My Age Zimbabwe Trust through the Capacity Strengthening for Safe Abortion Project being supported by Amplify Change held a capacity building workshop to strengthen the capacity of other youth led organizations in regards to Sexual Reproductive Health and Rights (SRHR) and the Zimbabwe health legal framework.

Represented at the workshop were 13 youth led organisations.

A safe and successful passage from adolescence into adulthood is the right of every child. This right can only be fulfilled if families and civil society organizations are capacitated on human rights approaches to SRHR so as to challenge the legal frameworks that are not favorable for young people to access SRHR information and services resulting in many health problems.

An example is the increasing number of unsafe abortions being conducted every year in Zimbabwe by many young people (estimate of 60 000 t0 80 000 according to a study conducted by Right Here Right Now Strategic Partnership). So the workshop also focused on how best the Zimbabwe abortion legal framework can help young people losing their lives and are having lifelong health problems because of these issues.

The workshop is one of many to follow as My Age Zimbabwe tries to strengthen the capacity of youth led organization in areas they lack including governance, systems as well as strategic planning so that together as one big voice, we can strategically tackle issues affecting young people in Zimbabwe and help improve their lives.