Network of African National Human Rights Institutions

Regional Follow-Up Sensitization Workshop Around the Legal Frameworks on ASRHR In Africa, 25-26 July 2024, Lusaka Zambia

The SHARP project being implemented in Kenya, Tanzania, Zambia, Democratic Republic of Congo, Rwanda and Burundi is funded by the European Union. NANHRI and partners facilitate a systematic process of beneficiary identification, ensuring that every adolescent, regardless of gender, age, religion, sexual orientation, ethnicity or other dimension of diversity is treated equitably and given fair and free opportunity.

Multiple factors across several sectors will contribute to adolescents’ improved access to SRH services and commodities within the Great Lakes Region. Using complementary adolescent-focused and gender transformative strategies, our theory of change consists of four pathways of change which focus on (1) political commitment and financial investments, (2) ensuring that health facilities are held to account for the provision of SRH services and commodities that are accessible for adolescents, (3) improving synergies between various sectors via multi-sector engagement driven by adolescents, and (4) pushing for a public opinion that is supportive of ASRHR.

The project thus seeks to work with the NHRIs of the aforementioned countries to supplement its involvement in the review/implementation of ASRHR related policies. It is based on this background that NANHRI will link NHRIs with the Ministry of Health, Legislators, the East African Community Representative, CSOs, Religious Leaders and ASRH youth champions to advocate for the adoption, ratification and implementation of regional policies by the States that advance ASRHR and strengthen their capacity to file complaints on discriminatory practices towards adolescents and ethnic minorities to carry out public inquiries into discrimination within health facilities.