Project profile — Protecting Girls and Adolescents from Sexual Violence, Teenage Pregnancies and Early Unions

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Protecting Girls and Adolescents from Sexual Violence, Teenage Pregnancies and Early Unions - Overview
UNFPA - United Nations Population Fund (41119)
2018-03-20 - 2021-09-30
Country / region • El Salvador (88.24%)
• North and Central America, regional (11.76%)
Sector • Population Policies/Programmes And Reproductive Health
Population policy and administrative management (13010) (75.00%)
• Government And Civil Society, General
Ending violence against women and girls (15180) (25.00%)
Policy marker • Gender equality (significant objective)
• Children's issues (principal objective)
• Participatory development and good governance (significant objective)
• Reproductive, Maternal, Newborn and Child Health (RMNCH) (not targeted)
• Youth Issues (principal objective)
Description and results


This project aims to strengthen the protection and exercise of sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR) for women and adolescents in Honduras, El Salvador and Nicaragua and the sharing of experiences on SRHR in the region. Project activities implemented in the three countries include: (1) regional monitoring of advances of SRHR in line with the recommendations of international human rights mechanisms; (2) coordination and capacity building of national governments and other local actors on SRHR; (3) high level policy dialogue and exchange of best practices on SRHR among the three countries. Specific activities implemented in both El Salvador and in Nicaragua, include: (1) holistic sexual education and sexual and reproductive health attention in schools, in coordination with the respective ministries of education and health; (2) creation of early alert systems to prevent violence against children and adolescents; (3) capacity building to improve holistic attention for victims of sexual and gender based violence at community and family levels; and (4) cultural and sports activities to empower girls and change discriminatory attitudes and practices.

Expected results

The expected outcomes for this project include: (1) strengthened strategic alliances and national and regional platforms for the promotion and exercise of the sexual and reproductive health and rights of women and adolescents; (2) improved quality and coverage of multi-sector national policies and services for the prevention and reduction of early pregnancies; and (3) improved measures and mechanisms for prevention, protection, care and mitigation of sexual and gender based violence (SGBV).

Results achieved

Results achieved as of December 2018: At regional level: (1) strengthened sharing of good practices among countries in the region, specifically El Salvador, Nicaragua and Honduras, through organizing a workshop on essential services for women and girls subjected to violence, which has helped lay the foundations for the successful implementation of such services in these countries; and (2) UNFPA supported civil society representatives from the three countries to participate in the Third Regional Conference on Population and Development held in Lima, Peru in August 2018 to discuss advances and challenges for human development. In Nicaragua: (1) enhanced health services and comprehensive care for adolescents, which incorporate quality standards in the Family and Community Health Model; (2) enhanced capacities to apply the Early Warning System for the Prevention of Violence, by producing a manual in collaboration with the Ministry of Family; and (3) improvements in evidence-based, culturally relevant, comprehensive sexuality education programs were made in collaboration with the Ministry of Education and the Ministry of Family, including a digital communication strategy aimed at changing the knowledge and behavior of adolescents and youth with regards to sexual and reproductive health and rights.



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Planned Disbursement $0
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