Launch of rise young women’s club gives young women a chance to Bond, build and learn from each other

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"One woman understands another”. As a young woman in South Africa today, who do you turn to for advice about contraception, HIV prevention or alcohol misuse?

Who can you lean on when there’s troubles at home, confide to about that career dream which can change your destiny – or who will simply help you figure out how to juggle your monthly expenses and offer emotional support during trying times?

The community of Bloemfontein sees the launch of the Manguang Metro District’s Rise Young Women’s Club at Batho Community Centre, 22002 Ford Hare Road, Batho Location on Saturday, 18th October from 10h00-14h00.

This will be the first of many clubs across the six identified high incidence provinces:

North West
Free State
Mpumalanga
Eastern Cape
Kwa-Zulu Natal and
Gauteng

The clubs will give young women a platform to support each other, learn together and help themselves build a safe and healthy future together.

The Rise Young Women’s Club is an initiative of the Soul City Institute for Health and Development Communication (SCI). The programme is a behaviour change
Communication Programme that aims to significantly reduce new HIV infections amongst young women between the ages of 15 and 24 years old by March 2016. SCI has succeeded in reaching over 79% of the South African population through a variety of pioneering media and campaign interventions on a wide range of health and developmental topics.

Aiming to instill in young women that they have the power to change their future, the Rise Young Women’s Club programme is an innovative approach to dealing with South Africa’s HIV epidemic, which sees 6.4 million people living with HIV – and of which, 23.3% are women.

The clubs will address the social and economic power imbalances between men and
women in the country that leaves young women particularly vulnerable, limiting their ability to negotiate safer sex and to be able to protect themselves from HIV.
Club members are made up of young women between the ages of 15 and 24 years old, who are either in or out of school, who live close to the club location and who are willing to attend meetings regularly and are keen to be involved in undertaking club activities.

Rise Young Women’s Clubs follows on from the institute’s successful Soul Buddyz Club programme which is now in its 10th year. Soul Buddy Club is a programme that promotes health and wellbeing amongst young people which to date has reached over 160 000 7 to 14 year olds throughout the country in primary schools.