SHE SOARS – Kenya, Uganda, Zambia
- Goal: To deliver inclusive, holistic Adolescent Sexual Reproductive Health and Rights (ASRHR), life skills, and financial literacy programming for out-of-school adolescent girls and boys between 10 and 19 years old.
- Areas of focus: Sexual Reproductive Health and Rights; Economic Empowerment.
- Target group: Out-of-school girls aged 10-19 years old
- Where: Kenya, Uganda, and Zambia
- Duration: July 22, 2021 – January 2029
Out-of-school adolescent girls are consistently left out of traditional adolescent Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights (SRHR) programming, are difficult to reach, and often have the greatest need and least access to comprehensive sexual and reproductive health services. The chosen intervention sites of this project-urban informal settlements (Kenya), rural settings (Zambia), and refugee host communities (Uganda)-represent locations where the benefits of domestic legal advancements on SRHR and related health system strengthening interventions have not yet reached young people. This has left large youth populations, in particular adolescent girls, especially vulnerable as they navigate the difficult and often contradicting social norms, roles, and expectations that are applied to adolescent girl’s sexuality resulting in limited access to related health services.
What we are doing
SHE SOARS is working alongside health care providers and key stakeholders in the target communities to provide evidence-based sexual and reproductive health information, address root causes of gender-based inequalities, improve health services, and work with young people, particularly girls, to increase decision-making about their lives and their bodies.
SHE SOARS’s goals are:
- To increase the use of sexual and reproductive health services, such as information on Sexually Transmitted Infections (STIs), access to family planning, and menstrual hygiene management;
- To improve the delivery of sexual and reproductive health services that respond to the needs and desires of adolescents, particularly girls.
- To provide training and resources to women’s and girls’ rights organizations to advocate for evidence-based, accountable and equitable adolescent sexual and reproductive health and rights’ policies, legal frameworks, and services.
At all steps of the project, adolescent girls and boys will work with CARE and partners to advance youth decision making by ensuring that their rights, aspirations and ideas influence program implementation through youth-led research, co-design of key project activities, and through the SHE SOARS Youth Advisory Board.
- SHE SOARS Project Brief [PDF]
- SHE SOARS Kenya Baseline Findings [PDF]
- SHE SOARS Uganda Baseline Findings [PDF]
- SHE SOARS Zambia Baseline Findings [PDF]
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The project will directly support 240,288 adolescent girls and 63,197 adolescent boys ages 10-19 years old to access adolescent sexual and reproductive health services and realize their rights. A total of 339,407 women and 84,880 men will also directly benefit from project activities.