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Creating an Enabling Environment for Youth to Access SRHR Information and Services

These seed grants were funded by Johnson & Johnson and WomanCare Global via the Women Deliver C Exchange Youth Initiative.

By: Humphrey Nabimanya, Reach a Hand Uganda

According to statistics from the Uganda Demographic and health survey, the teenage pregnancy rate stands at 24%.  This means one in four teenage girls is pregnant or has had a child. Due the negative attitudes towards sexuality education in schools from School Management and Governance Boards, young people have limited access to accurate information and youth-friendly services while in school.

To change this, RAHU is distributing dustbins in schools under our Peer Education Academy ‘Sexuality campaign under 18, through talking environment’ project. These dustbins are specially designed with stickers bearing sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR) messages. The messages were developed by young people. We held focus group discussions with a group of students to discuss the different messages and make sure the messages were appropriate and accessible for young people. The goal is to create an enabling environment where the youth are empowered to discuss SRHR issues. The dustbins are placed in strategic areas where rubbish is disposed of, thus becoming a good avenue for young people to access the messages freely. So far, we have reached 15 schools in and around Kampala, and hope to reach a total of 30. Read more...

Helping Women Through Clean Water and Sanitation

By Katja Iversen and Massimo Berruti; Originally posted by MSNBC

Katja Iversen is the CEO of Women Deliver

In the U.S., the average girl can pour herself a glass of clean water when she’s thirsty. She can walk to school on paved streets without sewage getting in her way. And, when she matures, she can easily purchase feminine hygiene products and use a private restroom at her convenience. Her period is a nuisance, but it does not disrupt her day – or her life.

This is not the reality for the world’s poorest girls and women. Basic necessities — safe water, sanitation and hygiene supplies — are scarce and often unavailable to girls and women living in poverty. These stark conditions jeopardize the health, education and well-being of girls and women in ways the average American cannot, and does not have to, imagine. Read more...

Delivering for Girls and Women Through UN General Assembly Week

As world leaders, international agency heads, government officials, civil society representatives, corporate executives, and youth advocates begin to gather in New York City for the 69th session of the United Nations General Assembly, Women Deliver is poised to call for greater awareness of and investments for the health, rights and wellbeing of girls and women. Read more...

Let #MDG456Live Keep You Posted During UNGA Week

With side events, announcements, presentations and discussions happening all throughout next week, it can be difficult to keep track of all the news and updates. With that in mind, Women Deliver has partnered with Johnson & Johnson, FHI 360 and Girls Globe, in support of Every Woman Every Child, to provide live coverage of the 69th session of the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) through #MDG456Live’s website and Daily Delivery emails. Read more...

Finding New Ways to Reach A Project’s Goals Despite Unexpected Challenges

These seed grants were funded by Johnson & Johnson and WomanCare Global via the Women Deliver C Exchange Youth Initiative.

By: Tunde Ajidagba, Campus Health & Rights Initiative (Nigeria)

The goal of my project is to promote access to comprehensive and integrated sexual and reproductive health services among students at Obafemi Awolowo University (OAU) to reduce unwanted pregnancy, unsafe abortion, and sexually transmitted infections, including HIV. Although the project has faced some challenges, I have been able to provide strong solutions.

One major challenge for implementing the project was the change in the school calendar due to a national strike by the academic staff at the university. OAU is a federal university and for over two months, the lecturers at the university went on industrial strike to drive home some demands of the government. When the strike ended, the academic calendar had to be adjusted to compensate for the lost time – class schedules and exam periods were changed. Read more...

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