill, S., Alheiwidi. S., Baird, S., Amaireh, W., Ashareef, Q., Alabbadi, T. and Alshammari, F.