I am self-motivated SRHR Advocate for reproductive health rights of youth in Africa. I have created cultural and moral bridges by not only advocating at international platforms and national level but also at the local level in my and other villages in Kenya where family planning is not a topic widely discussed. With a strong conviction on importance of access to family planning services to teenage mothers and women, I single handedly founded the Hope in Action Network to mentor such vulnerable groups by providing guidance on family planning and other reproductive health challenges. Nelly represents what the new generation of family planning should stand for: leaving no one behind regardless of culture, age or social and economic status.
Growing up in a community that had many myths surrounding family planning, Women had no choice in determining the number of children they wanted, This got me thinking of how important it would be for these women to learn about their SRHR and how and where to access family planning services. As a community health nurse I started secretly meeting young women under a tree and talking openly about family planning and why it is important for our own health and that of our children
The major challenge is mobilizing resources and political will to support effective family planning programs especially SRH information and services for young people. By establishing partnerships with other organizations working on the same issues, we have been able to come up with safe spaces where young people can access SRH information and services and are assured of trust and confidentiality
Although the impact of inaccessibility to family planning services to women and girls living in marginalized areas is highly documented and acknowledged, very little effort has been put in place to overcome it. There is limited access to information on family planning services. There should be strong advocacy, sensitization and an increase in demand for supply of modern contraceptives to all. comprehensive sexuality education to be included in school carriculums.
Make the world a global village by creating a pool of SRHR advocates who can make a difference in their communities. Use every open platform to advocate for improved SRHR policies, sensitize communities, schools and religious bodies about FP2020 and ensure our policy makers understand the importance of including CSE in our school programs as this will greatly reduce teenage pregnancies and unsafe abortions.