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Call for applicants - PEPETA Africa Regional Course on Movement Building and Leadership Development for SRHR Advocacy, Southern Africa
Katswe Sistahood

Application Deadline: 15 May 2013

Course dates: July 2013

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It is important to acknowledge commitments African heads of state and governments have made through regional and international agreements; on women’s health and human rights. The Convention on Elimination of all Forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW) (1979); Vienna Declaration on Human Rights (1993); International Conference on Population and Development (ICPD Plan of Action (1994); Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action (1995); All the African Regional Conferences on Women; The Millennium Declaration (2000); Protocol to the African Charter on the Rights of Women in Africa (2003); Solemn Declaration on Gender Equality in Africa (2004), Maputo Plan of Action (2006), and recently, CARMMA, amongst others, hold the promise of sav¬ing millions of lives; empowering women; addressing the scourge of illiteracy, hunger and malnutrition; and ensuring that Afri¬ca’s children, women and girls have access to high-quality education and good health to lead produc¬tive lives. However, agreements, declarations and laws are not self implementing. There is need for concerted efforts to ensure governments shift from paper to practice, in order to facilitate environments where women and girls can attain and enjoy unfettered access to their sexual and reproductive rights.

Katswe Sistahood has set out a mission to advocate for and promote a society where young women freely access their SRHR, and where sexual and reproductive healthcare services are available, accessible, and affordable.

From the stark realization that our silences have not protected us, Katswe launched a strategy to build leadership skills among young women to enable them to effectively promote a social environment where women and girls, regardless of race, class, sexual orientation, religion, and disabilities can participate fully in the social, economic and political spheres, just like their male counterparts. This entails creation of platforms for capacity building- i.e. the Pepeta Training Institute (PTI) which is a spring board for networking and movement building- to mobilize a critical mass of young African women who are able to organize and articulate their needs and aspirations in respect of rights to sexual and reproductive health education, services and protection, and to communicate these to policy-makers and service providers.

The intention is to create a strong network of strong SRHR activists in Southern Africa (through the PTI), who can advocate effectively for the review and implementation of SRHR policies in line with the SADC protocol on Gender, the Maputo Plan of Action on SRHR, the CEDAW; and other (sub) regional instruments

We are building the capacities of young women SRHR activists to analyse and influence policy formulation and review, advocate for full implementation of existing policies and continuously demand accountability from governments.

The PTI is supported through funding from the Ford Foundation office for Southern Africa.

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