Anita Graham

Anita Graham - 2019 Nominee
Position: Knowledge Management Officer
Organization: BraveHeart Initiative for Youth & Women
Current Location: Enugu, Nigeria
HND Mass Communication from The Polytechnic, Ibadan
Additional Degrees and Certifications:
PGD Social Work (in view) | University of Nigeria, Nsukka
Hormonal Methods of Contraception | Global Health e-Learning Center
Family Planning 101 | Global Health e-Learning Center
Youth Sexual and Reproductive Health | Global Health e-Learning Center
Sexuality Education 101 | BraveHeart Initiative for Youth & Women
Effective Communication for Healthy Outcomes | YALI Network
Awards Received:
  • Award:
    Female Journalist of the Year
    Awarding Organization:
    Press Council, The Polytechnic, Ibadan
  • Award:
    Editor of the Year
    Awarding Organization:
    Press Council, The Polytechnic, Ibadan
75 Public Votes Reached!
Through social media platforms, Anita has engaged young people on the uptake of modern contraceptives, influenced positive behaviours and empowered them to make informed choices about their sexual and reproductive health. – Nominator
Describe your contributions to and achievements in family planning.

As a social media enthusiast and youth SRHR advocate, I have engaged young people on SRHR issues, including the need for the uptake of family planning services via Facebook and Twitter platforms. Through these platforms, I have also provided accurate information about family planning methods and health centres where further family planning information and services can be accessed.

I have enlightened young people on the importance of healthy sexual behaviours and encouraged the use of condoms as a means of protection against early/unwanted pregnancies and STIs including HIV.

What sparked your passion for family planning?

My passion for family planning was sparked in 2017 when I started volunteering with BHI.

Learning about family planning also made me realise that I knew of young people and couples who already had a number of children within a short space of time because their family planning needs were not met.

I am an advocate for family planning because I believe everyone has a part to play in increasing the mCPR in Nigeria and that no action taken towards achieving this target is too little.

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 carry out advocacy to key stakeholders in my work community on the need to invest in the uptake of FP services and strengthen Community-based Family Planning.

I will also engage couples and unmarried young people in dialogues about family planning via community dialogues and social media campaigns.

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