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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 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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Sexuality Education: Who is Responsible? #IGDUg16 is on!

20 October, 2016   |   Blog, Latest Blog, Updates, Videos

On 29th October, Reach a Hand Uganda, will be holding its third annual Intergenerational dialogue. This year’s theme is: Sexuality Education: Who is Responsible? RAHU will is going to engage government, parents, teachers, ...

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Girls’ Progress = Goals’ Progress: What Counts for Girls

12 October, 2016   |   Blog, Latest Blog, Updates, Videos

In support of the International Day of the Girl Child – October 11,2016-  see what a senior chief in Malawi is doing to protect the health and wellbeing of girls.  She is doing what truly counts for girls in her chiefdom by annulling child marria...

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Being a Young Person

28 July, 2016   |   Blog, Latest Blog, Updates, Videos

As part of efforts to ensure all young people have access to comprehensive, life-skills based sexuality education, UNESCO screened a new video at the 18-July Eastern and Southern Africa Commitment Progress Review Meetin...

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Launching two years of progress of the ESA Commitment: How far have we come?

18 July, 2016   |   Blog, Latest Blog, Updates, Videos

In December 2013, ministers of health and education from 20 Eastern and Southern Africa (ESA) gathered in Cape Town and endorsed a commitment to work jointly to improve young people’s access to sexuality education and sexual and reproductive health...

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HIV self-testing kits – a problem or a solution in Eastern and Southern Africa?

13 July, 2016   |   Blog, Latest Blog, Our Voice, Updates

Written by: Tikhala Itaye, President of the Eastern and Southern African region of AfriYAN, co-founder of Her Liberty Namibia, Executive producer of “Don’t kiss and Tell”, a TV drama series on HIV and GBV among young people, and Regional Th...

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Celebrating one year: anniversary of the Girl Child Education Law in Central Equatoria, South Sudan

17 December, 2015   |   Latest Blog, Updates

Written by: Taban Robert Aggrey This December, South Sudan marks the anniversary of a tremendous step forward in empowering adolescents and young women: the Girl Child Education Law in Central Equatoria. It enacts the prohibition of early...

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Parents and religious leaders talk sexuality

10 December, 2015   |   Latest Blog, Updates

In many religious communities, the issue of addressing sex and sexuality among young people is a taboo. Many religious leaders and communities have developed significant stigma leading to a deafening silence around issues of sexuality. This makes a...

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Eradicating Stigma through the power of media

20 October, 2015   |   Latest Blog, Updates

Written and photos taken by: Taban Robert Aggrey, journalists in Juba, South Sudan 'Stigmatization is one of the leading factors discouraging young people from attending youth friendly health facilities’ said Dr. Victoria Achut, Director for th...

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Highlights from Youth Day 2015 #YPTTakeover

13 August, 2015   |   Blog, Latest Blog, Updates

Yesterday, on August 12, 2015, Young People Today teamed up with three amazing young people from across Eastern and Southern Africa for our first ever Twitter Takeover in honour of International Youth Day. Kevin Karuga, Patrick Mwesigye and Nyasha...

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What do you do when leaders are hesitant to implement Sexuality Education?

12 June, 2015   |   Latest Blog, Updates

Lessons learned in Lesotho: The importance of local dialogue in breaking the barriers and stigma surrounding sexuality education Implementing Life Skills Education that incorporates comprehensive sexuality education (CSE) can be a...

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Ethiopia and Rwanda share best practices in addressing sexual reproductive health needs for young people

13 April, 2015   |   Latest Blog, Updates

As progress continues towards the ESA Commitment targets, it is crucial that countries are continuously sharing information and learning from one another. UNFPA and UNESCO Rwanda partnered with Girl Hub and the Ministry of Health to host a delegation...

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World Radio Day: An innovative way youth take ownership in Mozambique

13 February, 2015   |   Latest Blog, Updates

Radio still remains to be one of the most accessible media tools in the world. It becomes a critical link for young people to access life-saving information about their choices and their future. With the collaboration of Rádio Moçambique (RM), the ...

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A year in review: Highlights from 2014

31 December, 2014   |   Blog, Country Progress, Events, Updates

2014 has been a year full of impressive progress from countries involved in the Eastern and Southern Africa (ESA) Commitment. Since the signing of the commitment in December 2013, huge strides have been made to deliver comprehensive sexuality educa...

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Marking one year of the ESA Commitment

17 December, 2014   |   Events, Updates

Progress in strengthening comprehensive sexuality education and health services for young people This December marks the first year of implementation following the groundbreaking Eastern and Southern Africa (ESA) commitment. Endorsed by M...

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Young People Discussions

That’s a wrap! Outtakes from the Pre-Youth Symposium

8 December, 2014   |   Blog, Events, Latest Blog, Photos, Updates

Over the past three days 173 young people from 28 countries across Africa were brought together at the Pre-Youth Symposium in Lusaka, Zambia, to examine barriers to Adolescent and Youth SHHR Information and Services. The Zambian Ministry of Youth ...

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South Sudan Ministry of Education prepares integration of sexuality education into curriculum

30 September, 2014   |   Latest Blog, Updates

By Taban Robert Aggrey National Ministry of Education, Science and Technology (MOEST) has been preparing for the integration of comprehensive sexuality education in the school curriculum. This will be aimed at strengthening HIV prevention and fost...

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Sexuality Education for Youth – Key in Preventing the Spread of HIV in Zambia

22 August, 2014   |   Events, Latest Blog, Updates

Sexuality education and the provision of services for adolescents and young people are at the heart of a recently launched national programme, implemented by the Government of Zambia and supported by UNESCO. The programme, launched in April 2014, ...

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First Lady of Malawi joins High Level Group on ESA Commitment

30 July, 2014   |   Blog, Updates

The First Lady of Malawi, Madame Gertrude Mutharika, became the latest member to join the Eastern and Southern Africa (ESA) Commitment’s High Level Group. Madame Mutharika joins the High Level Group, composed of prominent leaders from the Eastern a...

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Zambia’s call to action on Child marriage

24 July, 2014   |   Blog, Events, Updates

Child marriage remains a prevalent issue across the country of Zambia. According to the 2007 Zambia Demographic and Health Survey, on average, 42 per cent of girls will be married before their 18th birthday. In early July 2014, a symposium was organi...

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Collaboration and support from Germany on ESA Commitment

23 July, 2014   |   Blog, Updates

Support from the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (GIZ) to the ESA Commitment continues. Last week, Prof. Sheila Tlou, Director of UNAIDS ESA Regional Support Team and Dr. Patricia Machawira, UNESCO Regional Healt...

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Why act now for young people today?

19 July, 2014   |   Updates, Videos

An initiative that brings together policy makers, young people and civil society to strengthen sexuality education and reproductive and sexual health services in eastern and southern Africa. By having adequate access to these services, young people a...

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ESA Commitment Update

2 June, 2014   |   Blog, Updates

Country information meetings have taken place in 14 countries with further meetings or alternative processes being planned for the remaining six countries. Several countries have taken steps to start implementing the commitment. Examples include the ...

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