Learn how the Get Up Speak Out programme works
Watch the GUSO animation film which was premiered on the International Conference on Family Planning (ICFP) in Rwanda early November 2018.
Covid-19 and Sexual Health
Curious to know what Covid-19 has to do with your sexual health? The Get Up Speak Out programme provides the answers.
In January 2020, Rutgers participated in a webinar by The Challenge Initiative on Meaningful Youth Participation. Using a GUSO case from Kenya, we share insights on the institutionalisation and measurement of involvement. Click on the image to watch the webinar, or download the slides and Q&A.
Do you want to learn more about Get Up, Speak Out? Take a look inside the summary of the 2017 annual report. It illustrates the core of the programme and provides an overview of the main achievements of 2017.
Stories of Impact
Fantanesh is an 18-year-old youth advocate and peer educator on sexual health and rights in Ethiopia. Little did she know that scary, bewildering day when she first started her period, would be one of the experiences that gave her the courage to later speak out. She would speak out for what she now knows is hers, for what she needed to understand inside and out and for what she had to protect – her body. And what started as being about herself became about the rights of young people across Ethiopia. Read Fantanesh's story.
Maxwell, 26, from Tamale in Ghana, didn’t want anything to do with people who used contraceptives. Yet in a country where 51% of adolescents have an unmet need for contraception and 14.2% of teenage girls will become pregnant, fortunately it became something Maxwell could no longer avoid. This is the story of how a young man turned 180 degrees when it came to sexual and reproductive health and rights and now helps to shift the harmful viewpoints of other young people that he once held so firmly. Read Maxwell's story.
24-year-old Assinah lives with her mother and daughter in Uganda’s Bugiri District. Information on sexual and reproductive health is scarce in this area, and the numbers of unintended pregnancies and STIs are high. In 2014, only 38.5% of young women and men aged 15-24 could accurately identify ways to prevent HIV transmission. A further 30.4% of young women and girls reported an unmet need for contraception. As a ‘Healthy Entrepreneur’, Assinah takes it on herself to teach her peers in a fun and educational way. Read Assinah's story.
Zopher is a 25-year-old youth councillor and health worker in Bondo, Kenya. He spends his days speaking to youth, such as this young couple, about sexual health and rights and about harmful gender norms that too often dominate behaviour, leading to unwanted pregnancy, unsafe abortions, HIV/AIDS, abusive relationships and more. Zopher isn’t just a health worker, though, he’s a listening ear, he is support, he is a non-judgemental source of vital information and he is a lifeline to so many young Kenyans with nowhere else to turn. Read Zopher's story.
It was a fellow school mate who convinced Jenipher, 19 at the time, to have unprotected sex. He would marry her, he promised. Yet, when she was in the third month of the resulting pregnancy, he denied all involvement and left Jenipher to deal with the situation herself. A traditional healer, in a remote location, seemed to offer an easy escape. On what happened next, she says: “I needed to help others, so they don’t go through what I went through.” Read Jenipher's story.