Ni-Yetu Youth Program
Girl Up Initiative Uganda has partnered with Plan International Uganda since 2015 as the Kampala district-led CSO for the Ni-Yetu Youth Project to empower young people 13-24 years with correct knowledge, attitude and skills for reducing gender-based violence (GBV) and improving their SRHR (sexual and reproductive health) outcomes. The Ni-Yetu Youth Project is a gender transformative project that looks at challenging negative social norms and practices that affect SRHR outcomes amongst young people.
Peer Education Training & Outreach
We employ the peer-to-peer learning approach to spread messages around sexual and reproductive health and rights, social protection, and life skills through trained youth leaders (including those living with disabilities). Our team works closely with in- and out-of-school youth who have been trained as peer educators to conduct interactive outreach sessions in their slum communities and schools.
Street Theatre Performances
Street theatre, or forum theatre, is an innovative and creative approach to community outreach. GUIU supports youth drama groups to conduct street theatre performances in all five divisions of Kampala focusing on issues of SRHR and GBV, such as teenage pregnancy, family planning, positive masculinities, drug and alcohol abuse, and more.
Champions of Change Sports Outreach
Sports is a proven effective strategy to engage youth. In the Champions of Change methodology, we engage female and male youth groups through different sports to tackle issues around gender relations. After playing, our vibrant facilitators hold dialogues with the youth to question harmful and traditional norms regarding gender gender roles, gender-based violence, and SRHR. It also includes gender matches wherein the boy and girl sports teams play against one another.
Youth-Friendly SRHR Health Camps
There is a huge need to provide youth-friendly sexual and reproductive health services to youth free of charge in their communities. GUIU partners with local health clinics to offer integrated SRH and GBV service camps for youth to access and utilize SRH/GBV health services, information, and counseling in a violent-free environment.
Advocacy with Influential Leaders
In order to create sustainable social norm change, it is imperative that we work with influential community leaders, including religious and cultural leaders who influence policies and behaviors in their communities. GUIU works closely with these key leaders through dialogue meetings to support them in leading community advocacy campaigns to promote SRHR and an end to sexual violence.
Community SRHR Talks
Community-wide SRHR talks are held in youth-friendly areas in communities and schools with the aim to provide accurate and age-appropriate information on sexual and reproductive health and rights. A trained health worker facilitates the session, while peer educators mobilize youth to attend. Topics are identified according to the need of a given community and have ranged from menstrual health management to drug and alcohol abuse.