To allow young people – including young LGBTI+ persons- to live their lives without discrimination and improve their access to comprehensive sex education and youth-friendly sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR) services.
Hivos focus areas: Bolivia, Honduras, Kenya, Uganda, the Caribbean region and Zimbabwe, and occasional support to the platforms of Pakistan, Bangladesh and Nepal
In many countries, young people experience their sexuality in a context of stigma, discrimination and violence, especially young women and LGBTI+ persons, and being homosexual is punishable by law. This is compounded by the growing influence of conservative forces that oppose young people’s rights to make their own informed choices about sex, sexuality and relationships. Their lack of access to correct and comprehensive sexuality education and services has serious consequences, from adolescent girls dying during childbirth to children infected by HIV.
The approach adopted by the Rutgers-led consortium Right Here Right Now reflects that of Hivos: linking parties who want to be part of a solution and providing them with a platform. The program supports national platforms that do not shy away from addressing sensitive issues such as safe abortion and sexual orientation. In each platform, women’s, youth and LGBTI+ organizations establish a joint agenda for (sub)national, regional and international advocacy that targets critical issues related to sexuality and sexual and reproductive health and rights. They also connect hundreds of community-based organizations to local and national governments.
Results so far
RHRN’s newly-formed platforms have received strategic lobby and monitoring training, and their Caribbean advocacy contributed to Trinidad and Tobago’s High Court landmark ruling that the country’s law criminalizing same-sex activity is unconstitutional. Hivos oversees the grant management to the platforms in Latin America and has supported their planning, activities and monitoring. Hivos has a leading role in RHRN’s safety and security and has so far trained four national platforms. This results in a safety and security plan per platform that is followed up by specialists. A toolkit on “Sexual Orientation, Gender Identity and Expression, and Sex Characteristics” (SOGIESC) is being finalized and will be tested in Kenya.
Period and budget
2016-2020, €34.2 million entire consortium (€6.8 million Hivos)
Hivos is part of the consortium led by Rutgers that includes Dance for Life, Choice for Youth and Sexuality, IPPF African Region, ARROW and LACWHN. The Netherlands Ministry of Foreign Affairs is both donor as well as a partner in the consortium