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A Call to Action – Make the SDGs matter most for adolescent girls in Africa

OVERVIEW

Informed by the SDGs and “Global Strategy For Women’s, Children’s and Adolescent’s Health”, this call is a result of deliberations at Central/Middle Africa Regional Caucus during the Women Deliver 4th Global Conference in Copenhagen ,Denmark , 16-19 May 2016

Cameroon Agenda for Sustainable Development (CASD) with the support of Women Deliver and Path brought together Government officials, Parliamentarians, CSO, and Young People, the media, UN agencies and multi-lateral institutions with stake in Central/Middle Africa.

THE CHALLENGE                              

Every year in Central and Middle Africa, millions of adolescent girls 15-19 years old;

-          Become pregnant

-          Die from pregnancy and childbirth related complications

-          Undergo unsafe abortion

-          Get HIV/STI infections

THERE IS NEED FOR GIRLS TO

-          Make the Right Sexual & Reproductive Health Choices

-          Stay in School & Complete Education

-          Not be married under 18 years & freely choose the number & timing of their children

-          Have Better Income and Raise Healthier Children

THE CALL

Ensure universal access to Sexual and Reproductive Health-care services, including for family planning, information and education, and the integration of reproductive health into national strategies and programmes. {SDG 3.7}

COMMUNITY LEVEL ACTION (Individuals, CSOs, Media, Private Sector, Young people)

Mobilize and engage everyone towards delivery comprehensive sexuality education, and track national/regional progress on sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR) commitments.

POLICY LEVEL ACTION GOVERNMENT

Institutionalize comprehensive sexuality education (CSE) in the educational system, and allocate/increase the budget to develop CSE for adolescent starting from early childhood development.

CASD Mobile Clinic – Free HIV test and Counseling for School girls

4.4% of adolescent girls (11-19years) in Cameroon are living with HIV and the age group remains the most vulnerable to new infections. To reduce the rate of infection among adolescent girls, CASD is making sure that through the HIV Free Generation Ice-Cream project in and out of school girls know their HIV status and are provided the education needed to stay negative or start treatment. The project is linked up to the Girls Choice Ice-Cream project using the mobile ice-cream van as a way to attract the girls.

Read more: CASD Mobile Clinic – Free HIV test and Counseling for School girls

PROJECT OF IMPACT AWARD

CASD Honoring the Efforts of Development Partners Within Central/Middle Africa Region through it Project of Impact Award

In preparation for the upcoming Women Deliver 4th Global Conference in Copenhagen Denmark, and following our mandate to organize and lead the Central/Middle Africa Regional Advocacy Caucus,  the Cameroon Agenda  for Sustainable  Development  (CASD)  is recognizing and honoring  the efforts of development partners within Central/Middle Africa  for their work in enhancing adolescents’ health and wellbeing.

Read more: PROJECT OF IMPACT AWARD

Investing in Adolescent Girls Health & Well-Being

CASD Leading the Central Africa Regional Advocacy Caucus at Women Deliver's 2016 Global Conference

As part of the official program for the 2016 Women Deliver conference in Copenhagen Denmark, CASD with support from Women Deliver and PATH will be hosting the Central Africa Regional Caucus on adolescent girls’ health and well-being.

Investing in girls and women health and well-beingThe Caucus will hold on the 19th of May 2016, from 10:30am – 12:00 at Bella Conference Centre, Copenhagen and will bring together diverse stakeholders from 10 Countries in our region (Cameroon, Congo, Angola, Democratic Republic of Congo, Gabon, Guinea, Chad, Central African Republic and São Tomé e Principe) to discuss major priorities and strategies for strengthening political and financial commitments to adolescent girls’ health and well-being.

Emphasis will be on SDG implementation and accountability efforts to ensure that the new global goals serve the needs of adolescent girls , building on global commitments such as the Global Strategy for Women’s, Children’s and Adolescent’s Health, ICPD+20 and Beyond, and Beijing+20 processes, and aligning with new platforms, such as Women Deliver’s new advocacy campaign.

Caucus participants will identify and commit to policy advocacy activities that will elevate and accelerate SDG implementation and accountability, creating a positive impact for adolescent girls, and will identify opportunities for collaboration and strategic mobilization upon return from the conference in focus countries and in the region.

Expected overall outcomes from the regional caucus

• Informed, multisectoral networks established or strengthened to achieve policy, advocacy, and accountability goals that further progress on the SDGs so they matter most for adolescent girls.

• New connections forged across constituencies/issue areas and commitments made by participants to better understand gaps and opportunities for synergy in advocacy to improve the health, rights, and well-being of adolescent girls.

• Increased opportunities for civil society, including young people, to participate and engage with government representatives and other decision-makers about the health, rights, and well-being of adolescent girls.

• Increased coordinated action at the country level that contributes to the implementation of priority SDG advocacy and accountability goals.

In preparation to the Caucus, CASD is mobilising  and engaging confirmed Caucus participants and the general public in pre-discussions on issues around Adolescent girls health and well-being through the Facebook Group - Women Deliver 2016 - Central Africa Regional Caucus.

Registered participants of the Women Deliver Conference from the target Countries in our Region are encouraged and invited to register to participate in the Central Africa Regional Caucus by sending a mail to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. indicating your interest.

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