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The Get Up, Speak Out! initiative works with and for young people to overcome barriers such as unequal gender norms, negative attitudes towards sexuality, taboos about sex, menstruation, and abortion. Empowering youth communities – especially girls and young women – is at the heart of the work.
When young people are able to access and manage their sexual and reproductive health and rights with dignity and care, their chances of thriving in life increase, and as such we work with and for youth populations around the world in many ways. Take a look at how we’ve been doing this.
Dr Boyce has been committed to providing treatment and care to clients living with HIV for over 20 years. Dr. Boyce hopes to see HIV disclosure become as acceptable as other chronic illnesses such as cancer or diabetes, where an entire family would work towards caring for the affected person, instead of alienating them.
Public perceptions, lack of education and government policies contribute to the barriers and challenges to achieving equality for all. In a country as diverse as Trinidad and Tobago, this is especially acute for certain key populations including the LGBTI+ community.
The inspiration for delivering comprehensive sexuality education to young people digitally was propelled by the COVID-19 lockdown. Like other frontline healthcare providers, FPA was faced with unforeseen challenges about how to continue reaching their communities.
Accessibility to information and contraceptives has always been a priority for Famia Planea Aruba (FPA) especially working in partnership with schools to provide guidance, counselling, and contraceptive care to students.
When Famia Planea Aruba (FPA) saw a gap in the market the team developed an online contraceptive store and bespoke delivery service to better reach their clients.
Since starting volunteering to encourage other men to learn about contraception and gender-based violence, José has seen the positive change in his community. Those small achievements encourage him to keep going.
Juan organizes talks – mainly with other men – to promote the importance of contraceptive use, and women and children's health in El Salvador.
Juana is a health promoter delivering care across four local villages. She receives a quarterly supply of contraceptives that she distributes at low prices to the women in her community.