Youth-serving and youth-led organizations have achieved increased recognition for their achievements at the global, regional, and national levels despite having very little resources. Resources have been made available, for example through small grants, to support young people in advocating for their own sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR) by organizations such as UNFPA and IPPF.
The Generation Now partnership, a joint initiative of the International AIDS Society (IAS) and Women Deliver, builds on these efforts by allocating new resources for small grants. The grants not only support young people to take immediate action in relation to a pressing SRHR concern in their context, but is intended to leverage commitment for future investments to sustain action based on the outcomes from the small grant.
Ten grants have been awarded to select advocacy organizations through the Generation Now Core Group youth members to develop grassroots projects globally with the aim of building on the latest global discussions at AIDS 2018 and the Generation Now pre-conference on adolescents’ and young women’s right to health; informed by and amplifying their experiences and perspectives.
In line with the overall focus of the Generation Now initiative, grants are awarded to innovative youth-led and youth-serving projects around the world with a focus on advocating for i) access to integrated youth-friendly SRHR and HIV health services, and/or ii) access of adolescents and young women to SRHR and HIV education and information.
Outcomes of selected community projects will be presented and discussed at the Women Deliver 2019 pre-conference, 2 June 2019 in Vancouver, Canada.