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Project Title: Young Women Championing Access to SRHR and HIV Services in Kenya


Young women and girls in Kenya face a lot of Reproductive health challenges which include; lack of access to quality health information and services, safe spaces to discuss health challenges early marriages and its effects on their health, teenage pregnancy leading to school dropout, HIV and Aids, sexually transmitted infections, safe motherhood and maternal health, access to effective family planning information, violence against women e.g. rape and female genital mutilation amongst others.

The YWCA SRHR project takes an integrated approach to ensuring young women have access to correct and relevant information that is age appropriate as well as access to services through a referral system.
The programme is funded by the Packard Foundation through the World YWCA and has been implemented in the YWCA Branches of Kisumu, Kisii and Siaya although all Branches undertake SRHR activities.

The Approach

A. The YWCA Kenya uses the safe space model which has 8 key components;

  1. Accessible and safe location – safe spaces in all YWCA Branches
  2. Leadership and participation – Young women are represented and participate in leadership at all levels of the organization Kenya has 30% representation.
  3. Accurate and reliable information – Young women access comprehensive sexuality education, life skills building, HIV/STI’s, teenage pregnancies, contraception etc.
  4. Building trust – safe non judgemental space, girls and young women feel free and confident to talk about their issues of concern.
  5. Holistic approaches – life skills training, leadership training, financial literacy training
  6. Intergenerational cooperation – forums for the different generations to meet and openly discuss sexuality issues dispelling myths and taboos.
  7. Dignity and respect for adolescents and young women
  8. Partnership and accountability- development of referral systems for provision of youth friendly services

B.   Peer to Peer Approach
Young people respond better when information is delivered by peers. Training and capacity building for peer educators is core to the program, ensuring their skills and knowledge base is continuously updated. An SRHR resource guide has been developed to enable them carry out comprehensive outreach with uniform information across the organization.

Achievements

  1. Over 6000 young women have been directly reached and more than 20,000 through the multiplier effect
  2. 36 peer educators trained every year
  3. Young women champions trained to be SRHR advocates
  4. Young women have participated in national, regional and international forums
  5. Development of IEC, materials to augment outreach activities
  6. Development of SRHR Resource guide
  7. Safe spaces identified with in the 7 YWCA Branches
  8. Formation of savings and investment groups through table banking
  9. Strategic Partnerships and linkages, National AIDS Control Council, Voluntary Testing Counselling Centres, Ministry of Devolution and Planning under which the Gender Directorate operates.