The UNESCO/Swedish funded project, “Our Rights, Our Lives, Our Future” was officially launched in Paris, France on 3rd November 2017 at an event that also commemorated UNESCO and Sweden’s partnership in supporting positive health, gender and education outcomes for adolescents and young people in sub-Saharan Africa.

The launch, which took place during the 39th session of UNESCO’s General Conference featured interventions by UNESCO Director-General, Ms Irina Bokova, the Minister for Education of Sweden, Gustav Fridolin, and Zambia’s Ambassador to UNESCO, Humphrey Chilu Chibanda, representing General Education Minister for Zambia, Dennis Wanchinga.

UNESCO Director-General, Irina Bokova, said the partnership between UNESCO and Sweden was empowering the youth of Africa to make informed and healthy decisions about their future.

“The link between education and health is absolutely unequivocal. Healthy learners are better learners. Better educated learners have the knowledge and skills to stay healthy,” said the Director-General.

Adolescents and young people in sub-Saharan Africa face many sexual and reproductive health challenges, including early and unintended pregnancy, HIV and other sexually transmitted infections, gender-based violence and child marriage. In the region, AIDS is the leading cause of death in young people aged 10-19 years, with adolescent girls and young women at disproportionate risk, acquiring HIV five to seven years earlier than men.

“Addressing the health challenges that undermine the well-being of sub-Saharan Africa’s young population is a top priority of Sweden’s development and foreign policy,” said the Minister for Education of Sweden, Gustav Fridolin.

“All adolescents and young people deserve the opportunity to develop the skills and competencies they need to reduce early and unintended pregnancies, eliminate gender-based violence and prevent HIV,” added the Minister.

Zambia’s Ambassador to UNESCO, Humphrey Chilu Chibanda, said he was pleased to join other African governments who will benefit from Sweden’s support to implement “Our Rights, Our Lives, Our Future”.

“The programme will support and accelerate our efforts and commitment to ensure that comprehensive sexuality education empowers adolescents and young people, while developing the skills, knowledge, attitudes, and competencies needed to sustain positive education, health and gender equality outcomes. We fully stand behind young people’s rights, lives and future,” he said.

Through “Our Rights, Our Lives, Our Future”, UNESCO and Sweden will support UNESCO Member States to provide adolescents and young people with comprehensive sexuality education (CSE) that promotes gender equality and human rights and addresses gender norms and stereotypes. The growing body of evidence confirms that well-implemented sexuality education programmes result in young people delaying age of first sex, reduced frequency of sex, reduced number of sex partners, and increased rates of condom use.

The programme directly contributes to the education, health and gender Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). It expands on existing work in Eastern & Southern Africa through the ESA Commitment, with new projects in West and Central Africa. It focuses on Kenya, Mozambique, Malawi, South Africa, Tanzania, Uganda, Cameroon, Côte d’Ivoire, DRC and Nigeria, with the benefits set to extend to Benin, Chad, Congo, Gabon, Ghana, Lesotho, Niger, Mali, Senegal, Togo, Angola, Botswana, Madagascar, Ethiopia, Rwanda, South Africa, South Sudan, Swaziland, Zimbabwe, and Zambia.

Sweden has committed 79.7 million SEK (approximately 10 million USD) over the next three years to the “Our Rights, Our Lives, Our Future” project, bringing their total support for CSE to 220 million SEK (approximately 30 million USD) over an 8-year period.

#YouthSRHNOW is a social media campaign to mobilise youth engagement in promoting action on commitments made by 20 East and Southern Africa countries in the ESA Commitment (2013), which calls for access to Comprehensive Sexuality Education and Youth Friendly Health Services for young people in the region. The campaign will run throughout November and much of December 2017.

The main hashtag used across all social media platforms will be #YouthSRHNOW. In addition, dialogue on Comprehensive Sexuality Education will rally around the call #NotWithoutCSE, while on Youth Friendly Health Services it will be #NotWithoutYFS.

Join us for this exciting campaign by following and engaging with our platforms on Twitter and Facebook today.

For more information, please contact Young People Today through:


Panelists during an episode on Wanasa Dukuri

The media remains central in informing, educating and entertaining communities. In South Sudan, UNESCO and Smile Again Africa Development Organization (SAADO) are co-sponsoring a radio talk show on Comprehensive Sexuality Education titled Wanasa Dukuri aired every Wednesdays from 12-1 p.m. on Eye Radio station.

