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Amarachi Amaghiro

Amarachi Amaghiro - 2019 Nominee
Position: Advocacy Manager
Organization: Generation Initiative for Women and Youth Network(GIWYN)
Current Location: Lagos/Nigeria
Bachelor of Arts Degree from University of Nigeria, Nsukka
Additional Degrees and Certifications:
Master of International Law and Diplomacy- In-View
Awards Received:
  • Award:
    Certificate of participation in the online course, Raise your Visibility
    Awarding Organization:
    Women Thrive Alliance
    Date Awarded:
    May 6, 2017
  • Award:
    Certificate of participation in the online course, Raise your Fund
    Awarding Organization:
    Women Thrive Alliance
    Date Awarded:
    July 8, 2017
  • Award:
    Understanding the Right of Women and Girls
    Awarding Organization:
    The Young African Leaders Initiative
    Date Awarded:
    June 22, 2016
75 Public Votes Reached!
Amara was the driving force for the creation of the hotline that gives information to young people on modern contraceptives, She led a team that takes family planning products right to the door steps of young people, through outreach programs – Sybil Nmezi, Executive Director at Generation Initiative for Women and Youth Network(GIWYN)
Describe your contributions to and achievements in family planning.

In my innovative effort to reduce maternal mortality rate in Nigeria, I became the driving force in the establishment of Ms Rosy Reproductive health Hotline in 2014 that gives free and reliable information on contraceptives methods to women all over Nigeria and beyond. The hotline receives 3,570 calls per month and has reached 1,257,100 people since the establishment. I have created and led a team girls that takes FP products right to the door steps of young people, through outreach programs, this has resulted in the increase use of contraceptives in rural communities in Imo and Lagos states. As an advocacy manager, I was the team leader of the group that analyzed the NHIS Nigeria in 2008 highlighting health education, FP (counseling) to be emphasized on.

What sparked your passion for family planning?

Ebere my younger sister dropped out of school at the age of 15 , due to unwanted pregnancy. She was highly stigmatized by our parents, till date Ebere is an akara seller at the road side trying to put food on the table for her child. Many girls in my community have faced similar challenges like hers. For me this was unacceptable and motivated me to start my work on advocating for access to FP with a particular focus on the most marginalized grassroots girls and women.

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

As an advocacy manager, leading a group of 25 girls with 118 members advocating for FP in my community, I listen and communicate with each of them differently to ensure that their contributions are included in the FP programs and activities that helps in putting contraceptive in the hand of 1500 women in Imo state.
I delegate task evenly and motivate my team to claim ownership during a mapping out exercise conducted to identify the problem of FP in 17 LGAs in Owerri-Imo st.

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 develop a FP training Manuel for community training to enhance the knowledge and effective use of contraceptives of 500 women and girls aged 15-35 years. The training will equip women to know how to use contraceptive effectively.
I will develop a community FP referral network training of 30 community women from 2 communities in Lagos and Owerri. This will help to ensure that women who need services for FP will get correct information and options to make the right choice.

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