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Alice Molinier

Alice Molinier - 2016 Nominee
Position: Manager health
Organization: The Children's Investment Fund Foundation
Alice co-led the design and delivery of the 'Adolescents 360' investment for the CIFF Board - a novel way of delivering contraception for girls. Alice transformed the way CIFF's leaders see adolescent FP, opening-up new funding opportunities. – Nominator
Describe your contributions to and achievements in family planning.

I work for a private Foundation based in London - every year CIFF supports large scale programs to improve the lives of vulnerable children. Over the last 4 years I have worked with my colleagues at CIFF to secure commitment from our leadership to engage on adolescent reproductive health.

Adolescent reproductive health has now become a top priority for the Foundation. Over the years, I have worked with outstanding partners to design and implement exciting programs that put adolescent girls at the center of the design process and tackle some of the most sensitive challenges: sex, contraception, abortion and what this means for a 15 year old.

What sparked your passion for family planning?

I missed a pill, and I found myself walking into an MSI clinic in London to have an abortion. I did not like doing that, but it was okay, because I was in a country with supportive policies and high quality services. This was a choice I was making on my own. On that day I thought about the millions of women who needed, like me, to make choices about their contraceptive life, but who were challenged at every single step of the way.

What is the biggest challenge you’ve faced in your family planning efforts, and what have you done to overcome it?

I worked on adolescent reproductive health, there is lot of talks, but too little action. It is a trendy subject but few dare to actually address this problem - this is despite having adolescents dying and ruining their future because of unplanned births and unsafe abortions.

Through our work we are trying to partner with a few countries who have made this a priority - progress is slow though and we need to do much more.

What is your (country/region/city)’s biggest challenge in family planning, and how can it be addressed?

I am from France - we have high CPR - but we still experience discrimination against women and girls when it comes to contraception. About two years ago, an organisation called Gyn&co created a new website that maps female friendly providers in France - they did it because this was needed, because too many women were experiencing stigma when accessing services. I cannot believe that such a website is needed in a country like mine.

What do you want to accomplish in the next 5 years?

Get a least one government in Sub-Saharan Africa standing to say they will halve teen pregnancy and eradicate unsafe abortion - and follow that through.

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