Generation Now Grant Programme

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.

Meet the grantees

Nana Abuelsoud

Who are the Generation Now grantees?

Nana Abuelsoud is a member of Ikhtyar African Feminist Collective, working to produce knowledge in Arabic on sexual and reproductive rights. Nana is also a core member of Generation Now, a Women Deliver Young Leader (2016) and a World Contraception Day Ambassador.

What is the aim of your Project?

Mawanie (Preventives) will bring to the center, personal experiences of what it means to be affected by HIV in a country where SRH services are inaccessible and unfriendly to young women and men. Mawanie will adopt a storytelling approach to share insights from the field; aiming for deconstructing stigma and misconceptions surrounding HIV in specific, and SRHR in general. This publication will speak of rights, pleasure, affected peoples experiences, and service providers’ roles and attitudes.

Country
Egypt
Organization
Ikhtyar for Gender Studies and Research
Gender
Female

Adebisi Adenipekun

Who are the Generation Now grantees?

Adebisi is the founder of Lighthouse Global Health Initiative. He is a Women Deliver Young Leader alumnus, 120Under40 New Generation of Family Planning Leaders and advisory committee member of Generation Now: Our Health, Our Rights. He is a public health pharmacist and an alumnus of Enterprise Development Centre, Pan-Atlantic University.

What is the aim of your Project?

TeensThrive was implemented with grant and institutional strengthening from Women Deliver & HP respectively, to improve adolescents’ health and leadership potentials by providing an adolescent-friendly platform where education, counseling and referral services are offered in an integrated manner. Ten TeensThrive Ambassadors have been trained and 1,050 in-school adolescents reached.

Country
Nigeria
Organization
Lighthouse Global Health Initiative (LGHI)
Gender
Male

Francis Oko Armah

Who are the Generation Now grantees?

Francis Oko Armah is the Programmes Lead at The Young Leaders for Change Foundation in Accra Ghana and a Women Deliver Alumni (Class of 2016). Worked with different organizations on Youth SRHR campaigns and related issues and currently working on a project that seeks to call for a national HIV and SRHR integration policy.

What is the aim of your Project?

I AM AWARE! aims to create greater access to education on SRHR and HIV by creating awareness among young people on the current HIV prevalence, SRHR challenges through interactive theatre and other edutainment activities reaching a total of 20, 000 young people in 20 school in the 10 regions of Ghana.

Country
Ghana
Organization
Young Leaders for Change Foundation
Gender
Male

Linda Barry

Who are the Generation Now grantees?

I am a Guinean-Dutch youth advocate at the youth-led NGO CHOICE for Youth & Sexuality. I have a strong passion for human rights, SHRH and Meaningful Youth Participation. I am particularly interested in HIV/AIDS, maternal health, access to safe abortion services and combatting gender-based violence.

What is the aim of your Project?

The No SRHR without HIV Services project seeks to:

  • Gather evidence on young people’s experiences and needs on integrated youth-friendly SRHR and HIV health services;
  • Explore how increased access to integrated youth-friendly HIV health services can help combat the HIV/AIDS epidemic;
  • Advocate for integrated youth-friendly SRHR and HIV health services at the OHCHR.
Country
The Netherlands
Organization
Choice for youth
Gender
Female

Jasmine George

Who are the Generation Now grantees?

Jasmine Lovely George is a lawyer, Tedx Speaker and sexual and reproductive health advocate who sees social value in technology. She has founded the Hidden Pockets - community interest start up talking about sexual and reproductive health in cities of India. As a feminist activist, she is working on Sexual and Reproductive Rights as a member of RESURJ - An international feminist collective. She is a Women Deliver Young Leader alumni and YCI Rise Up fellowship.

What is the aim of your Project?

In my project "My Body My City", Hidden Pockets aims to create an inclusive idea of a city where health of young girls living with HIV is also part of conversation. In my project with the help of a group of young positive girls, I mapped some of the health centers around their spaces in city of Bangalore. We wanted to create a network of doctors who are willing to talk about sexual and reproductive health in their cities.

Country
India
Organization
Hidden Pockets
Gender
Female

Pascal Macharia

Who are the Generation Now grantees?

