Women Lobby for Youth Friendly Corner at Community Clinics.
One of the issues raised during the 2021 commemorations of 16 days of activism against gender-based violence was the importance of providing safe spaces for adolescent and young adults’ access to sexual and reproductive health services.
Women’s Action Group Zimbabwe has mandated itself to teach women from different communities including those from key population such as people with disabilities the importance of SRHR.
Sexual Reproductive Health Rights are a crucial part of young women’s lives whether they are sexually active or not.
During an online SADC workshop hosted by WAG in Harare with the objective to strengthen grassroots voices on SRHR issues, women in attendance raised the lack of confidentiality by health workers as a major block of why they are hesitant to go and access sexual reproductive information or services.
“Health workers need to be taught the importance of confidentiality when attending to women at clinics. This is why some young girls are dying in their homes due to fear of having their personal issues spread in communities, there is a need to have youth-friendly corners that will be mandated to attend and teach SRHR issues to girls but in these YFC confidentiality should be a priority” said Really Makaingamwa from Norton.
Data from the National Survey of Family Growth shows that “about 7% of persons aged 15-25 would not seek sexual or reproductive health care because of concerns that their parents might find out about it. For females aged 15-17 and 18-25, those who had confidentiality concerns were less likely to receive sexual and reproductive health services in the past year compared with those without these concerns”.
Edinah Masiyiwa who is the executive director at Women ‘s Action Group (WAG) applauded the online meeting for giving ordinary women from different parts of Africa a platform to share information on SRHR issues.
“I’m honoured to be part of this discussion which I believe will empower grassroots women in making decisions on sexual reproductive issues.” said Edinah