YWCA in Ethiopia

Sexual and Reproductive Health

improved sexual and reproductive health status of young women.

Key Activites

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Awareness Raising on SRHR

Working to ensure that women have increased access to sexual & reproductive health information and services.

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Run Youth Safe Space

Run safe spaces for young women for increasing access to information and knowledge related to SRHR.

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Advocate for SRHR

YWCA also advocate for the sexual reproductive health and rights (SRHR) of young women in different platforms, where policy decisions take place.

Under this program, target groups are out of school adolescents and youth from 10-24 years. Accordingly; Shoe Shiners, domestic workers and Street Vendors has been addressed with SRH knowledge through the different trainings and peer learning platforms organized by YWCA.  This program has so far reached more than 1250 out of school youths.

Female University students is facing considerable amount of problems which directly contributing to their high droop out rate and attrition rate in higher learning institute.  Even though their enrollment rate is incredibly increasing, their dropout rate is still highly increasing. The reasons for this, as confirmed by researches are lack of social skill,  economic constraints, lack of leadership and  negotiation skill gender office of AAU also confirmed RH problems  faced by female University students are contributing factor to their High attrition rate.

With these evidences, the YWCA of Ethiopia intervened in higher learning institute since 2008. This program has components on Economic support, capacity building of students through provision of trainings on reproductive health, leadership and mentoring and TUSEME(Kiswahili  word which means lets speak out ). It also aims at supporting club activities to enable female students building their leadership skill through participation in extracurricular activities. Similarly, the program facilitated access to reproductive health services. Towards this end; it has established Kiosk at Addis Ababa university in partnership with DKT Ethiopia. This kiosk avails sanitary napkin pads, reproductive health services as well as other kiosk items. The proceeds from the sale of the items are going to sustaining the project and it is currently supporting economically vulnerable students.

The YWCA has supported over 1000 youths in higher learning institutes, among which it has provided mentorship, capacity building trainings and bursary support for 140 girls who are economically vulnerable female University students in pursuit of their education. It has managed to support their education and assured school attainment of 114 (81.4%) female University students who got bursary support as well as other capacity building trainings. This has a tremendous impact on delaying marriage and enhancing the sexual and reproductive health of these girls among others.

Besides accomplishing and meeting its objectives, YWCA takes the first initiation to prepare and distribute orientation booklet to University students. The orientation booklet included information on: RH, RH problem the social and academic environment of the University, study skill, services available in the University, assertiveness and other important issue. More over life skill, leadership and job readiness trainings are organized for graduating female students to boost their confidence in searching employment and becoming successful leaders in their contexts. Among the female students who has been targeted through this program more than 75% are now playing a  women leadership roles in different sectors.

Female foot ball team which is established since 2007 is composed of 30 vulnerable girls, coming from slum parts of Addis Ababa. The team serves as safe space, a means of creating social capital and peer learning group for Sexual Reproductive Health promotion.

Moreover, YWCA is also engaged in providing youth center service and youth club activities as a means to create safe space and promotion of reproductive health among youth community.