The Civil Society Platform on the ESA Commitment
Who We Are?
We are a network of various Eastern and Southern African based civil society organisations who are actively involved in the promotion of a successful implementation process of the ESA Commitment on supporting sexuality education and sexual and reproductive health services for adolescents and young people. We set up this network in 2015. AIDS Accountability International (AAI) was previously a co-ordination partner for the network until 2017, but since early 2017 has played a member role.
What is Our Long-term Objective?
Improve access to quality sexual reproductive and human rights for all citizens of Eastern and Southern Africa especially focusing on adolescents and young people.
What is Our Mid-term Objective?
Create an informed, dynamic and influential Pan African civil society movement that seeks to promote the successful implementation of the ESA Commitment on supporting sexuality education and sexual and reproductive health services for adolescents and young people.
What is Our Short-term Objective?
Conduct research that creates greater transparency around the implementation process of the ESA Commitment in order to use these research findings to address the emerging gaps in terms of meeting the set targets.
Create spaces and opportunities in order to raise the profile of the issues related to the promotion of the set targets of the ESA Commitment and its successful implementation process.
Hold leaders accountable for action required for the promotion of the set targets of the ESA Commitment and its successful implementation process.
A Call to Partnership
As a network we are keen to explore opportunities for collaborative work with all other relevant stakeholders in order to promote the successful implementation of the ESA Commitment.
UNESCO and UNAIDS in collaboration with UN and development partners, RECs and CSOs, religious and youth leaders led an initiative aimed at securing commitment from Education and Health ministers from 20 Eastern and Southern African countries to accelerate access to comprehensive sexuality education and health services for young people in the region. The initiative is a strategic tool that brings together Ministries of Education and Health to strengthen HIV prevention efforts and foster positive health outcomes by advocating for access to quality, comprehensive sexuality education as well as sexual and reproductive health services for young people in the ESA region.
The historic ESA commitment was endorsed at the 2013 ICASA Conference and has time-bound actions and targets that were agreed upon by member states. The ESA Ministerial Commitment is expected to pave the way for actions which scale up delivery of sexuality education and related health services, support joint action around developing programmes, sharing information, strengthening linkages and referrals between schools and health services and an overall approach which facilitates access and equity and strengthens national responses to HIV and SRH.
AIDS Accountability International provided Guidelines for the United Nations on What Makes for a Better Commitment? for their Technical Working Group. Click here to read the Guidelines for the United Nations on What Makes for a Better Commitment?.
AIDS Accountability International has played a leadership role in determining civil society's role in holding leader's acountable to this new commitment, and determining how this should occur. Click to read about our event at ICASA.
Click here to see the project website.
At the International AIDS Conference in Durban in July 2016, a new report was launched, presenting the progress made after two years of implementation (2013-2015), and proves that with targeted interventions, sound strategies, adequate resources, and political will, the ESA Commitment targets are attainable. The data presented was obtained and validated through a multi-sectoral country reporting process as stipulated by the respective coordination mechanisms of the ESA Commitment.
Read the full report: Fulfilling our promise to young people today (2013-2015) Progress Review
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