This project aims to improve the sexual and reproductive health and rights of young people in 7 countries. 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 Simavi, dance4life, IPPF and CHOICE
The project takes a multi-component approach, working simultaneously on ensuring sexuality education, youth-friendly services and building a supportive environment.
Aids fonds focuses its activities in Malawi, and works specifically with self-organisations of (young) people living with HIV. Through these partners, Aids fonds aims to ensure that the rights and need of people living with HIV are fully integrated in sexuality education, health services and sexual and reproductive health policies.
The Get Up Speak Out Theory of Change (ToC) builds on the successes and experience from
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
The final beneficiaries of the project are young people. Project aim to reach 300.000 young people through comprehensive SRHR information and education
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 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 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.