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Get up, Speak out for Youth Rights

Dutch Minister Ploumen (for Foreign Trade and Development Cooperation) has granted 215 million Euro for the period 2016-2020 for the sexual and reproductive health and development of young people in lower and middle income countries. Over 39 million of this grant will be for the programme 'Get up, Speak out for Youth Rights‘. In this programme 6 alliance partners are collaborating in 7 countries in order to improve the (knowledge of) rights and health of young people.

Three Ethiopian young people

Sexual and reproductive rights

Young people aren’t always aware of their rights. This hinders their access to sexuality education and there is a lack of youth friendly health services.

Therefore, young people are often unable to make informed choices concerning  their sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR), with all the consequences that that entails.

The programme Get up, Speak out! (GUSO) will raise awareness amongst young people of their rights and will give them a voice.

Unique and innovative approach

Young people and specifically girls and young women will be central in GUSO. The programme focuses on their individual needs and wishes. Young people will formulate themselves what needs they have and they will receive information and services, at what is the best moment for them, the best place and in a way that suits them best. For instance, there will be made use of eLearning via the Internet and moblie phones. Like no one else, they know how to use social media to inform other young people about what they want to know.  Young people can also more convincingly convey the need for reliable information to those in politics or government because they experience the need themselves. 

Get up, Speak out! is a unique and strong concept that will tackle several levels at once. It focuses on strengthening the individual capacity of young people and at the same time GUSO will improve the (availability of) sexual and reproductive health services and referral system to these services. GUSO is implemented in Kenya, Ethiopia, Ghana, Uganda, Malawi and in Asia in Indonesia and Pakistan. In GUSO young people will be involved at all levels, from the set up of the programme to the decision-making. Parents, care-takers, teachers and community leaders will also be involved.

Partnership with Ministry

The grant for GUSO is one of the 7 partnerships that the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs will form with Dutch Alliances to improve SRHR of young people in lower and middle income countries in 2016-2020.

In the SRHR alliance Rutgers (lead agent) cooperates with Choice for Youth and Sexuality, Dance4Life, IPPF, Simavi en Stop Aids Now!. It is a continuation of an existing and successful alliance and will build on best practices and experiences of the last five years (2011-2015).

Young People

Rutgers asserts the right of young people everywhere to receive adequate education to make well-informed choices in relationships and their sexual lives

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