Strengthening Youth Advocacy for Gender Equality and SRHR in Kenya
Y-Act is an initiative by Amref Health Africa and the Advocacy Accelerator that works with partners and communities across the country to strengthen the voice, skills and participation of youth across Kenya to advocate for youth-identified policy and resource priorities in the areas of gender equality and Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights (SRHR) at national, sub-national and grassroots levels.
Young people under the age of 35 account for 70 percent of Kenya’s population. However, theyface significant challenges in realizing their potential; including a 55 percent unemployment rate, particularly among young women. Kenyan youth have a huge opportunity to shift the county’s policy landscape to address challenges in gender and Sexual and Reproductive Health & Rights (SRHR). This comes at a time when the importance of their role and the potential for policy improvement is at its greatest.
The impact of youth advocacy is often hindered by a lack of skills, tools and resources to implement plans and action. There are also limited mechanisms for identifying, connecting, and engaging youth in strategic advocacy across the country.
Our Key Objectives:
- Identify priorities, needs, and opportunities to pursuing a Sexual and Reproductive Health & Rights (SRHR) youth advocacy agenda in Kenya.
- Develop, test, refine and offer capacity strengthening trainings and support for youth-led advocacy organizations and individuals.
- Provide platforms for visibility, engagement, alignment, and information-sharing for youth advocates.
How we plan to achieve our objectives:
Establish and strengthen a platform for youth-led advocacy networks and organizations across Kenya to pursue a common set of youth-identified policy priorities addressing gender equality and SRHR.
Strengthen the capacity of a targeted number of youth-led advocacy organizations in four counties in Kenya in advocacy, advocacy communications, and campaigning on their priority advocacy topics in the areas of gender equality and SRHR.
Support a strategic effort by youth to increase their representation on committees and other bodies in their counties and at the national level to increasingly inform government priorities and practices.
Disseminate the tools and resources designed through this project to advocates across Africa and offer trainings, resources, and technical assistance to select organizations in East Africa.