Y-PEER is non-governmental, non-profit making a and non-political network that exist for strengthening the skills, knowledge and information sharing among the young people and women with regard to; Reproductive Health Rights including HIV and AIDS, STIs, Family Planning, Ending all forms of gender based Violence including FGM and early marriage, Youth and women Leadership Development and Good Governance Engagement, Youth and Women Civic education and Citizenship Engagement, Women and Youth Entrepreneurship Skills Development, Women and Youth Livelihood and employ-ability skills Development, Conflict Prevention and Peace Building Promotion engagement for youth and women.
The network initially started with 24 Youth Peer ToTs from all regions of Somaliland. Currently, it has 15 master PEER education trainers of trainers who attended intern national trainings and more than 320 locally trained ToTs and peer educators. Somaliland Y-PEER is legally registered in the Ministry of National Planning and Development under Registration number: MNP&C/DP/37/1575/911/08.
The network is a member of more than 500 International Y-Peer Networks in the globe. Since its establishment, the networks carried out many activities including PEER educations trainings, life skills trainings, educational theatre events, leadership and entrepreneur trainings, IPC sessions, counselling, mentoring and coaching sessions, commemoration of International Days such World AIDS DAY, Youth Day, FGM zero tolerance week, White Ribbon campaign, International Volunteers Day, creation of youth advisory panel and behavior change communications Through the mass media included social media and small groups discussions.
Y-PEER envisions a Somaliland where young people and women are free from HIV/AIDS, STI, FGM and other forms of GBV, where youth and women are actively engaged, connected and equipped skills to be best leaders for their country to shape a more inclusive, peaceful and sustainable country.
Somaliland Y-PEER exists to enhance the skills, knowledge and information of women and young people to address issues related to their lives such as reproductive health rights, STIs, HIV/AIDS, gender based violence, liveleyhoods, participation in decision making through innovative peer to peer approaches.
Y-PEER facilitates leadership development among women and young people to enhance their participation in social movements for a better life in their country. Goals of Somaliland Y-PEER include:
- To improve access of young people and women to comprehensive, quality health care services
- To reduce new HIV infections among young people and women in Somaliland
- To eliminate FGM and forms of GBVs among women and young people in Somaliland
- To Influence policies related to health and gender issues that directly affects daily life of women and youth through peer to peer approaches and
- To promote that women and young people have the right to participate fully and be included in decision-making process of the country
- Respect diversity
- Gender sensitive
- Result Focused