ActionAid South Africa (AASA), part of international non-governmental organization working in 45 countries, has worked in collaboration with local organizations in five provinces since 2006 to advance a society free from poverty, inequality and injustice. AASA believes in creating a world that works for us all. This means ensuring rights become a reality for the poor and the marginalized, so they can create change for themselves.
As part of AASA’s mission to empower people with rights and resilience, we are working with 1000 young women in Cape Town and Johannesburg providing support and training through the Young Urban Women programme to change the choices young women in our country have to make every day.
These choices might be between buying sanitary products or taking a taxi to the clinic; walking home after work because the salary is too little to cover transport to the end of each month; or giving up school because someone in the family died and the money was needed to pay for the funeral.
Want to meet some inspiring Young Urban Women? Check out this short video.
Using the human rights at the heart of our Constitution, we have supported young women to understand their rights, for instance their right to access healthcare and contraception, education and protection from violence. The project builds confidence and awareness so that young women can address barriers to decent work, health services and opportunities for education or training simultaneously, by highlighting their rights, making their voices heard through campaigning, and supporting each other through solidarity.
This April, ActionAid South Africa’s Two Oceans team will #Run4Rights by raising money for the Young Urban Women Fund.
Help turn the tide for young women by supporting Team AASA runners!