Wanasa Dukuri, meaning Straight Talk in Arabic, intends to create a platform to discuss challenges faced by young people which include peer pressure, early sexual debut, gender based violence, adolescent pregnancies, early marriage, HIV among other health related topics.

The programme which targets policy makers, teachers, young people parents and guardians calls for the provision of information and services for young people in a bid to have a well-informed youth populace that can realize positive health and education outcomes in South Sudan.

Wanasa Dukuri aims to reach out to over 1 million listeners with scientifically accurate, age and culturally appropriate information.[:]


As part of efforts to ensure all young people have access to comprehensive, life-skills based sexuality education, UNESCO screened a new video at the 18-July Eastern and Southern Africa Commitment Progress Review Meeting, on the side-lines of this year’s International AIDS Conference in Durban, South Africa. The video, ‘Being a Young Person’, looks at the challenges young people face as they navigate the journey to adulthood, and outlines how comprehensive sexuality education (CSE), can make this journey easier, more certain and healthier.

[:pt]An initiative that brings together policy makers, young people and civil society to strengthen sexuality education and reproductive and sexual health services in eastern and southern Africa. By having adequate access to these services, young people are empowered to make their own decisions about their health, preventing HIV/AIDS and unexpected pregnancies.[:fr]An initiative that brings together policy makers, young people and civil society to strengthen sexuality education and reproductive and sexual health services in eastern and southern Africa. By having adequate access to these services, young people are empowered to make their own decisions about their health, preventing HIV/AIDS and unexpected pregnancies.[:]

[:en]2014 has been a year full of impressive progress from countries involved in the Eastern and Southern Africa (ESA) Commitment. Since the signing of the commitment in December 2013, huge strides have been made to deliver comprehensive sexuality education (CSE) and sexual and reproductive health (SRH) services for young people.

As we ring in a new year, join us as we take a look at just some of the country progress and event highlights from this past year…

Youth Career Festival in Namibia Provides Comprehensive Sexuality Education
March 2014

An annual youth career festival was hosted in Namibia that provided SRH services to approximately 4,000 young people who attended. Condom demonstrations and free integrated HIV and SRH services, including HIV testing, were provided.

Zambian Government Implements National Programme on Comprehensive Sexuality Education
April 2014

The national CSE programme launched in April of this past year targets 1,750,000 young people, between the ages of 10 to 24, with a new CSE curriculum. Part of this includes strategies to give young people easier access to HIV testing and other necessary health services.

The overall goal is for adolescents and young people in Zambia to receive better sexual and reproductive health services and education, with a focus on preventing new HIV infections and unintended pregnancies.

The President of Malawi Signs Commitment to End Child Marriage
July 2014

On 25th July 2014 the President of Malawi, His Excellency Peter Mutharika, signed the SADC Commitment to end child marriages. Following the signing of the commitment, a national campaign on ending child marriages was launched in October.

Also being developed, the Malawi Cabinet has endorsed the Marriage, Divorce and Family Relations Bill, which will be taken to Parliament for passing to become a law. The proposed law would make 18 the minimum age of marriage for girls and boys, addressing a major shortfall in Malawi’s previously made efforts.

HIV/AIDS Awareness Workshops held at Cultural Festival in Mozambique
August 2014

The National Cultural Festival, organized by the Ministry of Culture in Inhambane, Mozambique, hosted domestic and international artists, cultural agents, and practitioners for a weeklong celebration of diversity.

The festival took place this past August and included HIV/AIDS awareness workshops that were jointly organized by UNESCO and UNFPA and led by Associação Coalizão da Juventude Moçambicana.

By focusing on scaling up Comprehensive Sexuality Education and capacity building in Eastern and Southern Africa, the workshops provided participants with access to high quality comprehensive sexuality education, increasing their knowledge on sexual and reproductive health and rights.

South Sudan Ministry of Education Prepares Integration of Comprehensive Sexuality Education into Curriculum
September 2014

Over 60 stakeholders gathered at the Millennium Hotel in Juba, South Sudan, for a three-day workshop to discuss the strategies of integrating CSE into schools. The National Ministry of Eduction, Science and Technology (MOEST) has been preparing for the integration of CSE over the past year. The aim is to strengthen HIV prevention and fostering positive health outcomes in South Sudan with the theme: Young people today, time to act now.

The outcome of the government led process motivated key education partners, including: MOEST, UNESCO, UNFPA, UNICEF and Light for the World to improve integration of CSE into Life Skills guidelines.

