KYBKYR is currently running a nation-wide campaign on access to comprehensive sexuality education - Find out how to be part of the campaign!
The Know Your Body Know Your Rights (KYBKYR) programme works to empower adolescents and youth across NCR, Bihar and Uttar Pradesh by delivering stigma-free and rights-affirming information on issues of health, sexuality and human rights, and enables them to advocate for their well-being at the personal, community, state and national levels. It is based on the belief that adolescents and youth across urban, rural, socio-economic and cultural differences have a strong capacity to understand and engage with issues that directly impact them. But, formal educational or community environments often do not recognize this. Thus young people have limited access to comprehensive information on issues of health, gender and Human Rights, which especially disempowers young women and girls who are marginalised on account of their gender over and above differences in caste, class and age.
The KYBKYR programme design is directly informed by our outreach among marginalised adolescents and youth. Its implementation is youth-led with strong collaborations across grassroots non-governmental organisations, alongside focused engagement with local and national stakeholders from health and education sectors, including government officers, healthcare providers, counselors, frontline health workers, teachers, etc. 75% of our youth leaders, as well as our outreach, are young women, as the programme inherently promotes women empowerment.
KYBKYR demonstrates that youth-centered and led programming through a multi-sectoral collaboration model has immense potential to transform the lives of adolescents and youth, by empowering them to become agents of social change.
Since 2014, 200 adolescents and youth have provided comprehensive Sexuality Education to over 2500 adolescents and youth across the 3 states.
An external evaluation of the programme conducted in 2015 has revealed that the programme has achieved an increased level of leadership, self-confidence and negotiation skills amongst young women and girls. A majority of the participants recognise how the stigma attached to SRHR issues adversely impacts their bodily integrity and rights.
KYBKYR youth leaders have undertaken mystery-client social audits to assess the youth-friendliness of sexual and reproductive health service delivery in 36 public, private and non-governmental health centres across Lucknow and NCR. Key findings included lack of privacy, confidentiality, insensitive hospital staff and judgmental attitudes of practitioners. The data from these audits were used in multi-stakeholder district-level and state-level consultations to facilitate constructive dialogue between youth leaders and frontline health workers, doctors and government and non-government representatives on these issues.
Find out more!
- In 2016, 12 young researchers led an action research to assess the state of sexual and reproductive health services available to young people in Lucknow. Read about their findings and expreiences in our 'Seen, Not Heard' report.
- We also audited 19 government and non-government health centres in NCR, to assess the quality of SRH services and the challenges of accessing them. Read about it here.