Generation Now Core Group
Meet the Generation Now Core Group, a diverse group of 40 members, at least half of whom are under the age of 30. The Core Group is instrumental in informing the direction of the Generation Now partnership and the development of the pre-conference meeting programmes. The members, selected for their expertise in HIV and sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR), share their perspective on why the SRHR and HIV communities must come together NOW for adolescents and young women.
Core Group Youth Members
Lighthouse Global Health Initiative (LGHI), Nigeria
Vertical interventions have limited the extent of our impact towards achieving health and well-being of adolescents and young women. HIV cannot be separated from SRHR; hence, pragmatic interventions should be holistic and integrated. The time for SRHR and HIV communities to combine forces is now!
As a young person and representative of a youth SRHR organization, I believe the strongest arguments for the SRHR and HIV communities to work together is the common challenges that we face, the intersectionality of the issues we are addressing and the potential of coming up with innovative solutions.
Anja Frydensberg Pedersen
Sex & Samfund, Denmark
Because we are all in the same boat. In the end, we are all fighting for the right to live healthy and happy lives, free from stigma and discrimination. Unfortunately, we are nowhere near. It is a missed opportunity if we do not start working together right now, because if we do not, it will only take longer to reach our goal.
PACT & African Regional Young Positives, Zimbabwe
SRHR and HIV communities should come together NOW for adolescents and young women because we need a collective approach, and it is time to program with adolescents and young women than for them.
Aurelio Orta Resendiz
IAS Youth Ambassador, Mexico
Adolescents and young women have been voiceless for a long time; they cannot wait anymore. The ideas and talent of young advocates, healthcare professionals, researchers and policy makers in SRHR and HIV are there. By bringing together both communities, we are ensuring effective and comprehensive models of prevention and care.
Youth LEAD, Thailand
SRHR and HIV are both equally important for adolescents and young women and to the service provider as it improves the quality of life. The safe and healthy family planning is a right of every woman in the world and if both come together, the number of clients accessing services will increase.
These two must come together in order to help create a safe environment for adolescents and young women in the community and health facilities for then to access quality health services especially SRHR-HIV information, Treatment, care and support.
Hidden Pockets, India
It is crucial for movements to come together at a time when SRHR movement is pushing towards criminalisation of some aspects of sexuality and HIV movement is opposing the criminalisation of communities. It is time, we come together and re-look at our strategies and build a stronger movement that does not leave anyone behind.
SRHR and HIV communities should could come together as this is aimed at designing better programs for adolescent and women, which are comprehensive, age appropriate and engaging. We are the leaders of change today, tomorrow and forever.
CHOICE for Youth, Netherlands
Young people are at increased risk of sexual and reproductive ill health and HIV. Without meaningful youth engagement, many policies do not consider the rich diversity of young people and their varied lived realities. The SRHR and HIV communities have an important role to play in reaching out to the most vulnerable young people - by uniting both movements we can ensure that no young person is left behind!
It is necessary to rethink intersections within the SRHR and HIV movement. De-stigmatization and education are key to success. It is also essential to include both adolescents and young women, beyond tokenism, in advocacy and program design.
Ikhtyar for Gender Studies and Research, Egypt
If we are aiming, as young and passionate advocates, for mental and physical wellbeing for ourselves, and all people, we have an indispensable opportunity to destigmatize sexuality and reproductive autonomy by integrating SRHR and HIV services and advocacy work. Neither HIV nor SRHR are standalone issues. They overlap and intersect.
Sexual and Reproductive Justice Coalition; JUST CHOICE, South Africa
Oko Armah Francis
Young Leaders for Change Foundation, Ghana
HIV and SRHR communities must come together because an integrating HIV and SRHR works for the good of women and girls towards a healthier, more empowered and equal world of possibilities.
Pascal Macharia Irungu
Health Options for Young Men on HIV/AIDS and STIs (HOYMAS), Kenya
Mature minors, regardless of their sexuality are in the exploratory age in their sexual lives. They are bound to put themselves at risk if they do not receive the right messaging regarding prevention options. Focussing on them ensures we create a “WOKE” next generation, aware of their SRHR and other health & human rights as well.
Romesa Roy Williams
Sindh Transgender Welfare Network; Pechra, Pakistan
We should put integration at the forefront, joining SRHR interventions with existing community-based HIV programmes, connecting public and private SRHR and HIV service providers, and generating important evidence to add to the knowledge base on SRHR/HIV integration. Leveraging the strengths of marginalized youth, we can integrate HIV/SRHR programmes to ensure the services are non-judgmental, friendly and effective.
