Faqueeda Watson-Jones

Faqueeda Watson-Jones - 2019 Nominee
Position: Medical Doctor
Organization: SRHR Adventures/Women Across Differences/Women Deliver Young Leader/Rotaract Club of Georgetown/Rotary Club of Demerara/DESKAN Institute and Training Inc.
Current Location: Guyana, South America
Bachelors in Medicine Bachelors in Surgery (MBBS) from University of Guyana School of Medicine
Additional Degrees and Certifications:
Certificate for Women Deliver Young Leaders Program Digital University
Awards Received:
  • Award:
    Outstanding leadership
    Awarding Organization:
    SRHR Adventures
    Date Awarded:
    January 26, 2019
  • Award:
    Award of appreciation as the professional development director from 2017-2018
    Awarding Organization:
    Rotaract Club of Georgetown
    Date Awarded:
    July 4, 2018
  • Award:
    National Youth Award for exceptional work in volunteerism
    Awarding Organization:
    Ministry of Social Cohesion, Department of Youth
    Date Awarded:
    November 10, 2017
75 Public Votes Reached!
As a sexual reproductive health and rights advocate, Dr. Watson has accomplished the following: 1. Organized and executed a Think Family Planning Campaign in collaboration with World Contraception Day Ambassadors Project and Dr. Kizanne James, a former Women Deliver Young Leader on December 17th, 2017. The campaign was executed in two phases: Phase 1 was the media awareness through Facebook and television and radio stations Phase 2 was the discussion on family planning, contraceptive methods available in Guyana and worldwide, effective and fear of each method, the social and economic impact of family planning within the home, community and country and family planning as a tool of empowerment. In addition to the discussion segment, games and quizzes on family planning were played. 2)Conducted family planning counseling to couples who are married, engaged or in a serious relationship. 3)Executed family planning sensitization sessions as the SRHR counselor to adolescent mothers attached to an NGO called Women Across Differences in which the First Lady of Guyana is a patron of. 4)Conducted family planning and contraceptives health talks to adolescents and young adults in churches, youth groups, schools and social settings like the mall and in the streets – Patricee Douglas, Medical Doctor at SRHR Adventures
Describe your contributions to and achievements in family planning.

My work through my advocacy in family planning includes:
1) Coordinator of SRHR Adventures: for two years I have been conducting sessions with youth from youth groups,churches,the University of Guyana, mothers at the hospital and the general public. In addition, I have conducted family planning counselling and executed a "Think Family Planning" campaign.
2)Women Across Differences is an NGO that seeks to reintegrate teen mothers into the school system while engaging in capacity building. Currently I facilitate family planning sessions with the teen mothers.
3) Peer educator and School Health Officer at the Ministry of Public Health: through outreaches and the school health clubs, I educate young people on SRHR,Safer sex,STI, family planning, preventing unwanted pregnancies and abortions

What sparked your passion for family planning?

Guyana currently has the second highest rate of adolescent pregnancy in the Caribbean and Latin America and a contraceptive prevalence rate of 34% (UNICEF 2016) . As an ardent advocate of sexual reproductive health and rights, my passion for family planning was birthed from this reproductive crisis. I believe in empowering and investing in young people for gender equality and the triple effect: healthy young people today will give rise to healthy adults tomorrow and for future generations.

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

1) As the coordinator of SRHR Adventures,the members receive continuous family planning training so as to execute family planning campaigns with male engagement as users and advocates,family planning awareness booths and family planning talks with the members in the public and via media.
2) I executed a "Think Family Planning" campaign which involved the mobilization of males, teen mothers,health care workers etc so as to have various family planning opinions to improve maternal health.

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? :

The engagement of males in family planning and reproductive health can improve health outcomes while promoting equality between women and men, dismantling masculinity norms that make some men unsure about family planning,increasing men’s approval of contraception, improving partner communication around family planning and bolstering women’s confidence in their reproductive decision making. Hence the focus of my platform and the grant will be used to establish a family planning program for men.

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