Georgeleen Ekon

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Georgeleen Ekon - 2017 Nominee
Position: Monitoring and Evaluation Officer
Organization: Initiative for Young Women's Health and Development
Current Location: Cross River, Nigeria
BSc Entrepreneurial and Business Management from National Open University of Nigeria
Georgeleen Ekon Champions the use of condoms as a family planning method among her community members. She has provided over 5000 women and men with safe sex materials (condoms and lubricant). She has built the capacity of 200 women as peer educators. – Abass Yusuf, Social Worker at Heartland Alliance International - Nigeria
Describe your contributions to and achievements in family planning.

As a peer educator, I have reached 7500 young men with reproductive health education and safe sex commodities. In 2012, I worked as a Youth Reproductive Health Officer; I planned, designed and implemented projects that provided young women and adolescent girls with Comprehensive Sexuality Education and also educated men on their role in Family planning. As an Outreach Coordinator, I trained 200 young women as peer educators. I built the capacity of 200 peer educators in ensuring quality and accurate prevention messages reach our target community. I ensured that all project data is regularly collated and provided to the Data Entry Assistant for review. I have distributed a total of 80000 male condoms, 36900 female condoms and 40000 lubricants to promote safe sex in my community.

What sparked your passion for family planning?

Access to Comprehensive Sexuality Education in my community is limited among women and adolescent girls and these results in women and adolescent girls have little or no knowledge on how to properly plan child bearing/spacing. The rate of unwanted pregnancies increased hence the need for abortion services which is unsafe and illegal and in most cases creates severe complications that either results to the death of the mother or inability of the mother to bear a child in later years.

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

In March 2014 after the death of 2 young women in my community as a result of taking pills intended to abort their pregnancy, I started a girls talk platform that provided a total of 500 Young Women aged 15 - 29 with information on Comprehensive Sexuality Education and Family planning. This effort lead to the creation of a Family planning unit in my organization in April 2016 where young women drop in to access information on Family planning and Reproductive Health. We have reached 378 girls.

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 use the 120 under 40 platform to network and build sustainable alliances with other young people across the world that are breaking boundaries in providing Family planning services. I will use the $1000 grant to pilot a Radio school project that will be focused at providing young people in rural communities in Cross River, Nigeria with curriculum based family planning education on air. This project will reach out to 5000 young people directly and over 10000 young people indirectly.

Photos of the nominee in the field/at work
During a condom use capacity building session

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