I ensure that the reproductive health rights and development needs of young people in my community by building and strengthening social network among youth especially adolescent girls in Northern Nigerian through mentoring.
Also as the vice president of UNFPA Youth Advisory Group in Northern Nigeria, I ensure that SRH rights and needs of young people in my community are reflected in their programmes.
Through my nongovernmental organization, I organize series of meeting with parents, religious and community leaders to develop community intervention to support adolescents and women's reproductive health needs.
Through traditional and social media, I create awareness on child birth spacing.
I advocate for girl child education as there is a strong linkage between education and SRH.
My profound interest in working with marginalized adolescent girls have lead to work with adolescent girls in rural community for over four years. In these communities, I meet with girls who live out the nightmares and consequences of early marriages every day. Because SRHR are not supported and upheld, I see women and girls neglected, frustrated and lost their lives needlessly. This is unacceptable and the reason I have decided to join others to stop it. Family planning services save lives.
The biggest challenge I have faced in family planning efforts is resistance of family planning information and service in northern Nigeria by male parents, traditional and community leaders. To overcome this, I intensified community dialogue and engagement with men, traditional and religious leaders. I also advocate for men inclusion in family planning especially as champions.
Family planning is still an extremely sensitive issue in Northern Nigeria. In the rural northern parts of Nigeria, the median age at first birth is 15.2 years. The onset of menarche is often viewed as a sign of readiness for marriage and childbirth. These girls are married and become mothers and coupled with limited access to contraception leading to women and girls with high parity and short birth spacing.
These can be address through empowering girls with ASRH knowledge and accessibility.
In the next five years, I hope to see all women and girls access SRH information and services especially in Northern Nigeria. Its such a big dream but also attainable with a healthy policy that is implemented and monitored.
When women are empowered, we can achieve so much.