We have the great pleasure to announce that during the Gender Links regional Voice and Choice SADC Protocol@Work Summit yesterday, YUVA has been declared as the winner of the VoiceandChoice Youth Award 2021.
The Summit brought the winners from the 2019/20 country summits together virtually. The good practices adjudicated by panels of judges who are experts in the relevant fields. There were approximately 135 presentations from 14 countries in eight thematic areas, five local government and two entrepreneurship categories.
- To gather evidence on #VoiceandChoice through case studies on action, leadership and institutional practise.
- To acknowledge and affirm survivors of gender violence who are reclaiming their lives.
- To establish new baseline scores for the Centres of Excellence for Gender in Local Government in line with the Agenda 2030 SADC Protocol on Gender and Development.
- To promote discussion and reflection on what works to achieve gender equality and justice.
The tenth edition of the SADC Gender Protocol Barometer, published in 2018, put a spotlight on the inter-linked gender justice issues of our time including menstrual health, comprehensive sexual education, teenage pregnancies, safe abortion, maternal health, GBV, HIV and Aids, and sexual diversity.
The Voice and choice campaign moves the gender justice agenda from the Post 2015 era to include individual and collective voices to advocate for change. The agenda will be driven by citizens demands and voices. By improving citizens’ wellbeing, institutions and other stakeholders are building a critical citizenry that can hold governments accountable.
During 2018 and 2019 GL and the Alliance have developed 37 national SRHR and 103 local SRHR campaigns. In addition, GL worked with 95 councils across ten countries to update their SRHR plans. The Voice and Choice Summit provide an important checkpoint to evaluate the implementation of the campaigns and action plans at the national and local level.