AFSA Programme

Sexual and Reproductive Health Rights

Sexual and Reproductive Health Rights

The SRHR Unit was set up in 2014 in order to deliver the Making Sexual and Reproductive Health Rights Real in South Africa programme. The inception of this unit was through funding by the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (SIDA).

The SRHR programme aims to address and catalyse the transformation of social, cultural, structural and legal barriers, and to identify and compel duty bearers to redress the systemic failures, which impede the realisation of HIV/AIDS and SRH rights in marginalised communities and populations. Over the years, there has been a shift to include a focus on SRHR in Eastern and Southern Africa.

In order to involve actors in the SRHR field, the Sex Rights Africa Network (SRAN) was established. SRAN is a free, open association of individuals and organisations involved with or interested in strengthening SRHR. Its purpose is to connect people to contribute to more effective practice. This includes serving as a ‘signpost’ to existing networks and campaigns, rather than operation in parallel or in completion. The SRAN has a dedicated website where individuals and organisations can share information, organise for collective action and advocate for improvements in delivery of Sexual and Reproductive Health (SRH) services and the protection of SRH rights for all people in the region.

As from July 2017 the SRHR unit, through SRAN, is now implementing a programme focusing on using Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), as well as other regional commitments that have been ratified by countries in the ESA region, as a catalyst to make Sexual and Reproductive Health Rights Real in Eastern and Southern Africa. It is envisaged that the programme will strengthen civil society organisations to drive effective action and advocacy campaigns for the progressive realisation of improved SRHR. The cycle for this programme is July 2017 to March 2021.

The key objectives of the programme are:

  • Strengthen knowledge exchange, cross-learning and networking between SRHR practitioners and support joint advocacy and solidarity among CSOs in the region, through the enhancement and expansion of the Sex Rights Africa knowledge managementportal and network.
  • Forge and develop strategic partnerships with relevant national and regional CSOs to strengthen action and advocacy for the advancement of SRHR in RSA.
  • Equip targeted marginalised populations with information and support to respond to SRHR challenges (including GBV, SOGI/ LGBTIQ+ rights, migrant and disability rights, adolescent SRHR, including forced/early marriage, and access to safe, legal abortion), through face-to-face, online and social media communication.
  • Support evidence-based, culturally relevant local, national and regional advocacy for comprehensive SRHR for all with quality research.

The current programme is implemented with Section27 and the Treatment Action Campaign
as strategic partners. The table below indicates areas of focus and the focus for each partner.

Country
Year 1 areas of focus (A = AFSA, S = SECTION27, T = TAC)
Knowledge exchange
(website)
Networking and capacity building (online & physical) Research and joint advocacy for accountability on global and regional commitments
HIV & AIDS ASRHR LGBTI Rights GBV Teen Pregnancy Child Marriage Menstrual Hygiene Rights
Angola A
Botswana AT Advocacy, treatment
(Rx) literacy, policy
T A S
Comoros A
Kenya AST Advocacy, treatment
ST(Rx) literacy, policy
AST AST AS AS AS AS
Lesotho A Advocacy (Rx)
literacy, policy
A AS
Madagascar A
Malawi AST Advocacy (Rx)
literacy, policy
AST AST AST AS
Mauritius A A A AS
Mozambique AST Advocacy (Rx)
literacy, policy
ST A AS
Namibia A Advocacy (Rx)
literacy, policy
ST A AST AS
Reunion A
Seychelles A A
South Africa A Advocacy, legal rights,
Rx literacy, disability
AST AST AST AST AS AS
Swaziland A Engaging men,
Advocacy, Rx literacy
AT A A AT AS
Tanzania A Advocacy, Rx literacy T
Uganda A
Zambia A Advocacy, Rx literacy T AT AS
Zimbabwe A Advocacy, Rx literacy T S AS
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