“Reproductive freedom is critical to a whole range of issues. If we can’t take charge of this most personal aspect of our lives, we can’t take care of anything. It should not be seen as a privilege or as a benefit, but a fundamental human right.” Faye Wattleton
These and many other famous quotes were made by key leaders in the quest to advocate for the rights of humanity and the young people
Advocacy is one of the three core areas of our business at Naguru Teenage center and we are engaging all stakeholders at all levels to promote and advocate for adolescent Sexual reproductive health and rights. Our efforts are towards seeing society of young people empowered in adolescent sexual reproductive health and rights. Mass for a’s is one of the approaches we are using to reach the young people.
The annual Kazi Scouts camp which brings together over 8000 young people from the entire country is such an opportunity that we are tapping into to promote Adolescent health rights. Our staff and volunteers actively participated in the 2016 camp whose theme focused on empowering the scouts and their leaders on behavioral change, making informed decisions about their sexuality. It also focused on building a more conscientious, responsible and productive society. This was done through collaborating with key stakeholders who routinely provide key services during the camps. The camp was thus organized with a theme of “Empowering scouts for sustainable development”
The Naguru team employed Youth friendly approaches to pass on Sexual Reproductive health rights information to the young people. Group discussions, role plays and Question and answer sessions were utilized appropriately. These sessions stimulated the young people to freely interact and open up to the Naguru team.
One of Young girls – age 16 confessed that her father aged 51 years was asking her for a sexual relationship. This she said after learning about her sexual rights. Further support was provided accordingly.
“To deny people their human rights is to challenge their humanity” Nelson Mandela.