According to data from the Mozambique National Health Institute (INS) the HIV prevalence in Mozambican girls is three times as high as in boys. Due to gender inequality and a limited possibility to protect the position of women at policy level, women's rights are frequently violated. Young girls marry at a very early age, often have unwanted pregnancies and more easily fall victim to violence.
The NGO Pathfinder International has been implementing programmes in Mozambique with regard to family planning, reproductive health and HIV/AIDS, with adolescents and young people as main focus group, since 1997.
With this project Pathfinder International wants to reinforce the organisational and technical capacities of youth civil society. In addition the organisation wants to train young people, so as to empower them to become strong advocates for their sexual and reproductive health rights and needs.
Pathfinder International wants to reinforce 5 youth organisations in the provinces of Maputo, Gaza and Tete, so as to allow them by 2014 to participate in a sustainable fashion in the implementation of policy-making regarding sexual and reproductive health and rights.
The project aims to realise the following results:
- having youth organisations organise activities around influencing political policies and generating an increased demand for sexual and reproductive health services and rights;
- improving the organisations’ skills for influencing policy and their technical expertise in sexual and reproductive health;
- improving the organisation and management of 5 youth organisations.