The Reproductive health Initiative for youth in the South Caucasus (RHIYC) 2006-2009 co-funded by the European Commission (EC) and the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) expands upon the successful multi component intervention since 2009. UNFPA continues the successful collaboration with the Government of Georgia, NGOs and other development partners towards advocating for increasing health, education and livelihood investments in young people and to address the most critical issues of sexual and reproductive health and rights, HIV prevention and gender equality in Georgia.
As Thoraya Ahmed Obaid, UNFPA Ex-Executive Director stated: “At UNFPA, we are promoting the participation and leadership of young people. We are promoting life-skills education and universal access to sexual and reproductive health services, and HIV prevention, treatment, care and support for young people. And we are working to empower young women, including adolescent girls, and to prevent gender-based violence.”
As Dr. Babatunde Osotimehin, UNFPA Executive Director stated: “We must provide all young people with the right skills and opportunities and promote their right to health, including sexual and reproductive health. The benefits of these investments go a long way in a person’s lifetime, and for generations to come. Investing in young people is the smartest investment that we can make for our collective future.”
The youth website foryouth.ge developed within The Reproductive health Initiative for youth in the South Caucasus (RHIYC) 2006-2009 has been updated and continues to be operational, foryouth.ge offers a range of information for youth about STIs, HIV/AIDS, S&R Health rights, partnerships and cooperations among youth organizations. Furthermore, governmental and nongovernmental organizations, experts and donors can find the valuable information on the 4uth.ge’s web pages.