Youth Voices on Reproductive Rights and Environmental Sustainability in a World of 8 Billion

Established in 2009, YUWA is a youth-run organization working to promote youth participation through empowerment and advocacy. We’re teaming up with Youth Innovator Swostika Thapaliya and Former YUWA President Riju Dhakal to learn how these youth activists are considering the 8 billion mark.

During the presentation, Swostika discussed the state of sexual and reproductive health and rights in Nepal, along with the work that YUWA does to improve the status of sexual and reproductive health and rights for young people through various programs. In addition, we also learned more about YUWA’s active citizenship department’s recent engagement in climate and environmental issues in their community.

Date: October 26th, 2022



Swostika Thapaliya, General Secretary and Youth Innovator 

Swostika Thapaliya, 20, is an undergraduate student of public health at Central Department of Public Health, Maharajgunj. She is a perceptive individual who believes that the cause of the cause of every problem in the world is socio-economic, political or environmental, and one can transform the world only when these issues are addressed at its core. She likes exploring different places and ideas and finds solace in poetry.

Riju Dhakal, President of YUWA (2020-2022)

Former President of YUWA (2020-2022), Riju Dhakal recently earned her Bachelor of Public Health from the Central Department of Public Health, Institute of Medicine, Nepal. She has been an SRHR activist for the past two years and has been involved in national-level advocacy processes and evidence generation under YUWA. She is passionate about poetry, and in her free time, she enjoys traveling.


Do low income and less access youth have equal opportunity to attend your programs?

Riju’s Response:

YUWA focuses on reaching out to young people in diversity and thus our programs promote the participation of marginalized and low-income youths as well, majority of our programs are conducted at free of cost for participation, and special programs are also targeted for people who geographically distant from Kathmandu. In programs that require selection, special priority seats are allocated to promote GESI, and understand the multiplications of intersectional needs.