Young People’s Reproductive Sexual Health & Rights (YRSHR)

Young people (10-24 years) represent one-third of India’s population. In this potential demographic dividend, health and sexual rights violations are increasing the burden of disease. Through the life cycle approach that focuses on gender, sexuality, and rights as guiding principles, Mamta is one of the leading contributors to improving sexual and reproductive health. We have supported youth friendly health services (the flagship program of the Government of India) at various levels through technical inputs. Our focus is on four intersecting domains; Comprehensive Sexuality Education; Adolescent Friendly Health Services; Addressing Harmful Traditional Practices like Early Child Forced Marriage; Changing Inequitable Gender Norms.

Comprehensive Sexuality Education

We promote comprehensive sexuality education through intense engagement with the community and focused involvement of men and boys. Through information and training to foster healthier and more equitable behavior among adolescents. We focus on creating positive attitudes among young people about sexuality and gender issues by clearing myths and confusion.

Adolescent Friendly Health Services

As sexual maturation is a major physiological development during this period, it is essential that healthcare services respond while adopting youth-friendly health services. Mamta’s YRSHR implementation programs are based on enhancing accessibility and strengthening of the services. We have played a catalyst role in the establishment of a safe space model for young and adolescents through the formation of the Youth Information Center (YIC) and Gender Resource Centres.

Addressing Abusive Practices

Women and girls in India, especially from marginalized communities experience discrimination, abuse and violation of their basic human rights. Practices such as early marriage, early pregnancy, female foeticide, dowry etc. continue to plague India. Mamta promotes and advances female centric community intervention models to empower individuals and communities by creating opportunities for dialogue on discriminatory and culturally inequitable gender norms and practices. Our emphasis is on strengthening administrative systems for the enforcement of laws and policies, community mobilization, empowerment of young people, networking and strengthening capacities of CSOs

Changing Inequitable Gender Norms

While working with young people we have developed a significant understanding of concerns related to sexual and reproductive health issues, due to lack of information and services. Our interventions promote equitable norms among the marginalized and vulnerable adolescent communities in India. As a prevention strategy, it is crucial to discuss inequitable gender norms in rural settings, especially one that defines masculinity.


YRSHR interventions implemented
in 30 Districts across India

Currently working in
6 States/UT's

Providing technical support to
3 State Governments