Understanding Sexuality, Gender, Health, Rights and HIV

KYBKYR enables young people to access information and services on issues of sexuality, gender, health and reproductive rights by spreading awareness through peer education, advocacy campaigns and capacity building programs. In light of sexuality not being openly discussed, this is one of the few programs across India that encourages young people to understand their own bodies, identities and orientations, lobbying for Sexuality Education to be accessible.”

- Kamiya Kumar, 24 yrs, Staff Member & Ex Peer Educator

“There is something fundamentally incorrect, with health and policy systems, with governments that put the idea of shame, silence and taboo into a young child’s mind by virtue of the lack of education they give him or her on basic issues regarding their body, rights, sexuality and health.Young people need to be trusted. We do not lack the ability to comprehend information given to us and can be trusted to exercise informed decision making, on the premise that unbiased information is given to us.”

- Ishita Chaudhry, 26 years, Founder & CEO

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Know Your Body, Know Your Rights’ (KYBKYR) is a programme that addresses young people’s need for Comprehensive Sexuality Education (CSE) and their increasing lack of access to information regarding their health and rights. The programme trains young people as peer educators to address issues of Sexuality, Gender, Health, Rights and HIV/AIDS through peer to peer workshops and programmes in their own communities. Peer Educators  are trained over a period of 4-6 months and in addition to being trained develop independent research case studies, produce short films and literature and conduct awareness campaigns in communities that engage decision makers, civil society and young people, advocating for increasing young people’s access to comprehensive sexuality education as well as youth friendly health services.

  • The programme comprises of an NCR Peer Education Programme that trains over 500 young people annually from across the NCR on Gender, Sexuality, Health and Rights, as well as conducts peer to peer workshops in communities.
  • A National Capacity Building Training of Trainers (ToT) Programme, that trains 30 young trainers and peer educators a year, who are implementing CSE or Youth Friendly Health Services related work across 8 states in India.
  • The project has reached out to over 1,500 young people across 5 states in India through its workshops and has also expanded nationally, to host The Project 19 Annual Festival (with the Center for Human Progress) that has brought together over 600 marginalized rural and urban youth together in Delhi to lobby and articulate their collective rights to their sexual reproductive rights and health.
  • The Know Your Body, Know Your Rights – National Online Campaign for Comprehensive Sexuality Education, one of India’s first youth led campaigns launched in 2010 with support from UNESCO, the MacArthur Foundation and CREA. The campaign enables young people to articulate and address their need for and ability to access Comprehensive Sexuality Education in India. The aim of the campaign is to address the lack of young people’s response to and garner feedback from young people across India, on the latest draft of the Adolescence Education Programme (AEP)[1], released by NCERT, UNFPA and UNESCO in 2010.

Donors & Partners

Project 19: Know Your Body, Know Your Rights has been supported by NACO, UNDP, UNAIDS, UNICEF, The Ford Foundation, PFI, The Packard Foundation, TARSHI, Punj Lloyd and Moser Baer. In 2010 the MacArthur Foundation, IPPF and the International Women’s Health Coalition have supported programme activities.


[1] The Adolescent Education Programme was one of the key policy initiatives of NACP II. Ministry of HRD and NACO collaborated to develop this school-based programme that is implemented across 144,409 secondary and senior secondary schools with the objective of reaching out to about 33 million students within two years. AEP is implemented by the Department of Education in collaboration with the State AIDS Prevention and Control Societies.

 

To read more about the programme KYBKYR 2002-2012.

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