Our Causes

TaYA is dedicated to address the health and wellbeing of adolescents and young people, to create an enabling environment for them to grow and thrive.

According to the World Health Organization (WHO), adolescence and youth constitute the second decade of life, which is neither framed as children nor adults. While adolescents constitute the age range 10-19 years, post-adolescence (youth and young people) are in between 20-24 years of age (WHO, 2002). The WHO further specifies early adolescence as 10-14 and late adolescence as 15-19 years of age. At a global level, there are significant variations in the age of so-called ’young people’ in terms of age. In the Ethiopian context, there is no official reference to adolescence with the wider age group 15-29 years considered ‘youth’ (MoYS, 2004).

In Ethiopia, adolescents and youth constitute the larger proportion of the population- the 10-24 age range make up over 32% of the total population, while those aged 15-29 constitutes 28% of the total population (CSA, 2007). Based on the census report of 2007, the proportion of those aged 10-14, 15-19, 20-24, and 25-29 years was found to be 12% 10%, 9% and 8% of the total population. Such age variation implies diverse needs, capacities. 

Yet, adolescence and/or youth-hood is known to be a time when their rights to information, services, participation, and their remaining needs are believed to be compromised. Denial of the human rights of a child by the practice of child, early and forced marriage is a violation that remains commonplace in many countries and most regions worldwide even where laws forbid it. Vulnerability to child abuse, early and forced marriage is related to extreme poverty, the low status of women, and community vulnerability, as much as to cultural norms.

The Ethiopian youth are recognized to have played formidable roles in the country’s social, economic, and political life (MoYS 2004). Nonetheless, it is also documented that young people in Ethiopia encounter multitudes of problems including access to sexual reproductive information, friendly services, harmful traditional practices, school dropouts, and employment opportunities (Mirgissa, 2012).

Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights

Sexual and Reproductive Health

We advocate for an enabling environment for adolescents and young people to responsibly enjoy their sexual and reproductive health rights

Meaningful Youth Engagement

We promote the meaningful participation of young people in development so that policies & programs respond to the best interest of young people

Women Empowerment

Girls and women empowerment

We commit for the empowerment of girls & young women through increasing access to education,  economic opportunities & fighting harmful traditional practices

Youth Employment and Skills Building

We strive for increased youth employability because we firmly believe youth unemployment is a preventable situation with multiple consequences