Oxfam in Uganda has unveiled a 6-year project dubbed “Stand Up” on Sexual Reproductive Health that aims at benefiting over 1.5 million Adolescents in six refugee hosting districts of Arua, Arua City, Terego and Nebbi in West Nile and Mayuge and Namayingo in Eastern Uganda.
The project aims at increasing enjoyment of Sexual and Reproductive Health Rights by most marginalized and vulnerable right-holders, particularly adolescent girls and young women.
Wilson Ssenyonyi, one of the project managers said that the project will address key gender inequality and human rights issues.
“These particularly will include among others; harmful social norms, traditional practices and taboos regarding gender and sexuality. It will also handle lack of adequate information on or access to comprehensive SRRH services: lack of meaningful decision-making power by young women and girls regarding their health and sexuality,” he said
This project, he said will run for a duration of six and a half years, and it’s implemented in Uganda. Mozambique, and Canada.
“The project is implemented in a consortium of two international partners the International Planned Parenthood Federation (IPPF) and the Guttmacher Institute (Guttmacher), Oxfam country offices in Uganda (OiU) and Mozambique (OiM), eight local partners in Uganda and Mozambique, and one local partner in Canada Action Canada for SRHR (AC)- supporting the project’s public engagement in Canada component,” he said.
Presenting the project MEAL Framework, Winnie Munduru, the Monitoring, Evaluation, Accountability, and Learning (MEAL) Officer at Oxfam said that different pillars will be applied during the project implementation.
“We shall be engaging adolescent girls and young women (AGYW), men and boys, community leaders and norm-setters to understand and transform discriminatory social norms. through awareness raising, leading to increased use or “demand” for SRH services among AGYW. Stand Up will also address issues of sexual and gender-based violence (SGBV),” she said adding.
“We shall also strengthen health systems to deliver comprehensive SRH services including access to contraceptives, safe abortion (where legal) and comprehensive post-abortion care (PAC) and secondary prevention services for SGBV. This will be achieved by training health service providers at the health facility level, and lastly promoting change in SRHR policy and practice in line with target countries governments human rights commitments, through strengthening the capacity of local,” she said.
In the speech that was read by Dr. Moses Walakira, the UNFPA Gender Specialist, Dr. Mary Otieno the UNFPA Country Representative said that Oxfam’s project is timely since it touches on the core tenets of UNFPA’s mandate
“Reproductive health is a lifetime concern for both women and men, from infancy to old age. We however know that young people in particular are extremely vulnerable. They often face barriers to accessing sexual and reproductive health information and care,” she said adding.,
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