For many of young, the onset of adolescence brings not only changes to their bodies but also new vulnerabilities to human rights abuses, particularly in the arenas of sexuality, marriage and childbearing. Millions of girls are coerced into unwanted sex or marriage, putting them at risk of unwanted pregnancies, unsafe abortions, sexually transmitted infections (STIs) including HIV, and dangerous childbirth. Adolescent boys are at risk, as well. Young people – both boys and girls –
The Day of the African Child (DAC) is commemorated in June every year continues to raise awareness on the rights of the children. Mazowe District celebrated the day on the 27th of June at Shingirirai High School in support of the rights of children through denouncing the societal scourge of marrying children under the age of 18. DAC was commemorated under the theme Humanitarian Action in Africa: Children’s Rights First. The theme reiterates that the
Roots under RHRN in July attended the Southern African Regional Students and Youth Conference (SARSYC) in Zambia with the theme Plan,prioritize and prevent. Today we had a side session on concerted advocacy for SRHR for young people. The conference calls for the prioritization of key populations amongst the youth constituency. These are students in institutions of higher learning with a special focus on the female student, LGBTI young people, young people with disabilities and young
Since June ROOTS has hosted AYP (Adolescents and Young People) dialogues in Mash Central. This was a community dialogue for our Bindura AYP. We discussed Access to SRH services in Bindura, peer pressure and possible solutions to challenges faced by AYP on SRH in Bindura. The dialogues have drawn large numbers from the youth and community buy in is evident as Zaoga and Catholic churches have requested we involve their Youths in future discussions.
On Menstrual Hygiene Day ROOTS coincidentally was at the Dutch embassy to present our pads hamper to the Ambassador; Barbara van Hellemond. The Netherlands Embassy donated the machine that our community girls who are child brides from Shamva community use to make the pads. This project is an innovation that is aiming to create employment creation for young people specifically child brides whilst at the same time capacitating them with skills that will empower them.