The majority of young people in Pakistan have limited or no knowledge of their reproductive health and rights, resulting in young people facing a myriad of SRHR-related issues.
These issues are compounded by the lack of access to adequate and appropriate services by the young people due to socio-cultural norms and values at community, societal, institutional and political levels. Young people also have limited representation at policy making forums and even less of a voice in policy making processes.
Our approach mainly focuses on reaching in and out of school young people and members of the transgender community through target interventions, and ultimately creating enabling environment and opportunities for the youth of Pakistan, to spend their lives in a dignified manner.
The Utho Bolo programme in Pakistan targets young people (10-24), especially young women, girls, boys, people with disabilities, out of school youth and young people in high-density urban settings, and the transgender population, by means of targeted and contextualized Meaningful Youth Participation (MYP) approaches that address their specific needs and realities.
These approaches include strengthening and building the capacity of youth networks; provision of Life Skills Based Education (in and out of schools) and effective peer education methods; and enabling policy and societal environment by removing social barriers through youth led campaigns and community awareness sessions.