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Brenda Effiom

Brenda Effiom - 2017 Nominee
Position: Youth Advocate/Facilitator
Organization: Girls Power Initiative
Current Location: Nigeria, Africa
B.SC from Cross River University of Technology (CRUTECH), Mass Communication
Additional Degrees and Certifications:
Diploma in Computer Studies
Diploma in Customer Relationship Management
Leadership Certification
YALI certificate on Responsible Leadership on Transparency and Good Governance'
Awards Received:
  • Award:
    Award of Excellence
    Awarding Organization:
    National Youth Service Corps
    Date Awarded:
    April 28, 2017
Brenda Effiom is an advocate and gender expert for 7years and a member of the Youth Participatory Platform (YPP) of UNFPA. She is a Girl's Power Initiative (GPI) trained on SRHR and currently, a youth facilitator with Girls Power Initiative on SRHR. – Margaret Bolaji, Program officer at Population and Reproductive Health Initiative
Describe your contributions to and achievements in family planning.

In the organization whee I work as a facilitator, I provide girls with information on contraception and contraceptives and make referrals to where youth friendly services can be accessed. Also as a member of UNFPA Youth Participatory Platform (YPP), I ensure that sexual and Reproductive Health Rights and needs of young people in my community are reflected in their programmes. My team members and I organises social interventions where we sensitize community members on the need for family planning.

What sparked your passion for family planning?

While growing up, I saw a lot of young girls facing the consequences of teenage pregnancy band early marriage because they did bit have adequate information on Sexual band Reproductive Health Rights. Each day, I saw these girls, my heart bled. So from that moment, I decided to join voices with others to ensure that young people have access to SRHR.

Give one or two examples of how you display leadership in your family planning work.:

I take part in the planning and implementation of interventions on family planning in communities. Suggests communities with high prevalence rates and ensure effectiveness of the interventions. Meet with beneficiaries for follow up.

If you are named a winner of 120 under 40, how will you use this new platform and the $1000 grant to advance your work? :

If I named a winner of 120 under 40_ I will use this new platform to increase the area of my sensitization, produce Youth friendly SBCC materials for distribution in Tertiary Institutions, community youth gatherings, organize and advocacy group on family planning in my community, get more volunteers to work in the rural areas, organise trainings and focus group discussions and work with other organizations who render family planning services to provide more services in my community.

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