Get Up Speak Out! (GUSO)
Get Up Speak Out! (GUSO)
Get Up Speak Out (GUSO) for Youth Rights aims to improve the sexual and reproductive health and rights of young people in 7 countries. The programme 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 CHOICE, Dance4life, IPPF and Simavi.
The programme takes a multi-component approach; working simultaneously on ensuring sexuality education, youth-friendly services and building a supportive environment.
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 need of young 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 the previous Access Knowledge and Services (ASK) and Unite for Body Rights (UFBR) projects. 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 programme are young people. By the end of 2017, in the seven countries already 3.1 million sexual and reproductive health services were provided to young people and 560,000 young people were reached with SRHR and HIV information.
Get Up Speak Out (GUSO) 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 programme 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, 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 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.
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