Heath Equity and Justice
The Make way programme
The programme aims to break down barriers to SRHR by promoting a new way of looking at, and organising, SRHR issues, through an intersectional lens. This means making overlapping vulnerabilities visible to understand their effects on people’s SRHR. With insights and sound data, as a consortium, we develop innovative tools and build capacities of other civil society organisations to advocate the needed policy and societal changes.
The problem addressed in the programme
Many people cannot enjoy the full range of their SRHR, particularly, those with multiple, compounded vulnerabilities. For example, youth (especially girls) living in poverty with a disability – face high barriers to accessing the services they need and want.
Interrelated and systemic barriers keep marginalised youth from enjoying their SRHR. Negative societal views and (gender) norms cause stigma, discrimination, and exclusion. Sexuality education is often not comprehensive and inclusive or even non-existent. SRH services are often not accessible or of low quality. This is due to chronically underfunded and understaffed health systems as well as persistent siloes in health system funding. Moreover, youth are not involved in decision-making that affects their lives, and their rights and needs are not reflected in SRH policies, budgets and health system strengthening plans. Finally, civil society organisations working on SRHR have limited (financial) support, and the SRHR agenda lacks intersectional awareness.