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Suzanne Majani

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Suzanne Majani - 2017 Nominee
Position: Policy Advisor
Organization: Ipas Africa Alliance
Current Location: Kenya
Bachelor of Laws, LLB from Moi University, School of law
Suzanne continuously advocates to policy makers on the needs of youth to be heard and catered for in policy making, planning, programming and budgeting for reproductive health care including contraceptives information and services. – Robert Aseda, Policy Officer at NAYA KENYA
Describe your contributions to and achievements in family planning.

The least negotiated yet highly stigmatized area of women and girls empowerment is sexual reproductive health rights (SRHR). In breaking down the social and institutional stigma of SRHR my work entails sensitizing and advocating to policy makers on the needs of youth to be heard and catered for in policy making, programming and budgeting for reproductive health care. I've done this by hosting advocacy meetings in 6 Counties in Kenya where the youth from the Counties dialogue with the policy makers at the County level on their reproductive health needs including contraceptives information and services. This has led to policy makers in several Counties recognizing the need for youth friendly services including provision of information and contraceptive services in County strategic documents.

What sparked your passion for family planning?

As a young lawyer starting my career when Kenya was going through a new Constitutional dispensation in 2010 I noticed that women & girls were disenfranchised in receiving information on their rights as enshrined in the Constitution due to the patriarchal structures in the Kenyan society. The high national teenage pregnancy rate in Kenya that currently stands at 18% sparked my interest to advocate to policy makers in order to breakdown the social and institutional barriers towards contraceptives.

Give one or two examples of how you display leadership in your family planning work.:

Working in 7 Counties across Kenya & supporting work in the African region I've sensitized & capacity built youth groups & individuals of 25 to 30 years to engage in policy forums they would not ordinarily engage in due to lack of funds to attend or no information on the spaces to engage & advocate for their rights. I've capacity built & worked with youth groups and individuals to attend African Union Summits, UN CSW & County forums on budgeting & policy development.

If you are named a winner of 120 under 40, how will you use this new platform and the $1000 grant to advance your work? :

If named a winner of the 120 under 40 I would utilize the funds to showcase the integration of youth individuals and networks in our work in the form of a photovoice project. Photo voice is an innovative mode of constantly bringing the voices of community members and youth who are not able to directly reach their policy makers due to logistical challenges or lack of information. The project would focus on the marginalized and hard to reach youth in the 7 project Counties I work in in Kenya.

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