The word safe is often defined as protected from risk or danger, or not likely to be harmed. However, safety extends beyond protection from physical harm to include psychological and emotional well-being. Safety is an equilibrium which is desired by all but hard to reach by many.
This year world commemorates International Youth Day under the theme “Safe Spaces for Youth.” What then is the significance of safe spaces to young people, especially in the context of their sexual and reproductive health? Young people need to access safe spaces so as to ensure that they express themselves to the fullest and interact with their society without fear of risk, condemnation or humiliation. Another very important fact about safe spaces is that they preserve life by seeking to remove the obstacles that often hinder young people in engaging in healthy practices and behaviors.