Spotlight on Have You Seen My Rights?

21 Dec 15

As 2015 draws to a close, we draw attention to a Restless Development supported campaign that pushed global leaders to be more ambitious on sexual and reproductive health and rights: Have You Seen My Rights?.

This year world leaders came together to set targets on all the world’s biggest issues through the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). However, in one particular area it was strongly felt by young people that our leaders hadn’t gone far enough: on sexual and reproductive health and rights.

In response a global coalition of organisations came together under the name of a new campaign called Have You Seen My Rights? to put things right.

Understanding that countries would soon be working on the detail of their global commitments, the campaign targeted national governments and urged them to be more progressive and comprehensive in their implementation plans.

They did this through asking world leaders to make #5Pledges to young people’s sexual and reproductive health and rights, these were to:

  1. Be a global leader in youth and adolescent rights
  2. Commit to Comprehensive Sexuality Education
  3. Provide equal access to youth and adolescent friendly health-care services
  4. Support life saving drug-related harm reduction services
  5. Effectively fast-track the AIDS response to end the epidemic

In just ten months, the campaign formed an impressive youth coalition which enabled young people to be heard in Global Goal negotiations at the highest levels. Some of the highlights so far include:

  • Adoption of the #5Pledges call to action across the world, online and on the ground
  • 25 national events bringing youth and decision-makers together
  • Toolkit guide to what’s missing in the SDGs translated into five languages
  • 19 youth advocates from every continent, including 15 from the Global South, supported to join major global negotiations

With the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) formally taking effect from 1st January 2016, Have You Seen My Rights? campaigners already have their objective set: to push their leaders for better sexual and reproductive health and rights on a national level. Find out more about the campaign here.

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