Stand Up for Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights

Reporting Organization:Oxfam Canada
Total Budget ($CAD):$ 20,620,320
Timeframe: October 12, 2021 - April 30, 2028
Status: Implementation
Contact Information: René Guerra Salazar
[email protected]

Partner & Funder Profiles

Reporting Organization

Oxfam Canada

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Country - Total Budget Allocation

Mozambique - $ 10,310,160.00 (50.00%)

Uganda - $ 10,310,160.00 (50.00%)

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Areas of Focus

Other - Total Budget Allocation

Law, Governance & Public Policy (37.00 %)

Economic Development & Empowerment (5.00 %)

Health - Total Budget Allocation

Reproductive Health & Rights incl. Maternal Health (44.00 %)

Health Systems, Training & Infrastructure (12.00 %)

Sexual Health & Rights (2.00 %)

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More than 370,000 marginalized and vulnerable young women and adolescent girls in Mozambique and Uganda will be supported to realize their sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR) through the Stand Up for SRHR project. The project will be implemented by an innovative partnership between Oxfam Canada, Oxfam in Mozambique, Oxfam in Uganda, International Planned Parenthood Federation, Guttmacher Institute, Action Canada for Sexual Health and Rights, and eight local organizations in Mozambique and Uganda.

Over its six-year duration, Stand Up for SRHR will work to ensure sexual and reproductive health services and information in project communities are of higher quality and more inclusive and accountable, supporting young women and adolescent girls to build their awareness of SRHR and services available to them. The project will help women, girls, men and boys model more positive attitudes towards SRHR and women’s rights. Local women’s rights organizations and youth led organizations will have the opportunity to strengthen their capacity to advocate for evidence-based, accountable, and equitable SRHR policies, legal frameworks and services.

Adolescent girls and young women in Mozambique and Uganda face persistent challenges, inequitable gender and social norms, as well as traditional practices and taboos regarding sexuality that negatively impact their health and status. These lead to low use of contraceptives, high unmet needs for family planning, and high rates of teen pregnancy in both countries. Maternal mortality is prevalent, and unsafe abortion is a leading cause of hospitalization and maternal death in project communities.

Stand Up for SRHR will place particular emphasis on working with vulnerable rights holders, particularly adolescent girls and young women aged 15-29, and those with intersecting vulnerabilities due to their sexual or gender orientation. The project will raise awareness on key challenges faced by project participants, including sexual and gender-based violence and child and early forced marriage. It will build local health system capacity to provide quality services related to family planning, abortion, sexual health testing, prenatal care, and sexual and gender-based violence support. While the project will support local and grassroots activist organizations in Mozambique and Uganda, it will also work to engage Canadians on SRHR by providing support to youth-led sexual health and rights community mobilization and educational campaigns.

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Target Population

Gender and age: Adult women Adult men Adolescent females Adolescent males
Descriptors: Urban Rural Refugees Internally displaced people (IDP) LGBTQ2I Communities
Total Direct Population: 373,612
Total Indirect Population: 1,588,027
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Material development
Technical support
Technical support
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Results & Indicators

Expected Results

Increased knowledge of SRHR and available services among diverse groups of AGYW.

Improved positive attitudes by diverse groups of women, girls, men, boys and influencers in support of SRHR, women’s rights and sexual and gender-based violence (SGBV) prevention.

Increased ability of key stakeholders to promote usage of comprehensive rights-based SRH information and services.

Improved ability of SRH service providers to deliver quality rights-based services that meet diverse groups of AGYW needs related to SRHR in a non-discriminatory, youth-friendly inclusive and environmentally sustainable manner.

Increased ability of WROs/civil society organizations (CSOs) to advocate with the government at local, regional and national levels for evidence-based, accountable and equitable SRHR policies, legal frameworks and services, particularly for AGYW.

Increased equitable use of sexual and reproductive health (SRH) services by diverse groups of AGYW.

Improved provision of quality, gender-responsive, inclusive and accountable SRH services and information by health care providers for diverse groups of AGYW.

Improved effectiveness of key stakeholders, particularly women rights organizations (WROs), to advocate for evidence-based, accountable and equitable SRHR policies, legal frameworks and services.

Achieved Results


  • None Selected
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Associated Projects (If applicable)

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