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A unique coalition of youth-serving SRHR organisations and faith organisations came together to develop a joint campaign to promote young people’s access to sexual and reproductive health and rights information and services in 8 Southern African countries.
Fortunately, Southern African governments have made progressive policy commitments to offer young people universal access to SRHR information and services. The Maputo Plan of Action operationalises the Continental Policy Framework for SRHR in Africa and the ESA commitments promise comprehensive sexuality education and adolescent SRH services in 20 Eastern and Southern African countries. In practice, this ambitious policy framework contrasts with slow progress on young people’s SRHR. For example, in 2017, 167 in 1,000 girls aged 15-19 had given birth in Mozambique, 145 in Zambia, 136 in Malawi and 94 in Lesotho. The unmet need for family planning reaches staggering 66% in South Africa, 65% in Swaziland, 61% in Lesotho. A UNESCO analysis of ten countries shows that school syllabi do not include basic information about condoms and contraception and lack a gender focus.
There is no doubt that civil society plays an important role in holding governments accountable for domesticating and implementing these policy commitments and demanding for the respect, protection and fulfilment of these rights.
Hence, the “Because We Can!” Campaign. The campaign’s overall objective is to contribute to positive changes in SRHR and CSE policies and laws and to defend progressive policies and laws from attacks at AU, SADC and national levels in 8 Southern African countries. Particularly, the campaign ensures a more effective domestication and monitoring of the Maputo Plan of Action, ESA commitments and SADC SRHR strategy 2019-2030.
The campaign has 2 specific objectives:
To increase the number of Southern African CSOs advocating for the domestication and implementation of SRHR and CSE policies and norms protecting youth rights in Southern Africa.
To enhance decision-makers’ accountability in domesticating and implementing continental policies and norms promoting young people’s SRHR in Southern Africa.
Investing into this campaign means strengthening civil society’s voice in Southern Africa, through a better informed, more united civil society movement, taking concerted action towards national governments and SADC, influencing public discourse and fostering youth activism.
The Because We Can! Campaign’s overall objective is to contribute to positive changes in Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights (SRHR) and Comprehensive Sexuality Education (CSE) policies and laws and to defend progressive policies and laws from attacks at African Union (AU), Southern African Development Community (SADC) and national levels in 8 Southern African countries. Particularly, the campaign ensures a more effective domestication and monitoring of the Maputo Plan of Action, Eastern and Southern Africa (ESA) commitments and SADC SRHR strategy 2019-2030.
Because We Can! Campaign's
Promoting young people’s access to sexual an reproductive health and rights information and services in 8 Southern African countries.
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Botswana Family Welfare Association (BOFWA)
Associação Moçambicana para Desenvolvimento da Família (AMODEFA)
Faith to Action Network (F2A)
Family Life Association of Eswatini (FLAS)
Lesotho Planned Parenthood Association (LPPA)