No #CSE without Menstrual Health Hygiene

Call to Action: for ESA countries to accelerate the implementation of laws and policies on menstrual hygiene to end “period poverty” The #YouthPower Driving #ESA network urgently calls on the responsible governments in Sub-Saharan Africa to prioritise menstrual hygiene for Adolescent girls and young women. The stark reality is that many school-going young girls miss …

DIANNA-ROSE’S STORY

Dianna-Rose Lucian Materu, is a 21 year old young leader and entrepreneur from Dodoma, Tanzania, living in Chang’ombe Ward. Dianna-Rose’s journey is a demonstration of resilience, determination, and the transformative power of youth empowerment. “Since I was little, I wanted to be a businesswoman and be financially independent. But I knew I could only do …

Jenifer’s Story

“Fear of speaking about sexuality to adolescents by parents jeopardises their future aspirations.” Jenifer is a 67-year-old retired primary teacher. She is one of the Social Analysis and Action (SAA) group members under the SHE SOARS project in Dadamo sub-county. She has five children and one adopted child, making her a mother of six. She raised …

PRISHTINA’S STORY

“Empowerment comes when we break free from gender stereotypes and support others as equals. Together, we can make a difference.” Prishtina is a 23-year-old Young Leader from Pulchowk, Lalitpur in Nepal. She has worked with Restless Development for over a year on our Youth Take the Lead project. a three-hub country exchange program funded by …

ELIZABETH’S STORY

Young girls like Elizabeth are breaking barriers through education and setting an example to inspire others. Limited access to education for girls in rural Sierra Leone poses a significant challenge. Discriminatory practices often rooted in cultural norms and economic disparities hinder girls from receiving the life-changing education they deserve. Elizabeth is a 12-year-old young girl …

TRADITIONAL LEADERS FIGHTING CHILD MARIAGES

Aliness’ Story Aliness, is a 14-year-old young girl living in Petauke, Zambia.  In her village, young people face many challenges such as child marriages, teenage pregancies and child labour. Many girls, including me, and everyone who was married off at a young age are back in school because of the commitment of our village headman …

ABPHIPSA’S STORY

‘’Life is all about learning, the lessons we get are never wasted. Every twist, turn, and learning happens for a reason which lifts us.’’ Abhipsa Pradhan is a 23-year public health graduate. She was inspired to join Restless Development Nepal’s Youth Take the Lead Programme after noticing that most young people in Nepal do not …

JOSEPH’S STORY

Agriculture is my way of life, and I believe it will not only secure my future but also empower my community to thrive. Joseph Joseph Nicodemus Dominick is a young leader and agriprenuer from Manyara, Tanzania. His story is a testament to the power of determination, education, and community support. Joseph has transformed his life …

Young people’s demand for accountability leads to construction of Maternity Wing.

Zambia, like many other Sub-Saharan African countries, is faced with a high burden of disease, especially maternal, child and adolescent health problems; communicable diseases (Malaria, HIV/AIDS, Sexually Transmitted Infections (STIs), Tuberculosis (TB), COVID-19, among others, and a growing burden of noncommunicable diseases. Even though there has been progress in selected health indicators, particularly for maternal …