Many women in the developed world have the decision making power over their sexuality; pregnancy and child birth is often planned and wanted. In contrast, in Sub-Saharan Africa millions of girls do not have the power to make their own decisions about when and who to have sex with and becoming pregnant.
This International Day of Disabled Persons I ask for the attention of donors, health providers, people from ministries of health, HIV/AIDS supportive organizations, youth advocates, young networks, peer supporters and African community at large to understand the risks and complexities for key populations and vulnerable groups in accessing HIV/AIDS services. We need to work together to address these challenges and make meaningful and inclusive friendly health services for people with disabilities a reality all over Africa.
Human Trafficking or the modern slavery is still big problem in Southern Africa. Despite the efforts of SADC and its state member, associated to the Civil Society Organizations movement to combat the problem, many children and youth are trafficked and deprived for their dignity and rights as human beings.
This youth advocacy blog written by 23 year-old Francis Ocitti, in Uganda, tells of his experience growing up in an abusive home and the direct impact domestic violence had on his education and wellbeing. CALL TO ACTION- Everyone needs to work together to end violence against women and children.
Adolescent sexual and reproductive health concerns are rarely prioritised in established settlements. But what happens in displaced environments where the priorities are very basic − safety, a roof over one’s head; and daily meals?
Young people often use drugs as an escape from depression, dissatisfaction or as a way of escaping reality when they are unhappy.
Maxwell Simbuwa from Zambia wrote this blog after attending the RIATT-ESA sponsored Children and Youth conference at the 2017 Psychosocial Forum.