PEPFAR-UNAIDS FAST TRACK INITIATIVE CAMPAIGN
The YWCA Kenya identified champions in the 4 counties of Nairobi, Mombasa, Kisumu and Siaya that included young people and religious leaders to take the lead in putting the fast track agenda forward through dialogues on the subject of sex and sexuality, stigma and discrimination in relation to HIV and AIDS, and Sexual-Gender-Based-Violence (SGBV).
- Engage and collaborate with UNAIDS, National AIDS Control Council (NACC), DREAMS and national youth networks working on HIV for a strengthened response to end HIV and related stigma and discrimination
- Foster intergenerational dialogues among traditional leaders, interfaith religious leaders, young women and girls
- Refer young women and girls to SRHR and HIV testing, counseling and treatment
Being a faith based organization the YWCA had the unique opportunity to reach out to diverse groups of people and age groups within the community through its branch networks and membership.
The YWCA safe space model which aims to provide spaces for dialogue, engagement, access to information and services, also provides the organization with the opportunity to put the model into practice by providing young people and faith communities with safe, nonjudgmental, trust oriented spaces to share their inner concerns and feelings.
These safe space forums are ideal spaces to break the labels of stigma and also develop support mechanisms that directly respond to their psychological needs. They also provide forums to discuss SRHR and HIV from a faith based perspective demystifying areas of controversy through the different dialogue forums.