The Accountability Advocates project in the UK, or Team UK as we call ourselves, is in coalition with other youth advocates from Kenya, Tanzania, Malawi, Zambia, Ghana, and Uganda. The project is founded by Restless Development and was previously supported by Plan UK, Yes Ghana, African Monitor and the European Union Commission We are working on the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in the UK, showing how young people have the power to hold the UK government accountable for the promises made with the adoption of the Global Goals in September 2015. We believe that if young people have the right knowledge, skills and networks, meaningful opportunities to participate, and the ability to create new data and share this, they will be leaders in holding governments to account for achieving the SDGs. Our intention is to collect data, both primary and secondary, to monitor and review government action on the SDGs in our respective countries.
As Team UK, we have chosen to focus on SDG targets and indicators which address issues of sexual and reproductive health (with a focus on comprehensive education), FGM, and gender-based violence in the UK. Specifically these adhere to the following targets:
- Target 3.7: By 2030, ensure universal access to sexual and reproductive health-care services, including for family planning, information and education, and the integration of reproductive health into national strategies and programmes
- Target 5.2: Eliminate all forms of violence against all women and girls in the public and private spheres, including trafficking and sexual and other types of exploitation
- Target 5.3: Eliminate all harmful practices, such as child, early and forced marriage and female genital mutilation