Girls and Young Women are disproportionately affected by the HIV pandemic. In South Africa girls and young women are 7 to 8 times more likely than their male counterparts to contract HIV. This is largely due to gender inequality, gender based violence and relationships of power imbalance.
Mentoring Youth-led Groups in South Africa and Zimbabwe
In partnership with Hivos Southern Africa we are mentoring 3 youth groups: SAYWHAT, Katswe Sistahood and AFRIYAN on the use of social media and mobile phone technology in the use of effective advocacy campaigns with topics ranging from age of consent, safe abortion and feminine hygiene.
mHealth to empower girls and young women with ASRHR knowledge
GHI in collaboration with Digitata Ltd is developing a range of mobile messaging to reach and engage girls and young women on Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights topics:
These efforts include games, quizzes and surveys based on a technology platform developed by Digitata.
Focus areas are:
- Teen sexuality
- Teenage pregnancies
- Healthy, Safe Pregnancy and dangers signs (relevant to all pregnant women including teenagers)
- Safe Abortion
- Feminine Hygiene and Menstruation
- Gender Based- and Intimate Partner Violence
Gender Based Violence
The GBV Prevention Network
Gender based Violence, often fueled by alcohol and substance abuse is a primary driver of the HIV pandemic in Southern Africa. We joined this vibrant network of activists and organizations working to prevent violence against women (VAW), united in our mission to uphold equality in our homes and communities.
The Network is over 500 members strong, working in 18 different countries in the Horn, East and Southern Africa to build a just and violence-free world for women.
Sexual violence in a nutshell
End Abortion Discrimination & Stigma
As part of the Inroads Networking Community we advocate for an end to abortion stigma & discrimination and access to safe TOP.
Girls and young women are more likely to delay seeking help for abortion-related complications than older women, and account for approximately 46 percent of the estimated unsafe abortion-related deaths globally. Girls and young women in every country—regardless of the legal status of abortion—are shamed for seeking or having an abortion. Communities around the world isolate, stereotype, and discriminate against girls and young women who need abortion services.
As abortion advocates, we know that globally, highly criminalized and unsafe abortion burdens girls and young women disproportionately. This stigma prompts secrecy, silence, and shame—all of which can lead to delayed care, increased health risk, and, in some instances, can result in life-threatening ways to end an unwanted pregnancy.
National Teenage Pregnancy Partnership
The National Teenage Pregnancy Partnership (NTPP) is a coalition of diverse stakeholders interested in advancing sexual health and rights, especially for girls/adolescents and young women in South Africa. NTPP stakeholders include non-governmental organizations, nonprofit research and advocacy groups, South African national government departments, broad-based empowerment organizations, university-based researchers and independent consultants.