Inaugural Intergenerational Dialogue on Sexual and Reproductive Health Rights takes place in Uganda
September 2014

At this event, 250 individuals including, youth, elders, civil society organizations, policy makers and educators from across Uganda were brought together to discuss how to strengthen effective and meaningful involvement of young people in sexual reproductive health rights.

Discussions at the event covered technical, contextual, cultural, religious, age and gender dynamics, offering a platform for young people to engage with leaders from government, the private sector and civil societies to share stories, recommendations and perspectives on concerns and issues in regards to sexual and reproductive health rights.

The even highlights important lessons learned from the experiences of older advocates of sexual health, and offered a safe space for young people to opening discuss the issues facing their generation.

 ASRHR 2014 Symposium hosted in Lusaka, Zambia
December 2014

The Investing in Adolescents Sexual Reproductive Health and Rights and HIV 2014 Symposium was hosted in Lusaka, Zambia early December.

Over 1,500 delegates, from 29 countries were in attendance and of those attendees, 350 young people stood up to speak out for issues that directly impact them and their rights.

Throughout the symposium, permanent secretaries and their representatives from Eastern and Southern Africa shared their country progress in the implementation of the commitment.
These are only a small fraction of the incredible strides that have been made in the past year. For more information on country progress please take a look at our one-year progress report here:

One Year in Review – English

Bilan D’une Année – Francais

Resumo De Um Ano – Português

 [:pt]2014 foi um ano de progresso impressionante de países envolvidos no Compromisso da África Oriental e Austral (AOA). Desde a assinatura do compromisso em dezembro de 2013, enormes passos foram dados para proporcionar a educação sexual compreensiva (ESC) e os serviços de saúde sexual reprodutiva (SSR) aos jovens.

Ao começarmos um novo ano, junte-se a nós ao olharmos para alguns dos progressos e pontos altos de eventos do passado ano…

Festival de Carreiras da Juventude na Namíbia oferece educação sexual compreensiva

Um festival anual de carreiras da juventude que oferece serviços de SSR foi apresentado na Namíbia a aproximadamente 4,000 jovens participantes. Demonstrações de preservativos e serviços integrados grátis de VIH e de SSR, incluindo testes ao VIH, foram oferecidos.

O Governo da Zâmbia Implementa um Programa Nacional sobre educação sexual compreensiva

O programa nacional de ESE lançado em abril deste ano que passou tem como alvo 1,750,000 jovens entre as idades de 10 a 24, com um novo currículo de ESC. Em parte, isto inclui estratégias para dar aos jovens um acesso mais fácil a testes de VIH e outros serviços de saúde necessários.

O objetivo principal é de que adolescentes e pessoas jovens da Zâmbia recebam melhores serviços de saúde sexual e reprodutiva e educação, centrando-se em prevenir novas infeções de VIH e gravidezes não intencionadas.

O Presidente do Malawi Assina o Compromisso para Acabar com o Casamento Infantil

No dia 25 de julho o Presidente do Malawi, Sua Excelência Peter Mutharika, assinou o Compromisso SADC para acabar com os casamentos infantis. Seguindo-se à assinatura do compromisso, uma campanha nacional para acabar com os casamentos infantis foi lançada em outubro.

Também a ser desenvolvido, o Gabinete do Malawi endossou o projeto lei do das relações de Casamento, Divórcio e Família, que será levado ao Parlamento para passar a ser lei. A lei proposta fará com que a idade mínima de casamento seja 18 anos para raparigas e rapazes, abordando um grande défice nos esforços previamente feitos pelo Malawi.

Workshops de Sensibilização de VIH/SIDA apresentados no Festival Cultural de Moçambique

O Festival Cultural Nacional, organizado pelo Ministério da Cultura em Inhambane, Moçambique, apresentou artistas nacionais e internacionais, agentes de cultura, e praticantes para uma celebração da diversidade ao longo de uma semana.

O festival teve lugar no passado agosto e incluiu workshops de sensibilização do VIH/SIDA conjuntamente organizados pela UNESCO e a UNFPA e liderados pela Associação Coalizão da Juventude Moçambicana.

Centrando-se em ampliar a Educação Sexual Extensiva e a capacidade de construir na África Oriental e Austral, os workshops ofereceram aos participantes o acesso à alta qualidade de educação sexual compreensiva, aumentando o seu conhecimento sobre a saúde e direitos da saúde sexual e reprodutiva.

