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Building a Coalition to Support Youth in Peru

During a sexual and reproductive health meeting held in Mexico in 1989, a dream began amongst a group of Peruvian professionals of creating a network to promote sexual and reproductive health among youth in their country. The professionals recognized that in Peru, organizations were not openly communicating their efforts, successes and failures, and, least of all, their products. We felt all should be working toward a common goal – the sexual and reproductive health of youth. The dream lingered until a 1993 national workshop renewed our passion, and the six dreamers began to meet informally. We worked to build personal relationships with key people in the field, inviting them to meetings where common problems were discussed. By the time REDESS Jovenes— National Network of Education, Sexual Health and Development for Youth—formally elected a Directive Board and legally registered as an NGO a year later, the network had enlarged to 33 members.

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