AAYMCA has developed and participated in several annual offline and online campaigns to mark different annual national and international days. This includes, but is not limited to:
- The #IStandAgainstFGM campaign, marks the annual International Day for Zero Tolerance of FGM, February 6th and addresses the awareness-need about FGM in communities affected by the practice.
- The annual #AnInspirationalWoman online campaign celebrates the International Women Day, March 8th by recognizing men as key players to promote gender equity.
- AAYMCA participates in the #IAMWHOLE campaign every October focusing on reducing stigma that stop people affected by mental health difficulties seeking help or speaking out.
SexManenoz loosely translated meaning “Sex issues” is an initiative developed by AAYMCA and SRHR Exchange professionals. SexManenoz is fun, educational and interactive Sexual Reproductive Health and Rights sessions created for youth to scale-up and develop at their YMCA branches. The focus is to provide a safe space for youth to come together and discuss the issues they face in terms of their SRHR. The SexManenoz sessions have so far been introduced to different YMCA branches in Kenya, and the activities has been well- received by youth. Some of the key activities for SexManenoz are:
- Human Library: an activity where people are books and reading is a conversation. Books could either be academic or biographical, and provides a setting for youth to share their own stories and ask questions in a safe setting.
- Value Judgement Game: the game has been developed by introducing different stereotypical statements, to challenge and spark discussions on young people’s perception on sexuality and gender
What is SRHR? (Similar format used for “about, achievements and changes created”)
SRHR is an umbrella for various issues that affect men and women alike. It represents four separate areas: reproductive health, reproductive rights sexual health and sexual rights
+ Sexual Health: Sexual health is physical, mental, and social well-being in terms of sexuality. It requires a positive and respectful approach towards sexuality and sexual relations and requires the possibility to gain sexual experience without force, discrimination and violence, regardless of sexual orientation and background. Sexual health is not only about fertility and reproduction, but also addresses issues such as impotence (sexual dysfunction) and sexualized violence.
+ Reproductive Health: physical, mental, and social well-being in terms of reproduction, and not merely absence of disease. In practical terms, reproductive health is about:
- Safe pregnancy and birth
- Prevention and treatment of sexually transmitted diseases
- Family planning, contraceptives, including information and healthcare
- Other diseases or illnesses concerning the reproductive organs and sex life.
+ Sexual Rights: are the ability to decide on your own about sexuality. This means expressing your sexuality by making your own decisions about partners, privacy, and pleasure. Sexual rights comprise the human rights which already acknowledge in national laws, international human right documents and agreements. They all include people’s right to:
- Access to health services
- Access to sexual education
- Respect of body integrity
- to choose to be sexually active or not
- freely choose partner regardless of sexual orientation and background, without being subject to discrimination, force or violence
+ Reproductive Rights:
- The right to be informed about and access to safe, efficient and affordable methods for fertility regulation
- The right to healthcare which makes it possible for women to decide when and if they want children, and to safely go through a pregnancy and giving birth. This right also includes making sure women and couples have the best preconditions to have a healthy child.
- The right to decide over their own reproduction without experiencing discrimination, force or violence.