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Young African Feminist Leadership Programme

The Young Women’s Leadership Project on Sexual and Reproductive Health Rights (SRHR) is an action research project which works with university women in five different Southern African countries to educate them for improved sexual and reproductive health rights, while building feminist leadership skills in young women. The young women who participate in the project are educated in gender, sexuality studies and SRHR in order to build advocacy skills around gender and SRHR on their respective campuses in and in their countries. Partner institutions are the University of Botswana, The University of Namibia, the University of Zimbabwe, Eduardo Mondlane University in Mozambique, University of KwaZulu-Natal, the University of Witwatersrand and the University of Cape Town. The Young Women’s Leadership Project is funded by the Ford Foundation and coordinated by the African Gender Institute.

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Project Objectives

  • To create opportunities for young women to develop new leadership and advocacy skils, in the specific context of grounded SRHR research
  • To stimulate Southern African-based action research which takes issues of sexuality, reproductive rights and gender for young women seriously
  • To develop partnerships between young women based in different SADC countries around the importance of reproductive and sexual rights
  • To contribute to the reduction of young women’s vulnerability to HIV-transmission and gender-based violence and to discourses of ‘feminine powerlessness’
  • To stimulate movement-building in national and regional contexts around reproductive and sexual health rights

For more information please contact the YWL Project Officer Dr Barbara Boswell (Barbara.boswell@uct.ac.za)