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Research report – Young People Advancing Sexual and Reproductive Health: Toward a New Normal

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Young People Advancing Sexual and Reproductive Health: Toward a New Normal is a research report documenting the multiple benefits of meaningful youth participation and leadership in sexual health and rights (SRHR) programs. It synthesizes global evidence from the field on how to foster authentic youth engagement, the impacts that result, and recommendations that can strengthen and scale this stream of programming investment.

The report is a product of the YIELD Project, which is guided by a Steering Committee comprised of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, the David and Lucile Packard Foundation, The Summit Foundation, and the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation.

For more information, please contact: info@yieldproject.org.

 

You can read more here: https://www.youthlead.org/resources/young-people-advancing-sexual-and-reproductive-health-toward-new-normal

By | June 10th, 2019|0 Comments

Positive Youth Development (PYD) Measurement Toolkit

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Purpose of this Toolkit

The Positive Youth Development Measurement Toolkit, developed by YouthPower Learning, provides guidance and resources for implementers of youth programming in LMICs to integrate PYD principles in their monitoring and evaluation (M&E) systems and effectively measure PYD outputs and outcomes within their programs. This online toolkit provides an introduction and a brief overview of the toolkit.

The overall goal of this toolkit is to help programs effectively measure PYD outcomes in order to improve program performance over time, contribute to the body of evidence on PYD, and ultimately influence multi-sector outcomes and impact of youth programming.

This PYD measurement toolkit provides the following:
1. A framework for measuring PYD;
2. A set of illustrative PYD indicators that can be applied to and across various sectors;
3. A discussion about the application of PYD framework and indicators at each phase of a program design and evaluation; 
4. A discussion about the major considerations for adapting measures cross-culturally
5. Resources and references for implementers and evaluators;

Furthermore, the toolkit provides FAQs and a PYD glossary. YouthPower Learning conducted a one-day PYD Measurement training based on the toolkit.  Slides and other resources are available for users.

The toolkit can also help program implementers, evaluators and researchers contribute to building the evidence within and across sectors on two overarching research questions:
• What is the effectiveness of PYD programs in improving outcomes for youth in LMICs?
• What are the key PYD features associated with improved outcomes for youth?

Intended Audiences
The primary audiences of this toolkit are
• implementers,
• evaluators and
• funders of youth programs (both United States Government (USG) and non-USG).

Other audiences include those in the broader PYD space such as academics or youth advocates interested in PYD measurement.

By | June 7th, 2019|0 Comments

Vagina Matters – An illustrated Sex Ed book for girls

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What is the problem?

The female body, menstruation and sex continue to be taboo topics in Bulgaria. This makes it extremely difficult to have open conversations about sexual health issues that affect our physical, mental and social well-being. While both girls and boys receive poor sexual health education (only 10% of schools in the country have dedicated classes according to a statement by the Bulgarian Ombudsman), we’ve found that girls are disproportionately affected. Bulgaria, along with Romania, have the highest rates of teenage pregnancies in the EU.

We want to encourage a healthy curiosity towards sexual health, including on issues such as equality and violence against women.

What is the book about? 

Vagina Matters is an illustrated book on sexual health for girls, overflowing with educational information and practical tips, relevant for women of all ages.  We dissect everything you always wanted to know about the body, puberty, menstruation, sex and much more, but have been afraid to ask.

The Vagina Matters initiative is powered by Fine Acts, a playground for social change. Our squad is passionate about bringing the first ever illustrated book on sex ed to life. We believe in compassionate and comprehensive sexual education where girls not only learn about the negative issues such as unwanted pregnancies and STI’s but really get to know their body and how it functions.

What kind of support they need? 

Our informative work uses colorful illustrations to provide educational information and myth-busting practical advice on the body, menstruation, sex, health and much more. Over the past year, we’ve collected research, worked with sex ed and medical professionals and collaborated with artists. But now we need your help to complete the book! Support our Indiegogo campaign.

There are plenty of ways you can pitch in! Here are just a few:

  • Share our campaign with five other potential supporters! You’ll be helping us get the word out about the importance of sexual education. That would be A LOT of support!
  • If you’re a company or an organization, interested in supporting the Vagina Matters initiative, let’s start talking about collaborating!
  • If you believe in our mission, join us as a volunteer! Whether you’re a student in high school or a university professor, your enthusiasm makes our community grow.

You can read more on their official website: https://vaginamatters.org/eng#the-book

By | May 31st, 2019|0 Comments

Well-being and safety of women, North Macedonia – OSCE-led study on violence against women

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The OSCE has strong commitments on combating violence against women and girls (VAWG). On 6th of March 2019, the main results report of the OSCE-led Survey on the Well-being and Safety of Women was launched. This is the first comparable representative study conducted in South-East Europe and Eastern Europe. The OSCE Gender Section is organizing a high-level conference on 6-7 May 2019 to disseminate the main results of the survey and discuss next steps with key stakeholders.

The OSCE-led survey therefore provides a wealth of information, including data on social norms and attitudes, prevalence rates of violence against women, its consequences as well as reporting and help-seeking by survivors. The research shows that gaps in the ability of local institutions’ to understand and address women’s and girls’ experience of personal insecurity and violence continue to exist. The survey data suggests that beliefs in female subservience, spousal obedience and silence surrounding VAWG continue to persist in the region and that those women who hold such beliefs are more likely to say they have experienced violence.

This report presents the findings from the OSCE’s qualitative and quantitative study in North Macedonia. The study was implemented in spring/summer 2018 and involved:

• 15 key expert interviews, which provided an overview of issues related
to VAW and of conflict-related acts of violence;
• A survey on experiences of violence among a representative sample
of 1,910 women aged 18–74, including 496 women who completed
the survey in Albanian; the survey used a multistage, stratified, random
probability sample design;
• Eight focus groups with women from various demographic backgrounds (two
with Albanian and two with Roma women) on their attitudes towards the
subject;
• Four in-depth interviews with women who had experienced violence in order
to understand, in more detail, the impact the violence had on
them (including one Albanian and one Roma woman).

By | May 16th, 2019|0 Comments

Advancing Sexuality Education in Europe: info-graphic

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“Advancing Sexuality Education in Europe” is a project focused on advocating for the implementation of Comprehensive Sexuality Educationn (CSE) programs in Europe. Evidence shows that CSE programs improve the sexual and reproductive health and well-being of young people. Considering the current challenges worldwide in advancing the SRHR agenda, CHOICE and YouAct encourage young people to voice their needs and advocate for their rights.

YouAct and Choice proudly present the final info-graphic which shows the findings from the youth consultations on CSE held in Georgia, North Macedonia, Bulgaria, The Netherlands, and Romania. 67 youth aged 15-30 talked about the key challenges in regard to CSE in their respective countries. The pressing themes, and call to action are available in the info-graphic attached.

Do YOU want to #AdvanceSexEd? Then make sure to share this factsheet with the decision-makers in your country by simply tweeting at them using #Unite4CSE and #AdvanceSexEd!

 

#AdvanceSexEd #Unite4CSE

By | March 19th, 2019|0 Comments