Dance4Life is part of two Alliances: Get Up Speak Out (GUSO) and Right Here Right Now (RHRN)
Get Up Speak Out
Get Up Speak Out programme (GUSO) is partnership with the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs as part of the SRHR fund. It is a consortium of organizations all working together towards improved Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights for young people, especially girls and young women. Dance4Life is a member alongside lead agency Rutgers, IPPF, Choice for Youth and Sexuality, Aidsfonds and Simavi.
The work is being carried out in 7 countries, with Dance4Life working in 6 of these: Kenya, Uganda, Ghana, Indonesia, Ethiopia and Pakistan.
This programme is based on the Multi-Component Approach: working simultaneously on ensuring sexuality education, youth-friendly services and building a supportive environment. The program builds on the experiences and results from the UFBR and ASK programmes, and works with national SRHR alliances.
These platforms are important resources where different national organizations can cooperate and learn from each other, ultimately enabling peers, parents and policy makers to work positively towards young people’s sexuality awareness.
The Dance4Life partners specifically take a strong lead in empowering young people. The GUSO programme ensures that this work is always connected as part of the wider program. For instance, a young person taking part in the Journey4Life who is in need of healthcare can be referred to a clinic that is trained in youth friendly practices by one of the other partners in the alliance. This connection is hugely important, as seeking sexual health services for young, unmarried people is considered taboo in most countries.
Right Here Right Now
Right Here, Right Now (RHRN) is another strategic partnership which started in 2016 between Rutgers, dance4life, ARROW, CHOICE for Youth and Sexuality, Hivos, IPPF AR, LACWHN and the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
RHRN is implemented in 10 countries in Africa, Asia and Latin America, and aims to improve access to comprehensive sexuality education and youth-friendly SRHR services through enhanced and concerted advocacy at (sub) national, regional and international level.
Dance4Life’s role in this partnership is to reach out and involve young people and the general public through innovative campaigns reflecting the realities of life on the ground for young people. We use our expertise in youth consultations, youth empowerment, and campaigning to support young people and the organisations that work for them and with them at all levels. From their lobbying activities at the UN, to in-country trainings.
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On Safe Abortion Day 2018, the RHRN platform member Nepal organized a successful flashmob. Check their video:
Dance4Life has co-created several hands-on toolkits on communications, campagining, social media and youth consultations, together with input from young leaders in the RHRN network. Have a look and download them here