My Rights, My Voice (MRMV) aimed to empower marginalized children and youth to know and claim their rights to health and education services. This innovative four-year programme ran in Afghanistan, Mali, Nepal, Niger, Pakistan and Vietnam. In the first three years, it also ran in Georgia and Tanzania. MRMV was funded by the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (Sida).
The belief behind the MRMV initiative is that children and youth have a right to free, good quality health and education services. They also have a right to voice their needs, to hold their governments to account, and to be listened to as members of society and rights-holders: as 'active citizens'.
MRMV worked with partners and directly with children and youth, their allies, and duty-bearers to strengthen and support young people's voices and ability to claim their rights.
Almost half the world's population are under the age of 25 and 85% of those live in developing countries. Despite this, young people, especially girls and young women, are rarely involved in making decisions that affect their lives and do not always have the relevant information about their choices or rights. The My Rights, My Voice programme aimed to address this.
MRMV's four key objectives:
• To increase children and youth's awareness of their rights to health and education services.
• To strengthen children and youth's and their allies' skills and capacity to claim these rights.
• To facilitate opportunities for children and youth to engage with duty bearers (e.g. health and education ministries, teaching and medical professionals, religious leaders) which lead to specific actions delivering better access to and quality of health and education services.
• To strengthen Oxfam and our partners' capacity to work on youth agency and support our global campaigning force to facilitate youth claiming and accessing better health and education.