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wesley nyabaya

wesley nyabaya - 2017 Nominee
Position: Executive Director
Organization: Youth Aspire Development Trust
Current Location: Zimbabwe, Africa
BA Development Studies from GZU
Additional Degrees and Certifications:
Diploma in Community Development
Certificate in HIV Management
Diploma in Management of Information Systems
Adobe Youth Voices Certified Trainer
YPISA Champion (SAFAIDS)
He works with religious leaders advocating for safe spaces for young women to access youth friendly services and reproductive health services. He also works with young women in SRHR matters and an advocate against child marriages – Nominator
Describe your contributions to and achievements in family planning.

1 I was part of advocacy task force (ATF) and we organized a family planning meeting for young people and church leaders.. Prior to the meeting we organized a capacity building workshop with young people from the community and I found it very empowering to work with young people from different organization and developing a joint statement together. Following day I had one of the greatest – most unique opportunity to chair the meeting.We have managed to reach over 25 000 young people with key messages on family planning .

2- I have been part of the District AIDS Steering Committee for the last two years , I was lucky enough to work closely on development of programs in family planning programs and advocacy with other district partners .

What sparked your passion for family planning?

My motivation to get involved in family planning stemmed from the harsh realities faced by young people, many of whom have not been empowered to represent themselves. I believe that in a country as small yet as global as Zimbabwe it is of utmost importance that our young people be made aware of issues that affect their sexual and reproductive health as this has far reaching implications for other areas of life.

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

I work with religious leaders engaging them to put issues of family planning on the table to their congregants and churches. Through use of social media platforms I advocate for young people's Sexual Reproductive health and rights , such access to youth friendly services, access to good health and care and safe births. I also engage church leaders and community leaders by advocating for access to family care services such condoms as much the church tries to look at it as a taboo.

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? :

I will seek to carryout a project that seeks to build the capacity of young people in advocacy in order for them to be able to demand for their rights and advocate for increased commitment from policy makers to support adolescent and young people’s sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR) through policy and allocation of funding. I will seek to advance the voices of young people concerning their issues on access to SRHR and family planning service through increased use of social media

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