Commonwealth Gender Equality Network, FRIDA, Sri Lanka
Young women and girls are important stakeholders in the conversations around SRH and HIV and are most affected. Yet, their realities and needs are constantly overlooked. Gender-based violence and gender inequalities enhance their vulnerability and have detrimental effects on their lives. All stakeholders must be accountable and address, promote and protect SRHR for young women and girls, which are directly linked to HIV.
Africaid Zvandiri, Zimbabwe
Adolescents and young women are particularly exposed to stigma and discrimination, whilst also carrying the burden of prejudice for being women and for being HIV+. This reduce their possibility of receiving equal treatment; if we focus on them, we can help to reduce and end the pandemic.
Youth RISE, Zimbabwe
In order to end HIV by 2030 and provide a blueprint for adolescents and women to access reproductive and sexual health services it is more than essential for SRHR and HIV communities to be unified and work together as one.
She Decides/ AfriYAN, Malawi
Young people make up the majority of the population and it’s high time we take steps to invest in building the next generation to ensure that they survive and thrive; to give them a future where SHE can DECIDE who, when and what they want to do with their lives, Without question!
Core Group Members
UNICEF Latin America and Caribbean, Panama
We have failed adolescents. Our commitment to ensure adolescent girls and young women reach their full potential should go beyond the HIV and SRH communities, expanding to the health and education system, the private sector, academia, entrepreneurs and young people themselves. The future is now; we have no time to waste.
Aleksandar Sasha Bordiroza
IPPF, United Kingdom
Lancet, United Kingdom
Family Health Options Kenya, Kenya
International Community of Women Living with HIV (ICW) Global, Kenya
The aspirations of achieving an HIV free generation and ending AIDS by 2030 can only be realized where community-centred stronger linkages between HIV and SRHR policy, programs and interventions exist to address the facilitators of sexual and reproductive ill health and HIV such as poverty, gender inequality, poor education and social marginalisation.
Global Health Strategies, United States
The largest generation of young people ever is entering its reproductive years. We have a great opportunity to fully realize this generation’s sexual and reproductive health and rights – including access to HIV prevention and treatment – but progress relies on young people being at the forefront, not an afterthought.
The premise of leaving no one behind is powerful, and one that must guide us as we forge ahead to 2030. As a Partnership of 10 constituencies that include SRHR and HIV communities, bringing partners together is crucial for ensuring links across sectors, enabling us to reach women and girls everywhere, and ultimately ensuring equal access to health and rights for women and girls.
Population Council, United States
Research has shown that when we invest in the health and well-being of adolescent girls and young women, there is a profound ripple effect benefitting their lives, their families, communities, and society. We owe it to them to come together as HIV and SRHR communities and ensure investment in integrated policies and programs. The pathway to a brighter future for adolescent girls is paved with rigorous evidence and informed decisions.
The Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria, Switzerland
Women Deliver, United States
One location to get tested for HIV, another for condoms, and a third for birth control pills? We are way overdue for the SRHR and HIV communities to come together. Denying holistic care kills millions, not least adolescents and young women - who have become the face of HIV.
Sex & Samfund, IPPF, Denmark
Human rights are universal, but in reality, adolescents and young women do not get access to enjoy their rights. SRHR and the HIV communities share values and common ground. We need to share our knowledge -learn and earn together- to ensure a world when all people can enjoy the same rights.
Desmond Tutu HIV Centre, South Africa
With almost 2000 young women becoming infected with HIV in South Africa alone, the opportunity to intervention while also taking care of their unmet SR needs is incredibly compelling.
UNFPA, United States
Attaining health and well-being without leaving anyone behind, and reaching the HIV and SRHR targets of SDGs 3 and 5, means prioritizing the needs of women and girls, especially the poorest and most marginalized among them; and increasing investment in and solidarity for women's rights movements.
It is imperative for the SRHR and HIV communities to come together if we really want to see an exponential change in terms of preventing HIV and providing AIDS care. It has been proven that when both services are integrated there is a significant positive impact, especially for women.
Survive and Thrive, CIFF, United Kingdom
Breaking down silos is essential if we are to accelerate progress. We must shift power to adolescents and young women, placing them at the centre of how comprehensive SRHR services are designed and delivered, joining the dots and creating interventions that are truly responsive to their needs
Raoul Fransen-dos Santos
International Civil Society Support, Netherlands
Family Life Association of Swaziland, Swaziland
SRHR and HIV communities need to come together NOW for adolescents and young women to maximise efficiency and effectiveness as both are addressing the same root causes of ill health.