Get Up, Speak Out
Since 2011, civil society organisations from Ethiopia, Ghana, Indonesia, Kenya, Malawi, Pakistan and Uganda have been building strong alliances so young people can be empowered to realise their sexual and reproductive health and rights.
Between 2016-20, this initiative was known as Get Up Speak Out and was run by Rutgers with Aidsfonds, Choice for Youth and Sexuality, Dance4Life, International Planned Parenthood Federation and Simavi. From 2021, the country alliances will start to stand on their own with strong and sustainable structures.
Prevention+ envisioned a world where healthy, respectful and equal relationships are the norm. Between 2016-20, the programme worked with men in Indonesia, Rwanda, Uganda, Egypt, Lebanon, Morocco and Palestine to address the root causes of gender-based violence: the social, economic, religious and cultural contexts that shape attitudes and behaviours. Other Prevention+ partners were MenEngage Alliance, Promundo and Sonke Gender Justice. Rutgers’ current Generation G programme has similar aims.
Hello, I am
Early marriage and teen pregnancy violate girls’ rights, put their health at risk and lead to them dropping out of school. Between 2017-20, Hello, I Am enabled young people in Bangladesh to break harmful social norms and have more say in decisions about their futures.
With funding from the IKEA Foundation, Rutgers provided technical assistance on project implementation and research alongside Reproductive Health Services Training and Education Program, Dushthya Shashthya Kendra, Population Services and Training Center and BBC Media Action. Rutgers’ current Power to You(th) programme has similar aims.
Check out Hello I am resources and changemaker stories.
Yes I Do
Yes I Do (2016-20) sought a future for girls, and their communities and countries, without the debilitating, poverty-inducing impacts of child marriage, female genital mutilation and unintended teen pregnancies.
The programme – which ran in Ethiopia, Kenya, Malawi, Mozambique, Zambia and Indonesia – was supported by the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs and was coordinated by Plan Nederland. Amref Flying Doctors, Choice for Youth and Sexuality and KIT Royal Tropical Institute joined Rutgers as partners. Rutgers’ current Power to You(th) programme has similar aims.
Check out our Hello I Do stories of change and resources.
Forced Migration & SRHR
Drawing on Rutgers’ wide experience in fragile settings and our refugee work in the Netherlands, the Forced Migration & SRHR programme worked to embed and mainstream sexual reproductive health and rights into humanitarian settings and programmes, for young people, women and men.
The Menyumenyeshe Joint Programme Burundi focused on improving the sexual and reproductive health of adolescents, through schools, communities and health centres. It reached over 420,000 young Burundians with sexuality education in and out of school and 1.1 million people with online messaging and campaigns between 2016-20.
Rutgers provided technical support on sexual reproductive health and rights and comprehensive sexuality education and coordinated planning, monitoring, evaluation and learning. Our partners were CARE, Cordaid and UNFPA.
U-Decide supported and involved young people in sexual reproductive health and rights in Uganda and Malawi between 2016-18, ensuring adolescents in remote areas had access to contraception and sexual health services suited to their needs.
Our partners on U-Decide were Dioraphte, Family Planning Association Malawi, Reach a Hand Uganda and Reproductive Health Uganda.
Youth Encouragement Project
This programme – which ran in two parts between 2013-20 – set out to improve the accessibility and quality of contraception and sexual health services for young people in remote areas of Uganda. Rutgers worked alongside Reproductive Health Uganda.
Watch a short video about the programme.