More than 50% of young people in South Africa are girls and young women aged 15-35. Women are the poorest in the country, the least educated and the most unemployed. 34,5% of young women are neither employed nor at school. HIV prevalence in adolescent girls aged 15-19 years is up to eight times higher than in males. Young women and girls also encounter high levels of violence against women, including rape, domestic violence and sexual assault.
The project’s focus is on empowering young women and girls (15-25) with knowledge and skills on governance, democracy, gender equality and advocacy skills so that they can use the law to fight inequality and discrimination. This will be cascaded down in a train-the-trainer model, which will increase the impact of the intervention. The project will train 40 young women in Mpumalanga, Free State and the North West Provinces. This will create a multiplier effect through them building the capacity of their peers. It will also give the young women and girls the opportunity to meet and build a Coalition.
This will strengthen women’s participation in civil society and in political and public life. This work will build a RISE Young Woman & Girls' (YW&G) Advocacy Coalition that will elevate the existing RISE Clubs to become a vehicle that channels the collective voice of YW&G in South Africa for Social Justice
This Coalition will be a legitimate grassroots voice with the capacity to participate fully in democratic processes in the country to advance the human rights of young people with focus on young women and girls.
Total Cost (EUR): 599 935
EU contracted amount (EUR): 539935
Duration: February 2017 - January 2019
Implementing organisation: SOUL CITY
Funding Instrument: DCI - Non State Actors and Local Authorities in development
Benefitting zone: South Africa