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Amanda Banura Joan Julian

Amanda Banura Joan Julian - 2019 Nominee
Position: Executive Director
Organization: UYAFPAH
Current Location: Uganda, Africa
Bachelors of Science in Information Technology from Uganda Martyrs University
Additional Degrees and Certifications:
Diploma in Journalism and Mass communication
Awards Received:
  • Award:
    Youth Board Director
    Awarding Organization:
    Straight Talk Foundation
75 Public Votes Reached!
She is a young passionate, caring and loving young leader who has always forefronted the youth in everything she has done when it comes to family planning. She is an inspiration to many through her leadership skills and knowledge about family plannin – Nominator
Describe your contributions to and achievements in family planning.

Before I joined the advocacy family planning field, we had no knowledge about family planning for young people and family planning/contraception talks were in silos, never talked about publicly by young people. Sex was a taboo traditionally and culturally, never talked about. However, after joining the advocacy realm, I became a voice of not only young women and girls but also young men and women in Uganda. Issues of Adolescent health and contraceptives for young people have now become an issue on the Ministry of Health agenda, and national stakeholders' agenda. I have earned the young person's seat at the national leadership table of Ministry of Health as I represent youths in Uganda through my organization; Uganda Youth Alliance for Family Planning and Adolescent Health (UYAFPAH).

What sparked your passion for family planning?

My passion for Family Planning was sparked by partly my childhood experience when I narrowly escaped being impregnated by a close relative who defiled me at the age of 6: and my other spark came from my urge and determination to save Adolescent girls from falling victim due to lack of information, access and knowledge about their Sexual Reproductive Health Rights. I am a voice of the many young Adolescent girls and women in Uganda who go through lots of challenges and can't access information.

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

My way of displaying leadership in all my work is through promoting equality. I treat everyone I work and engage with the same way I treat myself. In other words, I always believe that we are learning at every stage and so I always assume that what I am lucky to know, should be given clearly to the other person like me but not at the same level as I am. Sharing responsibility is another way, because through that, we get to learn and teach more and easily with our colleagues.

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 use the platform to not only learn more best practices from this community, but will also use the expertise, and experience within the community/platform to improve the standards of operation for my team of young leaders in UYAFPAH, by inviting and organizing technical trainings in the aspects of Family Planning, Adolescent health and innovation. I will use the $1000 grant to improve and grow our family planning services to more young people across the country with innovative ideas.

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