Unheard Voice with Representation

Adolescent girls and young women  (AGYW) is the increasing number of youth who are said to be in a challenge of HIV/AIDS incidence high and spread through heterosexual transmission.

Under United Nations (UN) Political Declaration on Ending AIDS adopted in June 2016 calls for reducing  new HIV infections to fewer than 500,000 per year by 2020 and with a specific targets to reduce new HIV infections among adolescent girls and young women aged 15 to 24 years to fewer than 100,000  by 2020.

This can be achieved by understanding of the epidemic as well as the situation of those with high prevalence rate which in Tanzania are key population (MSM, Transgender, People who Inject Drugs, Gays, Female sex workers) with the exclusion of AGYW. We have seen strategic plans with different interventions on ending HIV infections but there is no representation.

Design has to be take into cosideration on achieving the 2020 target on how you involve everyone without discrimination and exclusion either by age and gender identity. We can not design an implementation with representation of a specific group with 0number but we have their voice on the table through documentations and paper.

Delivering of programs in a way that we can see involvement of everyone and service providers can be able to reach out to everyone. But some programs are set to meet targets not to sustain the need and have impacts to those who are reached out during the implementation

Have a program with impact and sustainability but we can see most of the implementation phase out after the programs end.

That is one among the many that AGYW are being represented and their voice are on papers and documentation

We don’t have see voice of AGYW in sexual reproductive health rights/education (SRHE/SRHR) no in gender based violence. Unlike many cases of women and children documented and reported in a manner where some efforts can be done and actions considered for a particular incidence. We have many cases on GBV among AGYW and more of refusal to SRHR services just because of their age (15-24) or they are represented by women in their platforms.

We need to have a look in a broader perspective when we talk of AGYW issues including then in women agendas.

I wish to have an online platform with I4C members to address this and see how we can handle this and come out with a solution that can be applied in our areas and programs related to AGYW

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