Esele Ogbebor

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Esele Ogbebor - 2017 Nominee
Position: Student nurse, FP advocate/peer educator
Organization: Youth Spotlight Initiative, and Ujeolen community Health Centre
Current Location: Nigeria, Africa
BSc Nursing in view from Ambrose Alli University/Nursing
With a passion for maternal, gender, and adolescent reproductive health and rights; she advocates for rural provision and use of FP products and services. She also mentors community youth and raise men awareness on benefit of FP to wife/family. – Nominator
Describe your contributions to and achievements in family planning.

Gender inequality and discrimination against women especially those in rural areas creates power imbalance whereby some women do not use family planning methods due to the fact that their husband are not in agreement with family planning. Involving male could help address this social issue. As such, I educate my community on the importance of FP, provide services, as well as engage men by providing them information on the benefit of family planning not just to their wife but entire family. So far over 480 women and 310 men have benefited, and via Youth Spotlight Initiative, as peer educators I have provided age-appropriate, comprehensive sexuality education for over 1000 students in secondary schools.

What sparked your passion for family planning?

Across many communities in Nigeria, I have seen many family having children whom they can't support and the children becoming school dropout, and some of the girls experiencing teenage pregnancies. My nursing background opened my eyes to the unmet need for contraceptives and the reduced access to comprehensive sexuality education. Due to this reason, I developed passion for family planning and decide to educate and provide service to women and help reduce the burden in my community.

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

I apply a gender approach in my FP work. Apart from reaching out to my community women, I also reach male on benefit of family planning. More so, young people championing FP especially in rural communities is an emerging area in my country, as such I key on championing it in my rural community, as well as being part of a team (Youth Spotlight Initiative) addressing gender based violence on female genital mutilation. (Say No to FGM

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? :

Apart from it being a platform to be seen as role model to other youth in my community and across. I will use most of the money along with my team to implement peer education program targeting in and out –of- school youth. As youth are in transition to adulthood and when they are left out and not reached, there is tendency for them to perpetuate old social norms of their communities and parents. Having such timely information could have positive impact on them using/accepting spouse to use FP.

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