In Kenya, Uganda and Malawi young people face high risks for sexual and reproductive health problems and rights violations. Young people, including young people living with HIV, lack access to sexuality information and services and policies are often not well aligned to the reality of young people.
The Get Up, Speak Out: For Youth Rights project (2016-2020) aims to improve the poor sexual and reproductive health and rights of young people in 7 countries by strengthening civil society organisations to effectively address young people's rights and needs. Meaningful youth participation is a key strategy to make sure the voice of young people is heard.
The project is developed and implemented by a consortium of partner organisations, under the leadership of Rutgers and funded by the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Other partners are Aidsfonds (previously STOP AIDS NOW!), Simavi, dance4life, IPPF and CHOICE.
Aidsfonds focuses its activities in Kenya, Uganda and Malawi, and works specifically with self-organisations of (young) people living with HIV. Through these partners, Aidsfonds aims to ensure that the rights and needs of people living with HIV are fully integrated in sexuality education, health services and sexual and reproductive health policies.
Get Up Speak Out builds on the previous Access, Knowledge and Services (ASK) and Unite for Body Rights (UfBR) projects, which were implemented in the same countries through alliances of complementing partners.
On September 23, 2017, Nyanzi and Gloria (21) from Uganda were crowned Mr and Miss Y+ during a beauty contest for young people living with HIV. The contest doesn’t focus on looks, but on being a role model for other young people with HIV, on being able to advocate for the needs of young people, and to increase acceptance and understanding of young people living with HIV in society. Read more