From rural Tanzania to “surprisingly friendly” New York: Q&A with Loveness Sanga

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Loveness Sanga is the Program Coordinator for Restless Development Tanzania’s award winning Girls Let’s be Leaders program. She recently visited the Restless Development USA office to meet with partners to talk about her work, speak to some of our supporters in the USA and talk to the media to spread the word about Restless Development and our mission (read her interview in Ashton Kutcher’s A+ magazine). The newest member of the Restless Development USA team and Atlas Corps Fellow, Douglas Imaralu took the opportunity to ask her a few questions while she was in town.

Indian Youth Advocates Pave the Way for Womens’ Health and Rights

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Franklin Paul Anand is Restless Development India’s Monitoring and Evaluation Co-ordinator. For International Women’s Day last week, he penned a brilliant blog in collaboration with the CEO of ‘Women Deliver’, Katja Iversen, as part of the Women Deliver Global Leaders Programme. Here’s a snippet of what they had to say:

Accountability in Action – who, why and how

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Raf Galdeano is one of the UK #BigIdea Accountability Advocates. In this blog, she manages to introduce our wonderful worldwide Accountability Advocates team, break down the jargon of the Sustainable Development Goals and explain how Team UK will be focusing on the #GlobalGoals. All in a day’s work!

“If the world today is a reality of yesterday’s Imagination,there is nothing more I can do now but to imagine an inclusive, accountable and transparent Government in my country.” Kakaire Wilber, Accountability Advocate, Uganda.

I belong to a dynamic group of 20 young people from the UK, Zambia, Kenya, Ghana, Tanzania, Uganda and Malawi. And who am I? I’m a 19 year old vegetarian recycling guru from a tiny village in the back-end of Wiltshire with a passion for politics and cacti. I am a member of Restless Development’s crack team of Accountability Advocates with the purpose of holding our respective governments to account for achieving the Sustainable Development Goals which matter most to young people in their country.

The Global Goals and sexual and reproductive health and rights – missing targets?

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John Worley, the Fund Director at our friends AmplifyChange, has penned an excellent blog about what’s missing in the Global Goals for Sexual and Reproductive Health & Rights. It really resonates with us as we push on with our Have You Seen My Rights? campaign that is all about getting young people to address this very issue. Here’s a snippet of what he had to say:

The Global Goals targets do not explicitly endorse sexual and reproductive health and rights, and they shy away from sexual rights.  Let’s hope they don’t leave governments at liberty to criminalise, stigmatise and discriminate people on the basis of their sexual orientation instead of calling for the removal of laws that, for example, criminalise LGBTI individuals as one of its targets.  We would have liked to see a target to challenge and end criminalisation of LGBTI individuals.

You can read his full critique here. 

Poverty, Gender Violence and Lack of Access to Sexuality Education fueling child marriages and teenage pregnancies in Kampala Slums

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Patrick Mwesigye is a member of the Have You Seen My Rights Coalition – a partnership between organisations worldwide to promote Comprehensive Sexuality Education. In this post, Patrick looks at how a lack of this education is amongst the factors leading to some of Uganda’s most challenging issues.

On Thursday 18th June 2015, over 150 young women and men of ages 15 to 26 who are victims of child marriages, teenage pregnancies, sexual exploitation and domestic violence, all from the slum areas of the Kawempe Division namely; Bwaise, Kalelwe, Mulago, Wandegeya and Kyebando in Kamapa- Uganda’s Capital, gathered at the Lord Harvest Cathedral in Bwaise Slum, at community dialogue to celebrate the Day of the African Child.

The community dialogue organized by Uganda Youth and Adolescents Health Forum (UYAHF) in partnership with UNFPA Uganda, Kampala Capital City Authority and Girls Not Brides, was organized under the theme; “Putting Communities at the Frontline to Ending Child Marriages and Sexual Exploitation among Young Women.

Diana wins Queen’s Young Leaders Award

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We’re excited to share with you that former Restless Development ICS Team Leader and Field Intern, Diana Nakaweesa,  has won an award from the Queen’s Young Leaders Award and is collecting it from Her Majesty the Queen of the United Kingdom today!

The Queen’s Young Leaders Programme discovers, celebrates and supports exceptional young people from across the Commonwealth. Diana is one of just two Ugandans receiving the award.

Diana was a volunteer team leader on the ICS programme between January – June 2014 in Busede placement Jinja District. She also went on to become a Field Intern with the ICS programme between July – September 2014.

Since the age of 17, Diana has strived to help vulnerable women and children in her community. Three years ago she launched Young Mothers’ Support Group, which mentors women aged 14 to 30. She has gained funding for projects to train women and children in skills ranging from knitting to shoe making.

She attributes all her success to God and is thankful to Restless Development, particularly the Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights unit in Uganda.

The women from our Sierra Leone office leading the way

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Restless Development Sierra Leone empowers women who in turn contribute to women’s empowerment in their country. You may have heard about the country because of Ebola, but it is about much more than that. Restless Development were there before the crisis,  for over a decade, and will be there after too – enabling its young people to rebuild the country for themselves. Read more about the women that are on our team leading the way below.

Mwajuma’s dream of becoming a secretary

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Mwajuma Twaribu, is an 18 year-old from Tanzania who has benefited from Restless Development’s Sexual Reproductive Health and Rights programmes, including Mabinti Tushike Hatamu (Girls Let’s Be Leaders!), which are supported by International Citizen Service volunteers from the UK and in-country. Read her story below.