SRIJAN (Sexual and Reproductive Health Initiative for
Joint Action Network) is one of the few networks in India to further the Sexual Reproductive Health and Rights of
young people. While the SRIJAN secretariat is located at MAMTA, State Facilitating Agencies (SFA) and Zonal Coordinators
coordinate the state level network and its activities. There were 135 partner organizations in SRIJAN that in turn reach out to
about 94 districts across seven states in India.
Networking is the carrying strategy in this project .It promotes active participation of NGO partners and the youth themselves in planning, implementing and disseminating information on issues concerning the
sexual and reproductive health and Rights for young people.
The network undertakes collective advocacy to build larger consciousness on YRSHR
and work towards evolving responsive policies and programmes. Some of the goals
that the network strives for are:
SRIJAN will continue advocating for three key actions to influence health and development of young people, namely:
- Providing visibility to young people and their concerns,
- Bringing Sexual Reproductive Health and Rights to forefront, and
- Sharing experiences and innovative ideas.
- Implementation of Adolescent Reproductive and Sexual Health (ARSH) Program under NRHM.
- Promotion of legal age of marriage and appointment of Child Marriage Prohibition Officer as stated in Child Marriage Prohibition Act, 2005; and Compulsory Registration of Marriage across the states.
- Implementation of National Adolescent Education Programme (AEP) in the states through school health system.