At African Initiatives we believe that everyone should have access to quality sexual and reproductive health information and services, and should enjoy a life free of violence.
By 2022, we aim to:
Improve access to gender-based violence, HIV and reproductive health services and rights for people living with HIV/AIDS, vulnerable girls and women, including female sex workers and women and girls with a disability. Community sensitisation is a key strategy to reduce stigma and discrimination and change health seeking behaviour. In the context of women and girls with disabilities, access to information will be a key focus area.
Improve quality of gender-based violence, HIV and reproductive health services and rights for vulnerable girls and women. This will be achieved, for example, through building the capacity of health workers with regards to HIV services to key populations, or changing attitudes of police men and women when dealing with victims of gender-based violence.
Improve decision making power for women and girls in relation to well-being and health. Through community awareness we seek to empower women and girls so they can stand up for their own rights in terms of family planning, safe sex and whether or not to have sex. Through our education programmes we are in a unique position to provide health and life skills to girls and boys.
Reduce the incidence of violence experienced by women and girls. We recognise that our programmes need to include violence prevention interventions to change attitudes and norms supportive of violence against women, promote gender equitable behaviours, and economically and socially empower women. In order to give it the focus it deserves, it stands alone as a key outcome under well-being.