GUSO Kenya WOFAK
GUSO Kenya WOFAK
The Get Up, Speak Out (GUSO) for Youth Rights project (2016-2020) aims to improve the poor sexual and reproductive health and rights of young people in 7 countries, including Kenya, 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.
In Kenya, Aidsfonds works with WOFAK and AYARHEP to ensure that the rights and needs of young people living with HIV are fully integrated in sexuality education, health services and sexual and reproductive health policies.
Nairobi, Kisumu and Homabay
The Get Up Speak Out Theory of Change (ToC) builds on the successes and experience from two previous projects: ASK and UFBR. Our unique added value is our ability to address the multitude of factors and actors influencing young people’s SRHR using a multi-component approach. Using our individual and joint expertise, we can successfully link (i) provision of sexuality education and information, (ii) provision of quality, youth-friendly SRH services and (iii) building support for youth SRHR, by addressing socio-cultural and political barriers in terms of practices, norms and policies
The final beneficiaries of the project are young people.
Together, WOFAK and AYARHEP will reach 78.000 young people by campaigns and (social) media, train 300 peer educators, and support 45 young key influencers to act as SRHR ambassadors and bring SRHR at the forefront. Furthermore, they sensitize 60 policy makers to involve young people and youth-led organisations in SRHR policy review, development and dissemination and sensitize 32 religious leaders to advocate for and support youth SRHR issues.
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.
The project aims to improve the poor sexual and reproductive health and rights of young people 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.
In Kenya 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 consortium of partners has built a strong base of partner organisations in the countries of interventions. The next 5 years will focus on further strengthening these country alliances to effectively and sustainably address young people’s sexual and reproductive health and rights.