O Ministério da Educação do Sudão do Sul Prepara a Integração da Educação Sexual Compreensiva no Currículo.

Mais de 60 partes interessadas juntaram-se no Millennium Hotel em Juba, Sudão do Sul, para um workshop de três dias para discutir as estratégias de integração da ESE nas escolas. O Ministério da Educação, Ciências e Tecnologia (MDEST) esteve a preparar-se para a integração da ESE no passado ano. O objetivo é reforçar a prevenção de VIH e promover resultados de saúde positivos no Sudão do Sul com o tema: Jovens hoje, é tempo de agir agora.

O resultado do processo conduzido pelo governo motivou parceiros chave de educação incluindo: o MDEST, a UNESCO, a UNFPA, a UNINICEF e a Light for the World para melhorar a integração da ESE na orientação de Competências de Vida.

O Diálogo Inaugural Entre Gerações sobre os Direitos da Saúde Sexual e Reprodutiva será realizado no Uganda.

Neste evento, 250 indivíduos, incluindo os jovens, as pessoas mais velhas, as organizações sociais civis, os responsáveis políticos e educadores de todo o Uganda juntaram-se para discutir como reforçar o envolvimento significativo e eficaz dos jovens nos direitos da saúde sexual e reprodutiva.

As discussões deste evento incidiram sobre a dinâmica técnica, contextual, cultural, religiosa e de idades e sexo (género), oferecendo uma plataforma para jovens participar com líderes do governo, do setor privado e sociedades civis para partilhar histórias, recomendações e perspetivas sobre problemas e preocupações a respeito dos direitos de saúde sexual e reprodutiva.

O evento destaca lições importantes aprendidas das experiências de antigos defensores de saúde sexual, e ofereceu um espaço seguro para os jovens discutirem abertamente os problemas que a sua geração enfrenta.

 O Simpósio SRHR 2014 apresentado em Lusaca, Zâmbia

O Simpósio 2014 do Investimento na Saúde e Direitos da Saúde Sexual e Reprodutiva e VIH foi apresentado em Lusaca, Zâmbia no principio de dezembro.

Mais de 1,500 delegados de 29 países participaram e desses que participaram, 350 jovens levantaram-se para falar dos problemas que têm impacto direto neles e nos seus direitos.

Durante todo o simpósio, secretários permanentes e os seus representativos da África Oriental e Austral partilharam o progresso dos seus países na implementação do compromisso.
Esta é apenas uma pequena fração dos passos incríveis que foram dados no ano passado. Para mais informações sobre o progresso dos países ver o nosso relatório de progresso de um ano aqui:

One Year in Review – English

Bilan D’une Année – Francais

Resumo De Um Ano – Português

 [:fr]2014 a été une année pleine de progrès de la part des pays impliqués dans l’Engagement de l’Afrique Orientale et Australe (AOA. Depuis la signature de l’Engagement en Décembre 2013, d’énormes progrès ont été réalisés pour offrir une éducation sexuelle et des services de santé sexuelle et reproductive (SSR) pour les jeunes.

Alors que nous entrons dans une nouvelle année, rejoignez-nous et jetons un coup d’œil à la progression des pays et aux points forts de cette année écoulée …

Le festival des carrières pour les jeunes en Namibie fournit une éducation sexuelle
Mars 2014

Un festival annuel de carrière des jeunes a été organisé en Namibie qui a fourni des services de SSR à environ 4000 jeunes qui y ont assisté. Démonstrations de préservatifs et de services VIH et de SSR intégrés gratuits, y compris le dépistage du VIH, ont été fournis.

Gouvernement zambien met en œuvre le Programme national sur l’éducation sexuelle
Avril 2014

Le programme national d’éducation sexuelle lancé en Avril de cette année écoulée vise 1.750.000 jeunes, âgés de 10 à 24, avec un nouveau programme d’éducation sexuelle. Une partie comprend des stratégies pour donner aux jeunes un accès plus facile au dépistage du VIH et à d’autres services de santé nécessaires.

L’objectif général est pour les adolescents et les jeunes en Zambie pour recevoir de meilleurs services de santé sexuelle et reproductive et une éducation, avec un accent sur la prévention des nouvelles infections au VIH et sur les grossesses non-désirées.

Le Président du Malawi signe l’Engagement sur la fin du mariage des enfants
Juillet 2014

Le 25 Juillet 2014, Son Excellence Peter Mutharika, Président du Malawi, a signé l’Engagement mettant fin au mariage des enfants. A la suite de la signature de cet engagement, une campagne nationale relative à la fin du mariage des enfants a été lancée en Octobre.

