In 2018, the Youth Coalition received approval from Global Affairs Canada (the government of Canada) to work on a project called ProJeunes in collaboration with CARE Canada. This project aims to promote sexual and reproductive rights of young people in Benin, including the reduction of child, early and forced marriage. The 3-year project will end in March 2021.
The organization has applied to two additional projects and is waiting for updates on the status of the applications. Please check regularly for updates on projects the Youth Coalition is working on.
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Project Name: ProJeunes (Preventing Child, Early, and Forced Marriage in Benin)
Funder: Government of Canada
Partners: CARE Canada
Location: Benin (Africa)
Main objective: ProJeunes aims to promote adolescent sexual and reproductive health (SRHR) and adolescent/youth rights in Benin, including the reduction of child, early and forced marriage (CEFM).
Background: Like many countries in sub-Saharan Africa, Benin has a young population, with 48% of the population under 15 years old. These young people, particularly adolescent girls, face significant challenges related to sexual and reproductive health. Thirty-seven percent of women are married before the age of 18 and 20% of 15-19-year-old girls have given birth at least once.
YCSRR’s Role: The YCSRR is one of the co-leads of the project. The organization works to empower benenise youths in relations to their sexual and reproductive health and rights in Benin through capacity strengthening, awareness building, and advocacy.
YCSRR’s Activities: Some of the YCSRR’s activities related to ProJeunes include an advocacy training on SRHR for youths in the capital of Benin, multiple awareness sessions, the subcontracting of local projects, the participation of benenise youths at the 25th International Conference on Population and Development (ICPD+25) in Nairobi and the creation of advocacy tools for local youths.
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