Youth sexual and Reproductive Health

Rwandan community is facing the issue of high level of teenage pregnancies and related conflicts undermining basic child rights to their development including health, education due to the lack of sexual reproductive right knowledge among teenagers caused by cultural traditional beliefs that make sexual information as a taboo.

Gender inequality and discrimination against girls are often robbed of the right to make their own life decisions – from what happens to their bodies, to when and to whom they marry. And this is a driving factor of the current situation where there is an increasing number pregnancy.

These issues are key challenges to the child rights, environmental peace building, family planning and they generate family conflict within the community.

In response to the above mentioned issues, GER would like to contribute to the increase of knowledge of young people in Rwanda related to sexual reproductive health rights and fighting teenage pregnancies (prevention) and reducing the stigma to the victim of teenage pregnancies (mother and child) and solving related conflicts between parents and teenager mothers (response).

GER improves the access to sexual and reproductive health knowledge for young people and the related services remain our important goal in the promotion of sexual and reproductive rights. We encourage young girls to lead, learn and live. We increase awareness of the importance of sexual and reproductive health for the children and adolescents by linking it to the rights of the children and the solution for the related conflicts hence reducing stigma of the victims specifically for teenage pregnancy. Avoiding the risks that threaten their health and their future.

Interventions contribute to reaching national policies on child rights, gender-based violence, and Strategies on fighting teenage pregnancy and trying to go beyond stereotypes and traditional ideology that prohibit people to address sexuality. This works on the bridging of the knowledge gap between generations, as young generations were implanted with the culture of not addressing reproductive health and making it a taboo.

Interventions shall facilitate communities and families to speak out and break the taboo-related to sexual and reproductive health of children and adolescents. Empowering young girls to lead and take responsibilities and decisions for their bodies. Healing the trauma that the victims have, solving conflicts between teenage mothers and their families as well as collaborating with policy makers on the rights of the children born from teenage pregnancy.  We facilitate dialogues, training, advocacy and campaigns in communities and schools, and putting much effort on the most affected communities.

We collaborate with the Ministry of Education (MINEDUC) and the Ministry of Gender and Family Promotion (MIGEPROF), local leaders and religious leaders at community level and schools to raise awareness on the issues of sexual and reproductive health, issues of teenage pregnancy, drug abuse, HIV and other STDs, gender-based violence, hygiene and sanitation. Our strategy is centered to empower existing community structures to ensure that national and international policies, mechanisms that are implemented for addressing Sexual reproductive health rights.

To ensure sustainability of our intervention, our approach is to collaborate with community platforms: Parents’ forums (Umugoroba w’ababyeyi), Inshuti z’umuryango, children forums, youth forums, teachers, local leaders, women representatives, faith based religious leaders, community health clubs and groups of girls who encountered with teenage pregnancy.

Interested individuals and organization partners should not hesitate to contact us: info@globalr.org; Tel: +250783570305.