Florence Masetla

Florence Masetla - 2016 Nominee
Position: Founder & SA Chapter Head
Organization: Florence Masetla Foundation & CLIMB
Climb aims to impact young minds through education, SRHR ,mentoring and sponsorship and the CLIMB against sexual abuse . – Raymond Mungujakissa, CEO/Founder at Education Reach
Describe your contributions to and achievements in family planning.

I founded the Florence Masetla Foundation in 2013 which initially focused on the research and championing the use of technology in education to help eradicate poverty through access to quality education and information for decision making and active citizenship. The foundation has subsequently expanded to include; Youth educational programs, mentorship and educational sponsorship to help children at risk especial the girl child to stay in school. Through the foundation, we pioneered an initiative called Climb against sexual abuse. The purpose of this initiative is to focus on breaking the silence on sexual violence, celebrating the triumphs of survivors, and empowering others to heal from their own experiences of sexual abuse.

What sparked your passion for family planning?

I come from a previously disadvantaged background and I have seen how education and mentorship have helped me break the cycle of abuse and poverty; on how education has given me options to choose whether and/or when to have a child; been exposed to role models who some comes from the improvised background has given me the courage to pursue my dreams of getting an education and thus building a better life not only for myself but for my immediate family instead of placing reliance on a man.

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

Family planning issues are too complex and linked to the other socio-political-economical-religious-cultural issues in our society in need of a multidisciplinary approach. Getting a girl child to believe that there have a chance to success beyond their circumstances and dealing with the environmental aspects linked to this issue e.g. entry barrier for a girl child at risk i.e. a stateless child to access the schooling system or place of work etc. We are dealing with this through partnerships.

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

Africa is termed a young continent seeing over 60% of its population is under the age of 35 most living in extreme poverty, faced with corruption as well as poor education and unemployment just to name a few. “'You educate a man; you educate a man. You educate a woman; you educate a generation.”#BrighamYoung. "To educate girls is to reduce poverty." #Kofi Annan, Former Secretary General of the United Nations. We need to invest more in the girl child through education and good role modeling.

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

To reach and work more with girls at risk through our programs.
To partner with more likeminded organisation in order to offer a holistic approach to the problem as this issue is not only about sexuality and control but about the whole ecosystem the girl child finds herself.
To empower girl children to take forward the programs we teach them to teach others in their communities.

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