The National Campaign for Young Women and Girls, is a coordinated campaign to intensify efforts and enable adolescent girls and young women to reach their potential and maximize their contribution in a democratic South Africa.
The Campaign is influenced by evidence which suggests that there is a disproportionate burden of HIV among 15-24 year old adolescent girls and young women. The primary target for the campaign is young women and girls aged 15 - years while the secondary target group is adolescent boys and young men aged 15 - 35. The campaign seeks to address particularly vulnerable groups such as orphans and children, unemployed youth, rural youth sex workers and the disabled youth.
The campaign will intensify efforts to coordinate and create collaboration across all sectors and programmes working with young people and scaling and fast tracking efforts to empower young people. The 3 year campaign(June to July 2019) will be phased implemented and in all districts in South Africa.
The objectives of the campaign are:
- Decrease new HIV infections in girls and young women.
- Decrease teenage pregnancies and number of deliveries in girls under 18 years of age.
- increase retention of girls and adolescent girls in school until matric.
- Decrease sexual and gender based violence adolescent girls and young women.
- Increase economic opportunities for young people and especially young women.
NB. The Department of Health launches the competition to name National campaign for adolescence girls and young women on 24 June 2016 and invites youth to participate.