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Obafaye Aderonke

Obafaye Aderonke
Position: EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR/SCIENTIST
Organization: POPULARISATION OF EMERGING SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY (PEST) INITIATIVE
The nominee has partner with other NGOs in Nigeria to create awareness on sexual reproductive health matters especially in the rural areas. We have set up series of Mentor-Mentee relationship for young girls to meet with successful and well informed women and to seat at the feet of these women to learn about their sexual reproductive health so as to make informed decision. Most of these girls are in high school. – Yemisi Jeff-Agboola, Dr. Mrs/Lecturer and Advocate for woment at Voice of Women in the Development of Agriculture/University of Medical Sciences, Ondo Nigeria
Describe your contributions to and achievements in family planning.

Through our NGO, we have initiated talks and programs mostly in the rural areas of northern Nigeria where the city has been battling with the insurgent known as Boko Haram where we saw over 200 girls kidnapped from a secondary school in Chibok, Borno State. Our message has been to girls and women who are affected by this injustice.We have continued to visit Internally displaced persons with the message of Reproductive Health and providing counsel to pregnant girls and women.We have been working with the Government and other NGO to screen women and girls of transmittable diseases and how to properly take care of their bodies.

What sparked your passion for family planning?

When I saw the rate women most especially in developing countries suffer from various social injustice like early marriages,sexual abuse,inaccessibility to education and the rate that this is affecting our not only the younger generation,but also the GDP of so many countries in Africa.Poverty rate is very high in Africa.So,if we empower women with the right information and tools like this one,they can talk a walk out of poverty by themselves.

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

RELIGION and FUNDS.
We have continued to Initiate talks with religious leaders on the need for them to teach their followers on the benefits of family planning.
More funds will enable us to reach more people.We continue to network with other game players in this field to access funds for our operational use.

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

TRADITION/CUSTOMS/RELIGION
Most people in my country believes that children are God's gift to us which in it self is correct,but like we keep telling,we also have the power of choice.I think that the solution to this problem is still Public enlightenment and Advocacy.
LAWS ON REPRODUCTIVE HEALTH.
More laws that focuses on the protection of the girl child should be passed to protect the future of the country.

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

We want to be identified in the next five years as one of the lead players in the issues of women and girls all over the Country. Our goal is to see that women and girls are empowered with the tools they need to make positive decision as it has to do with their reproductive health.Our focus will be that women will continue to bear only children they can comfortably take care of.

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