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Mforain Mouassie Soilihou

Mforain Mouassie Soilihou - 2016 Nominee
Position: Founder/Former Coordinator
Organization: Horizon Jeune
According to his past, he found a youth-led organization in our country working to help young people to fight against HIV transmission, youth participation, and fighting for violence against women. – Nominator
Describe your contributions to and achievements in family planning.

For me, FP is beyond contraceptive. Looking my target, adolescents and youth, I decided to focus my action on ASRH and fighting violence on women. My conviction was, empowering adolescents, especially young girls enable them to take informed decision on their sexuality, by deciding to have sex or not, to use condom or not, where to find it... That’s why, based on my previous experience as peer educator, I founded a youth organization in 2006 focused on peer education, counseling, capacity building of Young activist in my community. At the national level, I actively participate to the elaboration of many Policy document on SRH/HIV, advocating strongly adolescent'sparticipation. Others actions at the international level (www.10daysofactivism.com/2012/09/mforian-mouassie-soilihou-salif.html

What sparked your passion for family planning?

Beyond family planning, my passion at all, for adolescent’s sexual and reproductive health was based on an observation: a lack of open informations on sexuality for youth and adolescents, with all imaginable consequences such as unwanted pregnancy, at risk abortion, school abandon for young girls… We thought that as young peoples with a leadership potential, we have a modest role to play.

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

As the sexual issue was still a big taboo around me, a great challenge was to have a team of young leaders , able to speak easily about sexuality. We were able to identify through community activities a pool youth committed we have trained. Today, many of them inspire positive change in their communities

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

From my personal point of view, the FP still faces many resistence because of ideological misunderstandings . The essential solution in my opinion remains the education and empowerment of girls/women to enable each person to decide whether to have children or not and if he/she is able to assume full responsibility accordingly to parental role

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

As for now, I work for an UN agency (UNFPA), I hope to accompaign the vision of my Organisation while helping my Country to better understand the importance to include family planning in the national develpment Policy. I remain convinced (as individual) that those who need right information or contraceptives have the right to have access, as many women who have children in Cameroon did not always want or wanted to delay according to national data.

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