A human rights activist with a keen interest in integrating Tech-innovations into information provision and sensitization of the male sex worker (MSW) community and service providers.

What is the aim of your Project?

My project aims to complete an information hub targeting the MSW community coupled with sensitization forums for health care providers and the police to ease and promote uptake and access to services for the MSW community.

Country
Kenya
Organization
Health Options for Young men with HIV/AIDS and STIs (HOYMAS)
Gender
Male

Marinella Matejčić

Who are the Generation Now grantees?

Marinella Matejčić is a feminist activist and a member of PaRiter from Croatia. She is engaged in SRHR and RJ topics. Marinella is a Women Deliver Young Leader Alumni, IWHC's Advocacy in practice alumni, Generation Now Core Group member and FRIDA - The young feminist fund advisor.

What is the aim of your Project?

Mature in Life: A storytelling project on CSE is a project that was implemented in Rijeka, Croatia in 2018 and was implemented by PaRiter. The project was organized around storytelling as an empowering tool for highlighting CSE issues through videos, blog posts, and infographics, as virtual components, and workshops with students as a practical component.

Country
Croatia
Organization
Libela Port, FRIDA
Gender
Female

Gladwell Muthoni

Who are the Generation Now grantees?

I am an IAS Youth Voices Champion and a Youth Action Movement National Executive committee member (part of FHOK governance). I am a young mother, I got pregnant when I was 17 years old and I have been able to overcome a lot of social and emotional challenges to be an inspiration to other girls. As a Youth Champion, I am committed to Reproductive Health with a special focus on Family planning and HIV/AIDS because I do not wish to see young girls getting infected with HIV/AIDS or unintended pregnancies which may result in unsafe abortions. Young girls should also be able to access knowledge that will enable them to bargain for safer sex thus reducing unplanned pregnancy and HIV new infections. I visualize a Kenya and Africa where girls and women can make informed choices regarding their sexual and reproductive health without stigma.

What is the aim of your Project?

Integrate seeks to explore the needs and challenges of young people in accessing integrated services within the community through conversations and focused group discussions (FGD). In addition, it shall engage with the county health department to realize harmonizing of the county health department work plan to realize integration of the Reproductive Maternal Adolescent Health (RMCAH) and HIV programmes, which are currently different.

Country
Kenya
Organization
Family Health Option Kenya
Gender
Female

Sarah Soysa

Who are the Generation Now grantees?

Sarah is a passionate feminist working in the Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights field with a special focus on Gender and safe abortion rights. She has completed her bachelors in Social Work and her Masters in Gender and Development Studies in the University of Melbourne. She has been volunteering and working with National, Regional and Faith based organizations such as IPPF, Family Planning Association of Sri Lanka, University of Melbourne youth research division, South Asia Regional Youth Network, YPEER Sri Lanka, Young Women’s Christian Association, Asia Safe Abortion Partnership and FRIDA feminist Fund. She is also a the national programme analyst for SRHR at UNFPA Sri Lanka and a founding member and former coordinator of the Commonwealth Youth and Gender Equality Forum. Sarah is the founding member of the Youth Advocacy Network in Sri Lanka a youth led organization working on SRHR and safe abortion.

What is the aim of your Project?

The aim of the project is to improve access to comprehensive, accessible information and services on Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights and HIV and AIDS of young people living with hearing disabilities in Sri Lanka. The project is building up on an exciting project facilitating a dialogue to integrate SRHR in the health curriculum in deaf schools across Sri Lanka to ensure inclusive education for people living with hearing disabilities

Country
Sri Lanka
Organization
Commonwealth Gender Equality Network, FRIDA
Gender
Female

Anamaria Suciu

Who are the Generation Now grantees?

Anamaria is a young woman, passionate about gender equality and working around the clock to advance the SRHR of young people. She is currently chairing YouAct and working with IPPF EN. Anamaria is a strong believer in the power of comprehensive sexuality education to improve people's lives.

What is the aim of your Project?

The European Parliament, Our Ally project aims to bring together youth advocates and Members of the European Parliament to discuss the importance for young people to have access to sexual and reproductive health and rights information, education and services, including Comprehensive Sexuality Education.

Country
Belgium
Organization
YouAct
Gender
Female
 

 

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