Blessing Digha

Blessing Digha - 2016 Nominee
Position: SRHR Advocate/Community Mobilisations and Advocacy Officer
Organization: Girl Child Development and Support Initiative
After her experience with Teenage Pregnancy, she advocates on SRHR, Unsafe Abortion and Family Planning. This is a difficult terrain because Nigeria is a judgmental terrain and her parents are clergy. – Nominator
After her experience with Teenage Pregnancy, she advocates on SRHR, Unsafe Abortion, Family Planning, Sexuality Education and Gender Equality. – Nominator
Describe your contributions to and achievements in family planning.

My contributions and achievements in family planning are advocacy and service provision. I employ the use of online and offline platforms to carry out advocacy on family planning while encouraging people to use any of the available options and as an individual and through the organisation we provide family planning services (mostly counselling and referrals) and products (especially condoms and others based on their availability ). I also collaborate with individuals and organisations that work on family planning to ensure effective implementation of of family planning policy, sensitization and service delivery.

What sparked your passion for family planning?

I got pregnant as a teenager and I know that if I had family planning knowledge to back the abstinence education I was given, I would have been able to take care of myself. Now working as an SRHR advocate and in an organisation, I see many girls who find themselves in the position I found myself years back. Also my project as a women deliver young leader has opened my eyes to the importance of family planning in curbing unsafe abortion.

What is the biggest challenge you’ve faced in your family planning efforts, and what have you done to overcome it?

The biggest challenge I have faced in my family planning efforts is being born to clergy parents. People see it as a sacrilege that I proffer options asides abstinence based sexuality education.
Daily, I use myself as an example when carrying out advocacy on family planning to highlight the reality on ground of what youths indulge in and why it's necessary to protect themselves.
Also on the organizational level, we need more family planning products to give out.

What is your (country/region/city)’s biggest challenge in family planning, and how can it be addressed?

I reside in Akure, Nigeria and the biggest challenge in family planning here is absence of youth friendly centers and availability of these services outside the government owned facilities.
Upgrade of centers to be able to provide these services and availability of these products/services.

What do you want to accomplish in the next 5 years?

In the next five years, I want to pass on SRHR knowledge, learn more and also work with policy makers on effective family planning policies and abolition of restrictive laws on abortion in Nigeria

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