The READY MovementIn many countries in sub-Saharan Africa, young people have limited access to youth-friendly sexual and reproductive health (SRH) services and accurate information. Parents, communities and policymakers may be reluctant to discuss young people’s sexuality. Gender roles and expectations restrict how young women and men should behave and act. And young people are often excluded from programmes and decisions about their own sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR).
This is challenging for all young people. But even more so for young people living with HIV and from key populations (young men who have sex with men, young transgender people, and young people who sell sex and/or inject drugs) who face stigma, discrimination and violence.
Together, we can change this. READY is a youth-led movement, working with and for adolescents and young people aged 10-24 years living with and affected by HIV mainly in East, Central and Southern Africa, but with a growing global presence in West Africa, North Africa, Middle East and Asia. We support adolescents and young people in their diversity – regardless of their sexual orientation, gender identity or expression – to understand their SRHR and make healthier choices.
Young people: at the heart of READYYoung people helped create the READY movement. Today, they remain at its core. All READY Movement interventions place adolescents and young people in their diversity at the centre of design, delivery, monitoring and evaluation. Adolescents and young people are valued as equal partners who are actively involved in all areas of SRHR programming, including advocacy. The Global Network of Young People Living with HIV (Y+), with support from Frontline AIDS and partners, leads advocacy at the national, regional and international levels.
Snapshot of READY Movement interventions
READY works with a wide range of target groups so that:
- Young people are ready to make informed decisions about their health and wellbeing: to lead, speak up and demand their rights.
- Parents, caregivers and communities are ready to support young people and to promote their rights, health and wellbeing
- Service providers are to deliver youth-friendly services, including HIV and SRH services, psychosocial support, and information
- Decision-makers are ready to champion the SRHR of adolescents and young people living with and affected by HIV.
Youth AdvocacyREADY gives youth advocates around the world a place where they can share ideas, unite around key issues and demand their right to health. Y+ is the engine behind the movement.
Campaigns and social media
- #READYtoDecide, which aims to end genderbased violence against women and girls.
- #WeAreREADY – Fresh Voices Making Choices, which supports young people to influence the decisions that affect their lives, health and wellbeing
- #WeAreREADY to #ActOnHIV, which unites young people and organisations to promote the rights of young people and bring attention to the impact of HIV
READY has an active social media presence, run by youth advocates:
We also produce a snappy READY newsletter twice a year. And youth advocates have access to a thriving community of practice where they can share research and news of upcoming events, as well as take part in webinars
Joining the movement means that as an individual or organisation, you ‘sign on’ to support the meaningful involvement of adolescents and young people in their diversity in all areas of SRHR and HIV programming and policy. In practice, this means that:
- As an adolescent or young person, you are ready to learn and be empowered to influence decisions relating to your SRHR. You gain knowledge and skills to build your resilience and enable you to contribute to policy and debate on SRHR and HIV at local, national and global levels.
- For implementing agencies, your programme is based on the Aiming High principles outlined in the READY wheel. Most importantly, adolescents and young people in their diversity are at the centre of design, delivery and monitoring and evaluation of programmes.
When you join the movement, you will have access to useful tools developed by and with young people to empower communities on SRHR and HIV. You’ll also be able to learn about effective HIV and SRHR programming.