SRHR AFRICA TRUST (SAT) brought together 26 young leaders from across the African continent to attend it’s inaugurate cutting-edge leadership training. The training is closely tied into our signature SAT Regional Youth Hub Programme. Under our #NextGeneration intervention program, SAT aims to support the development of gender transformative adolescent and youth leadership in sexual and reproductive health rights (SRHR). We also intend to contribute to advocacy for meaningful participation and inclusion of young people in SRHR leadership roles.
The Inaugural #YouthQuake Leadership Training aimed to equip and enable youth to begin a “Youth Quake”– officially adopted into the Oxford Dictionary in 2017, highlighting powerful social movements. Our inarugural training took place in Johannesburg, South Africa (SA) 12th – 16th March 2018. Some of the highlights include a heated up debate on “Feminism” and “Meninism” during the first day to exploring our own struggles in defining the personal which is political as a key element of self-reflective leadership. Some of the guest speakers included Bob Munyati from AIDS Accountability, also a SAT board member who facilitated a robust session on youth engagements in terms of key SRHR policy commitments.
Kokou Saname from the African Union Youth Division facilitated a panel discussion alongside the Plan International Representative (Eastern and Southern Africa) Lazarus Mwale and Hamida Mauto (SAT Zimbabwe), Dr Shakira Choonara (SAT Regional) and Thuli Madi (SAT Regional). The discussion was centred on what it takes to have a #YouthQuake, tools, and how best can we engage policy makers (tips), and what are the gaps in advocacy for meaningful youth engagement.
One of the highlights of the training was to witness youth innovation and creativity through the challenge to produce films in SRHd. This led to an award gala, SAT’s SRHR Oscar Awards which were officiated by Dr Ramneck Ahluwalia who is the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) – HEAIDS (Higher Education & Training HIV, Health, Wellness & Development Center) in SA.
The following awards were announced during the SRHR Oscar Evening;
- Brilliant Out of the Box & Visionary SRHR Oscar Award
- SRHR Innovation Oscar Award
- SRHR Celebrity Oscar Award
- SRHR Activism Award
SAT has invested and continues to support calls for meaningful youth engagement, the training provided the first stepping stone in the creation of bold SRHR leadership which is set to shift the SRHR landscape both in our region and on the continent.
By: Perrykent Nkole