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.