UYONET being a youth organization has designed a number of interventions to contribute to strengthening sexual and reproductive health movement in the country. We work on SRH and Gender mainstreaming, by empowering young people to participate in planning and decision-making, governance and social accountability for SRH and gender equality and equity.
UYONET is also engaged in the policy advocacy campaign at both national and local level to not only influence the policy processes but also to create awareness within local communities in target districts so that young people and the wider community and local CSOs and youth networks/associations can advocate for better social services and policies.
Uganda Youth Network with support from Plan international is implementing a ‘Ni-Yetu’ Youth Program, which integrates promotion of Youth SRH&R and prevention of GBV among young people in five districts of Tororo, Kamuli, Lira,Alebtong and Kampala.
‘Ni-Yetu’ is a Swahili word which literally stands for ‘it is ours’ and has been carefully selected by the youth representatives to demonstrate youth identification with and ownership for the program. Ni-Yetu is to contribute to a healthy youth population, free from violence, and empowered in an inclusive civil society that promotes state accountability.
UYONET through Niyetu has empowered young people to demand for and fulfil their rights in a participatory and inclusive manner that also recognizes and actively engages with Civil Society Organisations, key public sector agencies at various levels as well as relevant community-level actors.
UYONET has been able to register the following successes under NIYETU
- Adolescent/youth boys and girls including the most excluded are now knowledgeable on SRH rights,
- There is Increased availability of and access to quality and affordable adolescent/youth friendly SRH services in public social service departments
- Increased utilization of SRH and social protection services among adolescents/youth (girls and boys) aged 13 – 24 years.
- Reduction in harmful social-cultural practices against adolescents/youth especially amongst girls and young women i.e. Early/forced marriages, unfair inheritance practices, culture of silence, and domestic violence
- There is increased capacities of youth structures at different levels developed to demanding state accountability on implementation and reporting on national and international instruments Youth SRHR.
- Vibrant youth led CSOs meaningfully participating and influencing youth empowerment programming and policies that affect their lives at all levels (Local, national and international).
Increased involvement of youth in decision-making processes within CSOs and Local governance structures.