Zambia

Young Zambian Feminist at Young Women's Leadership CampFor women, especially young women in Zambia, choices about sex and sexuality lie at the heart of women’s struggle for equality. In a context where religious conservatism, traditionalism and religious fundamentalism push sexual and reproductive health rights to the margins, JASS creates “safe spaces” for young women to grapple with the issues closest to them: the ability to make informed decisions about sex, sexuality, health and lives, gain information on HIV/AIDS counselling and testing, and the negotiation of safe sex.

It has become a very contentious issue whether young people can access sexual and reproductive health rights or whether there should be a limit to how much they can access.… Zambia is a Christian nation so it is not easy to come out and say ‘let's legalise abortion'. Young people out there are dying and it is a reality but then we decide to hide and say this is something that we are not going to legalise because of 'social norms and moral standards. ~ Tsekai Makwelele Chityaba, Young Women in Action

Through the lens of power, JASS supports young women to build political, analytical and decisionmaking skills to counter-conservative agendas and the erosion of sexual and reproductive health rights. JASS’ sustained activist training and accompaniment of young women activists birthed Generation Alive, a formation dedicated to building young women’s leadership and political participation as well as mobilising within safe spaces for collective power.

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