Youth: Realities and Challenges for Achieving Development with Equality

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This book offers a portrayal of the opportunities for social inclusion afforded to young people in Latin America and the Caribbean, with a view to building stronger youth policies in the region. The youth population must be included in development processes if progress is to be made towards more egalitarian societies because of what they mean in relation to dependency rates and the needs and issues particular to this stage of life. ECLAC construes the process of inclusion in society from a rights based perspective that transcends the basic pillars of education and employment to encompass other dimensions of social inclusion that are crucial for young people to progress not only in the objective parameters of inclusion, but also in subjective ones, so that they can feel part of a society they help to build. It examines education and the transition towards employment, access to health and important health-related considerations for this age group, the increasingly violent contexts facing youth, the cultural sphere —with particular attention to digital culture— and political participation by young people, all from the perspective of coordinated sectoral policies.

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Health and young people in Latin America and the Caribbean

Understanding and addressing the health needs of young people is crucial because health furthers capacity-building by facilitating school attendance and labour market integration, and thereby fosters social inclusion. And, as ECLAC has noted, social inclusion provides the progressive compliance and fulfilment of rights critical to attain many of the aspirations of a safe, healthy and prosperous society throughout the world, guaranteeing high levels of food and nutrition security, health and well-being (ECLAC, 2014a).

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