Ngwedha Hilka Amadhila
I have worked on a documentary on abortion which focuses on educating young people on the use of family planning methods such as intrauterine device (IUD) this was done to reduce unsafe abortion.I have empowered young people through condom demonstration and distribution the I DECIDE campaign ,where we went out in the communities and educated young people on their bodies having to be part of supporting the rights of women and girls to decide,freely,and for themselves, whether, when, and how many children they want to have is the way forward to changing the perspective of women and girls in the way we were brought up. Being properly informed about sex and the risks around it and able to choose not to have sex or who to have sex with as well as having the confidence and the ability to say no.
This business of making babies with no long term thinking beyond the pleasure of the biological act that caused the sperm and egg to meet, needs tonumber of teenage pregnancy ,baby dumping and unsafe abortion that happens in my community sparked my passion for family planning as this damages a girl emotionally. Having to see so many young people that lack the necessary knowledge on what to do when they fall pregnant,not having accurate information on where to go and what contraceptives to use.
low use of modern methods of contraceptives ,most young people are aware of modern family planning methods but have the wrong information on what it does such as it stops you from giving birth. we need to have relevant sex education classes in secondary schools. We need to talk about free and anonymous birth control easily available at state hospitals and clinics. Stop the nonsensical pronouncements that birth control encourages people to have sex; they're having lots of sex already!
Comprehensive sexuality is a challenge as it is not a compulsory subject in schools so the only way to make sure that people are aware of their bodies we need to change the school curricular to make comprehensive sexuality education a compulsory and promotional subject that way we can reduce all this new infections as well as achieving the sustainable development goals.
In 5 years time i see myself as a leader that will transform my community from where it is now to where i want to see it in 5 years with the skills ,knowledge and energy that i have.I see myself as having gained a lot of knowledge in family planning to positively impact my community.I would like to help my community and country at large in the following areas through behavior change,decreasing teenage pregnancies and changing the mind set as well as changing the school curricular to make CSE.