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UNESCO and UN Women release guidance to end gender-based violence in education

8 December, 2016   |   Blog, Latest Blog, Updates

8 December 2016   To help end a global phenomenon that affects millions of children, families and communities worldwide, UNESCO and UN Women are released a More

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Parliamentarians throw their weight behind the ESA Commitment

6 December, 2016   |   Blog, Latest Blog, Updates

Members of Parliament from Eastern and Southern Africa (ESA) came together in Johannesburg, South Africa, from 16 – 17 November, to discuss the landmark 2013 E...

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Let’s Step Up and Deliver – Sexuality Education and Services for Young People!

2 November, 2016   |   Blog, Latest Blog, Updates, Videos

Minsters from the region reaffirmed the ESA Commitment during a 2-year progress meeting at the 2016 International AIDS Conference. This reaffirmation was expressed in the ministerial call to action aptly titled Lets Step Up and Deliver! A Ministerial...

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YOUNG PEOPLE ARE THE FUTURE.

TIME TO ACT NOW.

Many young people in Eastern and Southern Africa lack basic knowledge of and access to crucial sexual and reproductive heath information and services, including issues related to HIV and pregnancy prevention.

 

Enter Young People Today: an initiative, supported by the United Nations, the Southern African Development Community (SADC), the East African Community (EAC) and Civil Society Organizations to improve the health and wellbeing of young people in the region.


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Challenges facing young people today

Education

60%

of young people still lack the basic knowledge to prevent HIV due to a lack of sexuality education.
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A gap of 70%

was seen in primary and secondary school sexuality education curriculum in the region (review conducted in 2011).
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Health

34% of Females

45% of Males

between 15-24 use condoms. This is on average, low.
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430,000 NEW HIV INFECTIONS

are contracted among young people aged 15-24 every year.
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Why do we have these challenges?

THERE IS A LACK OF

1. ACCESS TO COMPREHENSIVE SEXUALITY EDUCATION

Teach young people about methods for preventing HIV, STIs and unintended pregnancy as well as skills that help them explore their own values, goals and options.

2. ADEQUATE, YOUTH-FRIENDLY SEXUAL AND REPRODUCTIVE HEALTH SERVICES

High quality, widely available health care that includes affordability, convenience and standardized services.

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WHAT CAN WE DO?
JOIN TOGETHER.

 

BRINGING 21 COUNTRIES TOGETHER FOR ONE COMMON GOAL.

With a strong commitment from the Southern African Development Community (SADC) and the East African Community (EAC), Ministers of Health and Education from 21 countries have committed to keep young people's sexual and reproductive health information and services at the forefront of their national agendas.

One of the biggest issues is the gap that hasn’t been bridged between the knowledge and the laws that are out there that supports sexual and reproductive rights. There are policies there but how are they being implemented and directed to young people?

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