Également développé, le Cabinet du Malawi a approuvé le projet de loi relatif au mariage, au divorce et aux relations familiales, qui sera présenté au Parlement afin de devenir une loi. Le projet de loi fait de 18 ans l’âge minimum du mariage pour les filles et les garçons, faisant ainsi face à un déficit important des efforts déjà réalisés par le Malawi.

Des ateliers de sensibilisation au VIH / SIDA tenus pendant le festival culturel au Mozambique
Août 2014

Le Festival culturel national, organisé par le Ministère de la Culture à Inhambane, au Mozambique, a accueilli des artistes nationaux et internationaux, des agents culturels, et des praticiens pour une semaine de célébrations de la diversité.

Le festival a eu lieu en août et comprenait des ateliers de sensibilisation au VIH / SIDA qui ont été organisés conjointement par l’UNESCO et le FNUAP et dirigés par Associação da Juventude Coalizão Moçambicana.

En mettant l’accent sur l’intensification de l’éducation sexuelle  et le renforcement des capacités en Afrique Orientale et Australe, les ateliers ont donné aux participants l’accès à une éducation sexuelle de qualité, en augmentant leurs connaissances sur les droits et la santé sexuelle et reproductive.

Le ministre de l’Éducation du Sud-Soudan prépare l’intégration de l’éducation sexuelle dans les programmes
Septembre 2014

Plus de 60 intervenants se sont réunis à l’Hôtel Millennium à Juba, au Sud- Soudan, pour un atelier de trois jours afin de discuter des stratégies d’intégration de l’éducation sexuelle dans les écoles. Le ministère de l’Éducation Nationale, des Sciences et de la Technologie a préparé l’intégration de l’éducation sexuelle au cours de l’année écoulée. L’objectif est de renforcer la prévention du VIH et la promotion de résultats positifs sur la santé dans le Sud-Soudan sur le thème: Les jeunes d’aujourd’hui, c’est maintenant le temps d’agir.

Le résultat du gouvernement a conduit à la motivation des partenaires clés de l’éducation, y compris: MOEST, l’UNESCO, le FNUAP, l’UNICEF et Lumière pour le Monde à améliorer l’intégration de l’éducation sexuelle dans les lignes directrices des connaissances de la vie quotidienne.

Un dialogue intergénérationnel inaugural sur les droits de la santé sexuelle et reproductive a lieu en Ouganda
Septembre 2014

Lors de cet événement, 250 personnes, y compris les jeunes, les aînés, les organisations de la société civile, les décideurs et les éducateurs à travers l’Ouganda se sont réunis pour discuter des moyens de renforcer la participation effective et significative des jeunes sur les droits de la santé sexuelle et reproductive.

Les discussions tenues lors de l’événement ont porté sur les dynamiques techniques, contextuelles, culturelles et religieuses, offrant une plate-forme pour les jeunes pour s’engager avec les dirigeants du gouvernement, le secteur privé et la société civile et partager des histoires, des recommandations et des points de vue sur les préoccupations et les enjeux relatifs aux droits de la santé sexuelle et reproductive.

Les points forts, dans le domaine de la santé sexuelle, ont été tirés de l’expérience des avocats et des ainés de la santé, et ont offert un espace sécurisé pour les jeunes en ouvrant des discussions sur les enjeux de leur génération.

Le Colloque IDSSRA 2014 s’est tenu à Lusaka, en Zambie
Décembre 2014

Le Colloque Investissement dans les Droits et la Santé Sexuelle et Reproductive des Adolescents et le VIH de 2014 VIH a été organisé à Lusaka, en Zambie, début Décembre.

Plus de 1 500 délégués, provenant de 29 pays étaient présents et, parmi ces participants, 350 jeunes se sont levés pour parler des questions qui influent directement sur eux et sur leurs droits.

Tout au long du colloque, les secrétaires permanents en Afrique Orientale et Australe et leurs représentants ont partagé la progression de leurs pays dans la mise en œuvre de l’Engagement.


Ce n’est qu’une petite fraction des progrès incroyables qui ont été faits l’année dernière. Pour plus d’informations sur les progrès des pays, veuillez jeter un coup d’oeil à notre état d’avancement de cette année-ci :

One Year in Review – English

Bilan D’une Année – Francais

Resumo De Um Ano – Português



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