Friday, May 14, 2021 – World Youth Alliance Africa (WYAA) successfully hosted the WYA Africa Youth Summit 2021, to address the rising campaigns for In-Vitro fertilization (IVF), surrogacy policies as well as the push for comprehensive sexuality education in sub–Saharan Africa. These practices violate human dignity and are not in sync with the WYA values. The main theme of the event was “The Youth today, affirming the culture of life”.
The event featured two main speakers Dr. Wahome Ngare and Ms. Karen Kilwake and was attended by 150 young people from across different countries in Sub-Saharan Africa. Dr. Wahome shed light on In-Vitro fertilization and surrogacy policies where he talked about the purported justification for IVF and surrogacy and concluded by discussing the ethical alternatives to IVF and surrogacy.
Ms. Karen Kilwake discussed the youth contribution to policy matters and the role that the certified WYA members in Kenya played against the Kenya Reproductive Healthcare bill 2019. She also talked about comprehensive sexuality education, different international treaties that African countries have signed and their effect on discussions regarding Reproductive Health.
The two speakers then proceeded to answer questions from the participants most of which concerned the role the youth can play in discussions of policy surrounding surrogacy and IVF.
The major takeaways from the event were that In-Vitro fertilization and surrogacy undermine the human dignity of the woman and the child. Both practices violate both women and children’s rights and risk their physical and mental health. Surrogacy also poses serious problems with regard to existing international human rights norms. For these reasons, alternatives should be pursued to help couples struggling with infertility which respects the lives and dignity of all involved.
World Youth Alliance Africa together with the main speakers helped the participants to learn about specific ways young people can continue to make a difference in Reproductive health such as adoption and medical treatment of infertility. The event ended with the participants going into break-out sessions to interact more and get to know each other.
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