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 SDGs in September 2015. Our intention is to collect data, both primary and secondary, to monitor and review government action on the SDGs in our respective countries.
We owe the creation of this project to Restless Development, who supports us with training and technical advice, and provides us with the opportunity to be meaningful young leaders in accountability.
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
We intend for this website to educate others on our journey, and to build upon our work and collaborate with us in advocating for the importance of SDG implementation in the UK.