Convening on Adolescents to Inform the Special Rapporteur on the Right to Health’s Upcoming Report
The Special Rapporteur on the Right to Health’s upcoming report, which will be delivered to the Human Rights Council in June 2016, will elaborate on the right to health of adolescents. Framing adolescence as children’s period of transition into adulthood, the Special Rapporteur will explore adolescents’ autonomy, evolving capacities, and right to make decisions about their health and well-being. In particular, the Special Rapporteur will look at violence as a cross-cutting theme and examine its intersection with adolescents’ sexual and reproductive health and rights, including sexual violence; sexual orientation and gender identity; and mental health. From this perspective, empowerment versus paternalism vis-à-vis the state and parents will also be discussed. Furthermore, this report will seek to situate violence as both a public health and human rights issue.
In order to inform the Special Rapporteur’s work on this report, this convening will bring together civil society members from a range of disciplines to discuss these issues and how the Special Rapporteur can enhance the current global dialogue and further push for the realization of the right to health in this regard. Participants’ experience working on adolescents’ rights in different capacities will inform and contribute to the Special Rapporteur’s report.
Axel Keating presented on issues facing intersex adolescents in the United States.