Over the last couple of years I have been raising public awareness on issues of family planning and reproductive health and rights through communications strategizing and engagement. I have written numerous articles on breaking advances and setbacks in women's health and rights, promoted campaigns, supported events, and engaged the public in family planning issues through social media. I am especially proud of the exposure my original articles and graphic designs have gotten in the non-profit community and beyond.
I was always interested in human rights issues and curbing extreme poverty in the developing world, however it wasn't until I began college, studying public health at NYU, that I realized what a large impact family planning and reproductive rights have on these larger systemic issues. Through my studies and my work with the Global Poverty Project and The Hunger Project, I have found women to be at the center of global development. I believe addressing women's rights is the key to progress.
The largest barriers to family planning efforts are social, not physical. You can bring contraception anywhere but if the people do not understand how and why they should be utilizing family planning then the contraceptives themselves are useless. I have been working to combat these social and societal barriers through education. I have worked on the ground in Ghana with an organization that educates adolescent girls and written articles for various sources on the need for family planning.
Over the next five years I hope to travel around the world to gain a better understanding of the barriers to family planning women in different countries face. I would like to continue to raise awareness and document my findings during this time, before eventually settling in a position where I can advise and plan useful family planning strategies through government and non-profit organizations.